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Outside of This (Inside of That)


A beautiful golden oldie by Jon & Vangelis from their great album The Friends of Mr Cairo.

Please click here. It may show as video not available, then you can find it on the YouTube Channel of luxorITA.

Outside of This


I was there and then and then
You were there and then and then
We were there the beginning of time

I was there and then and then
You were there and then and then
We are together in time




big bang theory


I have always enjoyed collage work, and have been following collage artist Ben Stainton’s blog for a while now. This work is one of my favourites.

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Appreciating Lisa Larsen


Fans in a Flashbulb is a great blog site. Here is an example of one of their posts, this time about photographer Lisa Larsen who seemed a very interesting woman.

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Alfred Eisenstaedt, [Lisa Larsen], ca. 1953 (2008.4.316)

When people think of LIFE’s pioneering female photographers, usually it’s Margaret Bourke White who springs to mind. But much can be said for Lisa Larsen (1925-1959), who photographed a wide array of subjects for the pages of LIFE. Larsen was born in Germany and moved to the United States as a teenager. She started out as a picture file clerk at Black Star, but soon progressed to freelance photojournalism for many publications, including Vogue, The New York Times, Parade, Glamour, Charm, Holiday, and LIFE. After 1948, the bulk of Larsen’s photojournalism was contract work for LIFE. In the beginning she was assigned mainly entertainment and fashion stories, such as photographing the Vanderbilt family, Kennedy family, Bing Crosby, and the Duke of Windsor as well as the Greenbriar Hotel. Mrs. Vanderbilt once told Larsen to…

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The themes that are emerging from this Move Me project are unexpected. As London based street photographer Nick Turpin says on his website : “… the street reveals itself to you through the act of making pictures and as times goes on themes and patterns often emerge in the resulting pictures and as you become aware of these ‘subjects’ you find yourself seeing them more often and actually looking out for them. You end up with a project you didn’t know you wanted.” I could not have said this better. For more inspiring words and images on street photography, check out his website, click on either link in the text above. He also has a blog on “Sevensevennine”.

On their own these images may not be so interesting, but in a series they make much more sense. Except the middle image, which to me tells a story of loneliness. The man may just be waiting for a friend, and may not be lonely at all, but that is the feeling I get. This is enhanced by the idea of prison that I get from all the metal vertical lines that surround him.

I like how each image has an element of colour in it (from top to bottom: yellow, turquoise, green), and also how they show a person from different angles, one from behind, one sitting and from the front and one side on.

Vivian Maier


Vivian Maier was an American street photographer. Her story is an intriguing one, and her candid, and often humorous photographs inspire and move me greatly. The PDF Vivian Maier, which I created, shows some of her images featuring legs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

For more information about this interesting woman, and to see her images, please visit:

New York Times Lens Blog – “New Street Photography, 60 Years Old” by David W. Dunlap – 7 January 2011.

New York Times Lens Blog – “Vivian Maier: Better and Better” by Kerry MacDonald – 16 February 2012

Chicago “The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier” by Nora O. Donnell

Michael Jackson – Blood on the Dance Floor


There is a lot you can say about Michael Jackson and his music. I just like to say that to me he was an incredible dancer who created great music videos and the best live shows. He was not only performing a dance, he was the dance. It was in his blood. The stage set for this video works very well, so do the colourful costumes. Enjoy.

Welcome to the “Great Moments in Time” exhibition


My name is Bertie Plaatsman and I am the curator of this “Great Moments in Time” exhibition.

One of my interests is documentary photography and making ordinary objects and situations in our everyday life visible.  Including those little things that go unnoticed until they are missing or until someone points them out to us. Photography is the perfect media to document moments in time and photographers have done this since the birth of photography, in 1827.

My intent with this exhibition is, besides showing you beautiful photographs, to make you aware of the ordinary things in life and how they can become extraordinary. I will endeavour to do this by talking about these works and artists in terms of context, subject matter, content and form. I have chosen photographers who were all born in a similar time period, the beginning of the 20th century and they all operate within the context of the everyday and documentary photography. Their work on show is from 1930’s and the 1950’s and depicts street scenes in France and New York. I chose these photographers because they are informing my work now and examples of this are included in the exhibition.



Gyula Halász was a Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker. He called himself Brassaï as this means “from Brassó”, which is the city in Hungary where he was born on 9 September 1899. He died in France on 8 July 1984. He arrived in Paris in 1924 and fell in love with the city. He is well-known for his photographs of the Parisian night life. After the publication of his first book “Paris by Night”, his friend and writer Henry Miller called him “the eye of Paris”.

“Oldest Police Station in Paris” – 1933

The content of this photo can be taken from the title “Oldest Police Station in Paris”. Police stations are associated with crime, cells and the “darker side of life” and with that in mind, it makes sense to take this photo at night -in the dark-, rather then by daylight. However, this photo does not evoke a sinister, but rather an intimate feeling, because of the light and shadow. The two men who are possibly policemen add to the photograph, as you may wonder what they are talking about. It also shows that at that moment in time the police station is in use. Without their presence it would still be a good photo, but less interesting.

“Open Gutter” – 1933

This photo depicts a scene that many people must have passed without noticing the beauty of the lines. Gutters are usually not associated with beauty, but Brassaï has made it so. He took it at a great angle, not showing much above the surface. His intent was to raise people’s awareness of the beauty that can be found in everyday life. He once said: “The purpose of art is to raise people to a higher level of awareness than they would otherwise attain on their own.” By looking at this photo you may start looking at the things around you in a different way.

Louis Stettner


Louis Stettner is an American photographer born in New York in 1922 and best known for his photographs of  New York and Paris. He has photographed fleeting moments in those cities and captured the changes for more than 60 years. His subject matter is varied: people, playing children, buildings and objects in their ordinary, everyday life. His method is captured in his words: “I would take long daily walks with my camera, leaving myself open to whatever happened around me. I suppose I was driven by a great need and love to get close to the world around me.”

Stettner was a contempory of Brassaï who operated in a similar context and who inspired him. He said that Brassaï taught him to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

That he has an eye for the usually unnoticed and a sense of humour shows in this photograph of a car in New York. It reminds us of a face and the photo only shows the most important features. There is nothing in this photo that does not need to be there. The documentary value of this photo is that the content shows a beautiful designed car and that it snowed in New York in 1956.

Snowcar New York 1956

I am inspired by the way Stettner portrays the beauty and fun in the ordinariness and routine of the world around him. This shows in the photo “Foodism” I took in Amsterdam in 2009 and in the photos of the children playing. I do not know the people and children in the photos. My method is to go for a wander and let myself be surprised by what is around me, and that is how I came across these scenes. Although my photo “Children playing in Amsterdam” was taken 58 years later than Stettner’s photo taken in Paris, their form and content show great similarities.

Stettner – Children playing in Paris – 1951

Bertie Plaatsman – Children playing in Amsterdam 2009

Both photos show a boy and a girl playing in the street and both photos show action. In Stettner’s photo the boy has a scooter and the girl is spreading her arms and she is positioned slightly forward. In my photo the boy has a bike and the girl is also spreading her arms and leaning forward. The circular shape showing by the ripples in the water in my photo is similar to the gridlike structure that surrounds the tree in Stettner’s photo. To show that underneath the water is a similar gridlike structure I added my photo of the boy playing in Oosterpark below.

Bertie Plaatsman – Oosterpark Amsterdam 2005

The boy is clearly immersed in his play. Besides the cuteness however, the content is also about tension as the little bike the boy is standing on is not stable. It could easily move and the viewer is left wondering if the boy will be able to keep his balance.

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