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Gateways to the past and the future: Doors & Windows

Openings in walls created to enable the passage of things, many and varied things.

Openings in walls blocked to prevent the passage of things, many and varied things. 

They amaze me.

Some are for people or animals to pass through, others for light to filter through, or perhaps to catch a breeze. 

Camilliansthey’re  barriers that shun or block outsiders or hold captive insiders, openings through which to greet and welcome … or eject …. shapes to be decorated or neglected …. their role can evolve over time, or fade away.

Many have a history, a single door might one day have been castle protector, later the entrance to a cathedral and then later again a barrier to freedom for prisoners held within. The Bastille from money storage to misery creation to dust.

There are monastery gates and doors that are now a canvas for graffiti.  A farm gate becomes a garden centrepiece – from a tool to a decoration – from practical purpose to artistic application. Each has a story.  To peer through you can often get a glimpse of history of stories (glory, gory and ordinary), not just the physical that lays beyond.

Others simply rust, rot and fall apart, or stand naked amongst the rubble that was once the wall that held them fast, that adorned them, that gave them purpose, that made them a door or a window or a gate.

I invite you to notice them as you pass by, they can be a treasure trove of visual pleasure, an ironic reflection of local events or history, a sad reflection of times past/or perhaps current times, a source of wonderment, thought provoking, maybe amusing. 

Below is a selection of some photos I recently took of images that caught my eye. 

Share your doors and windows photos with me by adding them to my Flickr Album at: Flickr Album  or my Instagram the address below. Or send to me at: rod@cunich.com.au

Like people each is unique, each had a plan, a purpose and a future. Some still do. Others have passed their used by date. Remember my mantra  for estate planning: ‘Plan, plan now and review regularly.’  Don’t allow it to fall into disrepair.

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Gateway to Bull Fighting Ring

 

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Recycling in the Galapagos

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Stone houses and stable in Provence

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Musician’s home in Paris (deceased)

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Canal Gates

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No one home

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Still not home

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A potted view of life

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Farm Gate Ecuador

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Sun Dial

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Ochre Mines in Provence

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The Dolphins disembarking the Galapagos Legend – just take 2 steps backward

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I modeled for these

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Gateway to God

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The Chez Republic playing it down

………. and the sample go on endlessly.  I look forward to seeing your photos on Flickr, Facebook or Instagram.

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Monet to Motorways: French Impressionists

Do you like impressionist art works?  I do, or rather, perhaps, I did.

Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ is a masterpiece. Posters of this fine work adorn cafes and homes world wide – but I recently discovered the painting is just like a mere pixel extracted from a much grander piece of work.

Monet spent the last years of his life working on a single extravaganza that until recently I didn’t know existed. The work comprises two panoramic paintings of the water lily pond in his garden, each stretching the full circumference of its very own oval shaped room, the two oval rooms abutting at their narrowest point to form an elongated figure 8. The painting were created for such rooms and the rooms then constructed to house the works.

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Floor Plan

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Wide view of one of the rooms

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End of room 2

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A close up of any part of the huge works is a master piece in its own right.

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A small portion of one of the panels (pixel size compared to the whole work)

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Another close up of a small corner of a panel

 

The paintings are a visual and sensual experience to be shared by young and old alike.

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I’ve visited galleries dedicated to many artists, but this work housed in the specially constructed Orangerie Museum (Musee de L’Orangerie) is a must see for all. Its located on the Seine in the west corner of the Tuileries Gardens next to the Place de la Concorde in Paris – where the most infamous of the revolutionary guillotines cut out a piece of history for itself.

Post museum discovery …. I went on to discover a whole new subset of modern day French impressionists …. and it seems they are all gainfully employed in their chosen field of endeavor.

Yes, the French employ them to prepare tourist maps. Those maps handed out freely to tourists by the ‘Touristic Informacion’ centers found in every French city and rural hamlet.

Often entitled ‘Walking Tours’ … these hazardous jewels of misinformation sport a mix of multi-coloured lines and shapes interspersed with icons and text. Very pretty !

Following a map literally – rather than just feeling its vibe – is a mistake. Basics such as scale, the direction of North, the inclusion of all streets and street structure (grid vs triangular or other) are all seemingly optional and if included, accuracy is relative. Relative to what, I couldn’t determine – certainly not reality.

Occasionally you actually end up at an identified landmark appearing on the map …. a museum, a Cathedral, a fountain, a park or whatever.  Perhaps even the landmark you were looking for. Such discoveries are all the more wonderful for the finding …. as it’s akin to discovering a pot of gold relying on a treasure hunt map …. whose directions would be considered a class performance by those who prepare cryptic crossword puzzles. Surrealists have cause to be envious. Perhaps Picasso missed his true calling.

Don’t read this as a warning against using them …… For experience sake, don’t avoid these master pieces as they often guide you to places that don’t even exist – or that’s how it feels after hours of being lost in streets not included on the map. These unpublished sites are often the special memories that you recall when ruminating about your day.

