Tomi Ungerer Forever

18.01.2017

Tomi Ungerer is a French illustrator and writer, who works in German, French and English. He published over 140 books and numerous drawings, from children’s books, like the well-known Three Rubbers (1961) to adult work, from fantastic to autobiographical work. Living in Ireland, he has a dedicated museum in his hometown in France, Strasbourg, since 2007, which has over 8 000 originals drawings and sketches as well as numerous toys and creations of the artist. They are presented by groups of about 300 art pieces, changed regularly.

For Tomi’s 85th birthday, the museum launched an exhibition, Tomi Ungerer Forever, Over 85 artists for his 85th birthday. A hundred artists presented works to honour Tomi Ungerer. Their work is a tribute to a famous, over productive artist: some of them drew sketches with a message, others used Tomi’s fantastic universe to show their attachment to it. They are all very different but all full of emotion, as it is a beautiful way to show their admiration for an incredible artist.

The following pictures show both the museum’s personal collection, and the artists’ tributes for Tomi’s birthday.

Camera : Nikon D 3200.

Autumn’s Dead Leaves

31.10.2016

Autumn, this wonderful season, is back !  I love the fresh air in the morning, the sunsets when I go home at night, the colours in the vegetation, the noise leaves make when I walk on them, the wind that makes them whirl around me, flashes of orange, red and brown, the shadows and the shapes naked trees form, dark silhouettes against the sky…

Each time I walk in a pile of dead leaves, it makes me think of a famous song from the French poet Jacques Prévert, written in 1945, Les feuilles mortes or Dead Leaves, which I feel is very powerful.

Oh! je voudrais tant que tu te souviennes
Des jours heureux où nous étions amis
En ce temps-là la vie était plus belle,
Et le soleil plus brûlant qu’aujourd’hui
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Tu vois, je n’ai pas oublié…
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle,
Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi
Et le vent du nord les emporte
Dans la nuit froide de l’oubli.
Tu vois, je n’ai pas oublié
La chanson que tu me chantais.

Oh, I would like you so much to remember
Those happy days when we were friends, and how
Life in those times was more lovely and tender,
Even the sun shone more brightly than now.
Dead leaves are gathering as in December
You see how one never forgets…
Dead leaves are gathering as in December,
Just like the memories and the regrets.
And then the north wind comes and sweeps them
Into oblivion’s icy night.
You see how I never forgot
That old song that you sang for me.

Couplet 1, Les feuilles Mortes, J. Prévert, 1945 / Verse 1, translated by C. Lubliner, 2004

Camera : Nikon D 3200.

Baltimore Beacon & Cape Clear Island

15.10.2016

I went on a short photographic trip to Baltimore Beacon and Cape Clear Island with friends today. We were lucky, the weather was with us: it was bright and sunny, and the little rain we had created rainbows. The Baltimore Beacon is absolutely beautiful, and it is definitely a nice spot to take pictures. The cliffs, the white beacon, the sun, the clouds were magnificent. On Cape Clear Island, a short but steep path enabled us to reach the top of the island and enjoy an astonishing view.

Definitely worth going there, and going back again!

Camera : Nikon D 3200.

Bokeh Photography, the beginning

10.10.2016

I discovered bokeh photography during a session with the CIT’s photography society today. Bokeh is usually defined as “the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens”, or the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light: the camera focus on a near point, and the rest of the picture is blurred. We used coloured garlands lights to create luminous spots in the background, and simply worked with a cup of coffee as training.

I also stepped outside to try the effect on other things, and used human subjects and leaves as an experiment.

I like this method very much: the render is great as it creates powerful effects, and it enables me to emphasis on a certain element or message in the picture.

Camera : Nikon D 3200.