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And I’m back! Been away from the keyboard for a while. But I’m back with more photography from artists around the globe.

As a fun experiment I started a tumblr page for a photography project. Just started it. On this page I will try to explore the photographic beauty of a very popular virtual world. Namely the Grand Theft Auto 5 universe. In this fast and fun game one can take pictures of this beautifully crafted world. Let’s try to connect the real world with this virtual world by bringing some of my photographs to your screen. Still kinda virtual but still…

Got to the Tumblr page by clicking the following link: GTA 5 Photography

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Nachtflüge Series - Planes in the night sky

Capturing the Highways in the Skies by Kevin Cooley

Nachtflüge Series - Planes in the night sky

The series Nachtfluge by landscape photographer Kevin Cooley, reminded me of the opening song to a cartoon I watched a lot in my younger years. I’m talking about Transformers. In the opening song of that show they sung “..Robots in disguise..”. At the time I thought, being a Dutch kid who knew only a couple of English words, they were singing: “…Robots in the skies“. It made sense to me, they did flew around a lot. Luckily my English did get a little better.

Perhaps the robots weren’t all in the skies. But in this series Nachtfluge we do see the pathways in the skies. Not created by gigantic robots who for some reason need to blend in on earth by transforming into a car or fighter jet. But the trails of aircrafts. Showing us the highways they travel on. The long exposure photographs were all taken at major airports across the United States of America. Some of the photographs in this series reminds me a little bit of the wonderful House Hunting series by Todd Hido. The colors are amazing and the angles and landscapes Kevin Cooley picks give a good sense of the neighboring places of these Highways.

Kevin Cooley’s website: www.kevincooley.net

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doug rickard

Google Road Trip

The United States of America has and will always be a place that will inspire dreams and capture the imagination of many. The greatness of the land, the nature, the mixture of cultures and way of living, it all makes the USA a great place to travel around in. A country made for an epic road trip.

Unfortunately not everybody will be able to travel around in this vast part of the world. But fortunately Google Maps makes it possible to wander around in neighborhoods and trough the states of the Americas from the comfort of your own home. Doug Rickard undertook a trip that lasted around two years. He looked for places with vivid colors and certain compositions. Many have compared it with the works of Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. Some of the photos even remind me of paintings by Edward Hopper. Rickard’s series’ called “A New American Picture”. He lets us see a glimpse of americana by using a service meant for many things. And like all artist he makes us look differently at what is in front of us. On the screen and on the streets. So next time you find yourself traveling on your computer, think about Doug Rickard’s wonderful photo series.

Doug Rickard’s website: www.dougrickard.com

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Form Integration

In the series “Habitat” Belgium photographer/artist Xavier Delory looks at prefab houses. House that can be found on the countryside of Belgium. And perhaps even in other western countries. One specific type of houses can be found here, called ‘Clé sur porte’. Or “Turnkey”. From which the definition is” Urban prefab cluster of similar forms implanted in the landscape without any effort of integration.

I look at the photographs and see visually interesting landscapes. Xavier depicts these houses almost as a representation of a social mega-trend. With little adjustments to the houses we see a closed up habitat were we, the individual, live our lives. Perhaps the words “without any effort of integration” says it all. We are all living in a society that builds on individuality by presenting us choices. And in the end the choices made per individual are not so different at all, yet we all feel unique. And all life our close-up lives without really trying to integrate.

Xavier Delory’s website: www.xavierdelory.be 

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