To be fair, streets named on a map occasionally make a cameo appearance …. often at ons far removed form where they should be – at least according to the map. Perhaps the streets (or landmarks) wantonly move around at random as you seek them out? Many streets certainly do change names at random intervals along their journey from somewhere to somewhere else, or perhaps to nowhere in particular.

Cursing the maps when lost, or asking locals for directions are equally fruitless enterprises. If time isn’t an issue for you,  I recommend you try out some of these living works of art and enjoy the surprises as they unfold for you.

A written copy of your address t show a taxi driver is your get out of goal card.

I haven’t framed any of the many maps I engaged/wrestled with, but perhaps I should. One day there maybe a museum that collects them.

As for the GPS systems in French hire cars …. I’m not sure whether their data and maps are not properly updated or the French delibrately set out to send the disturbed (me) across the line to enjoy full blown insanity … but that’s another story.

Visit these links to read the story of Monet’s master works at the Musee de  L’Orangerie and the history of the museum itself:

1    Monet’s Lily Pond

2  The Museum Orangerie and its Monet

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EP + Photography

…. have a lot in common.

The more I pursue my passion for photography and my profession in Estate Planning – the more the common connections come into focus.

Have you had the experience? – as the camera’s shutter fires (sh’rr tonk) you just know ‘that will be a great photo … I nailed it’.

All the elements – the composition, the light, the timing, a story narrative, the correct camera settings – all those things that make a great photo come together and are caught in a heart  beat.  A magic moment.

Then there are those other … more frequent experiences:  ‘I hope I got that’ or ‘I hope I can make something of that’ or ‘bugger, I missed it’.

Or perhaps a later moment when you discover your camera settings weren’t correct for any number of a thousand reasons.  With me it’s usually because I’ve bumped a setting, or forgotten to change a setting after my last shot or simply didn’t have my brain in gear.

You know that feeling ….  ‘I stuffed it’.

Magic moments sometimes just happen. A mix of skill, timing and luck combine to make a great photo and to make you a great photographer. Sometimes it’s luck alone.

Great photographer’s however make magic moments happen.

Like me, I’m sure they sometimes strike it lucky too but the reality is that their best photos come about through planning each shot, and leaving nothing (or as little as possible) to chance.

Planning leads to refined skills that in turn help improve the odds of ‘getting it right’.  BUT pure talent never replaces the need to plan if you want to gets the best results.

Some shots take a lot of planning, some require a long lead time to prepare for, some require support and guidance from others, some require lots of resources.

Camera gear plays its role but is often secondary to other elements of the equation.

Long after I took up photography as a hobby, I was on a social outing with friends. One was a professional photographer. I took many shots with my cheap “point and shoot” camera. I captured lots of great memories but no great shots. My friend the photographer picked up my camera and (after planning each shot for a few moments) took half a dozen photos. I kept every one. They were truly wonderful ….. and also captured great memories.

Same subject matter as mine but he planned each shot. He had talent. Learned talent. Skills acquired over time – experience, but still he planned each shot (even if only for a very short time) and the combination of experience and planning bore out the results.

Estate Planning is the same. To get it right requires planning, sometimes lots of planning, the right equipment and help of an expert with experience.

As a planning professional I have a high success rate at achieving good outcomes.  Outcomes achieved by working through all the elements and carefully defining a client’s options and then planning and over seeing their implementation.

My photography on the other hand needs a lot more time and attention. I tend to take photos on holidays so I shoot anything that catches my eye as I buzz past.  As my experience increases the planning time reduces, but it seems – often not enough time!

I’ve had enough experience that I can get some reasonable shots with just a little planning for each shot but I’m a long way from taking great shots – I need to take the time to plan and apply my experience in a structured way.

To wrap up: great photographers make good photos happen – people who take heir family responsibilities seriously take the time to plan for their future so that they maximise the chances of achieving the best outcomes.

OR be a gambler ….  elect to always just  “point and shoot” – you may get lucky.

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The blacks and whites in Paris

……. and all shades of grey in between ….

Paris and Provence  are a delight if you like black and white photography.  Any photography for that matter.  I resisted shooting plates of food – – – and stuck to eating it.

Below I share a selection of photos I took during a recent visit to Paris and Provence.

There is no rhyme or reason to the selection … more random than thoughtful. If you don’t like these I have LOTS more.

The first is a colour photo – just to let you know I did see lots of colour too – then a few with dashes of colour to ease you into the B&Ws that cover the full range from high to low contrast.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Dogs in Paris

No, this isn’t about the English, nor those Frenchmen who are barking mad (in fact we found the Parisians extremely friendly).

I’ll share photos of some of the fun times with the locals in future posts.

No, this is short photo collection that demonstrates the French love and tolerance of their beloved hounds.

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Brunch at Cafe Magot – one of the best in Paris

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Dinner with the family at a local restaurant

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Booties….well it is winter

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The very fast train is a hoot

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Inspecting fountains at the Royal Palace

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Puppy play-time in the gardens of the Louvre

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Wasn’t this why the Louvre was made?

Beer-O’clock

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There is an after-life for us dogs

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The French do irreverent well

 

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