“happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

― mahatma gandhi


Statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parc Marie-José, Joseph Baecklaan, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean.

I will not attempt to add words to those of this inspirational man.

How could I?

(for lucile’s photo rehab)

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 50mm f/1.4 lens, iso 200, 1/200 sec at f/7.1, an experiment in posting a photo with no edits*


the kiss

“the human race tends to remember the abuses to which it has been subjected rather than the endearments
what’s left of kisses?
wounds, however, leave scars”

― Bertolt Brecht


never before, and then

her skin soft, his fingers searching

her lips open, wanting

they kissed



*my friend lucile from lucile de godoy | bridging lacunas has challenged me to join in the 5-day b&w photo challenge, where I must post a black and white photo each day for 5 days and nominate someone else to join the challenge, today i’d like to invite Albert (aka nty6x) from passionately curious, to join the challenge with us*

*sculpture, la roche en ardenne, for b&w 2:5*


eclectic corner #2 decadence

*shot with nikon d700, edited in aperture 3 and silver efex pro 2*


shooting people (in stone)

“i’m waiting, for what, my kind of people, what kind is that, i can tell my kind of people by their faces, by something in their faces”

― ayn rand








(warandepark, brussel)


*shot with nikon d700, old and battered 70-300mm lens, processed with aperture 3, silver ex pro 2, full contrast and structure filter*


wrinkle eclectic (uncovered)

“there is no exquisite beauty, without some strangeness in the proportion.”

― edgar allan poe

wrinkle eclectic

wrinkle eclectic

Photo 101 on WordPress had consequences.

One, there were others, was being invited to join Justine’s Eclectic Corner, a select group of bloggers, writers, poets, photographers and errr…me (yes, go figure)

So each week, a challenge is laid down.

The first week’s challenge was “guessing game”, the idea was that other members of the group should seek to guess the subject matter of a photo in the style of a “wrinkle”.

Many of the guesses came very close.

As you can see. Below and to the left.


(statue, river side, mechelen)

Eclectic Corner #1


architecture and morality

“Sealand forgets her friends
She’ll not leave them again
Mother, sister and home
These arms fail you so”

Sealand – OMD – “Architecture and Morality” – 1981




This place has quite a history.



photography101: weekend one (two)

A second response to the photo101 “weekend homework”

I came across this sculpture in a hollow in the park in the centre of Brussel close to the Palace.

Faded and run down but alluring…

This time some colour in my photos.

Le me know what you think and have a great weekend!

Now time for a glass of wine 😉

photography101:weekend one


After a little digging around on the web I have discovered that the statue is “La Madeleine repentante (1779) de Jérôme Duquesnoy repose dans une grotte artificielle dans le fond du parc.”

The woody hollow itself is a throwback to an ancient valley that predates the construction of the park. In September 1830 Dutch soldiers were trapped and defeated here by revolutionaries. The place was closed to the public throughout the second half of the 19th Century and even today has an eerie and unsettling atmosphere…


Cinque sculture, Cinque continenti






Do our political leaders share the vision of a better world captured by Maurizio Toffoletti?

Reproduced below are the words typed on a single sheet of paper at the centre of this simple and provocative display challenging those who approach the EU Parliament in the heart of Brussel.

Cinque sculture, Cinque continenti uniti da una tensione e all’armonia e alla solidità, interconnessi in un mirabile gioco di equilibri e di luce

Cosi, la ricerca dello scultore Maurizio Toffoletti esprime il suo ideale di pace, una sintesi virtuosa di realtà e vocazione.

Un lavoro che iscrive nella materia dura e nobile del marmo i valori della comune e pacfica convivenza.

E’ il modo in cui il contenuto forte ma sobrio dell’artista leccese comunica l’afflato universale verso un mondo migliore.

Verso un nuovo umanesimo, che nella sua scultura dalle forme scultoree aerodinamiche ed evocative, incarna la rappresentazione dall’alto del progetto di città universale.

Un luogo che, sulle orme raffinate del pensiero di Italo Calvino delle “Città Invisibili”, riceve la sua forma “dal deserto dello spirito cui si oppose”.

Five sculptures, Five continents tied by a tension to harmony and stability, interconnected in an enchanting game of balance and light.

Thus, the research of the sculpture, Maurizio Toffoletti, expresses his ideal of peace, a virtuous synthesis of reality and vocation.

It is a masterpiece that seals in the hard and noble material of marble the values of common and peaceful coexistence.

In this way the powerful but austere contribution of the Leccese artist conveys to the viewers the universal inspiration towards a better world.

It is a genuine quest towards a new humanism, that strives to give shape to the aerial representation of the Universal City through aerodynamic and evocative sculptural lines.

It is an ideal site which gradually takes shape and form “from the desert of the spirit that it opposes” as remarked by the refined writer Italo Calvino in the “Invisible Cities”.

Cinq scupltures, Cinq continents unis par une tension à l’harmonie et à la solidité, qui sont interconnectés dans un magnifique jeu d’équilibre et de lumiere.

Ainsi, la recherche du scuplteur Maurizio Toffoletti exprime son idéal de paix, une synthèse vertueuse de réalité et vocation.

Un travail qui inscrit dans le matériau dur et noble du marbre les valeurs de la coexistence commune et pacifique.

C’est ainsi que le contenu simple mais puissant de l’artiste originaire de Lecce traduit l’inspiration universelle vers un monde meilleur.

Vers un nouvel humanisme, qui incarne, dans ses scupltures aérodynamiques et évocatrices, la représentation en perspective du project de Ville Universelle.

Un lieu qui, sur les traces de la penseé raffinée de “Villes Invisibles” d’Italo Calvino, doit sa forme au “désert de l’esprit auquel il s’oppose”.