A chance encounter with Harold A. Cueva Vasquez

Yesterday I bumped into Peruvian painter Harold C. Cueva Vasquez on the streets of Winterthur. We had had a lovely chat, and he invited me to take some pictures of him in his atelier in ‘Haus zum Bilder’ (www.inzwischen.ch) as well.

You can visit his exposition in Kulturort Uferzone, Theiligerstrasse 59, 8484 Theilingen (www.ufer-zone.ch) until June 16, 2019. On June 2, 2019, he will paint there live!

Harold’s own website is http://artecuevas.ch/. Check it out!

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A super trio is born!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a concert of Trio Lusinea. Trio Lusinea is an unusual combination of three instruments: a bassoon, a flute and a harp. The trio consists of three friends and world-class musicians: Valeria Curti (Bassoon), Isabel Goller (Harp) and Annina Rusch (Flute). In the cozy environment of Atelier 17A in Zurich, they played works of Ravel,Yun, Glinka, Bozza and Jolivet.

It was a fantastic event and if their performance made one thing clear it was this: a new super trio is born.

Thanks, Valeria, Isabel, and Annina. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing you again soon!

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Equipment: Panasonic Lumix G7 | Olympus 17mm1.8 | Olympus 45mm1.8 |Panasonic 14-42 3.5-5.6


 

Big Heads Martin Schoeller Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam

I really enjoyed visiting the exposition Big Heads by German photographer Martin Schoeller in the Fotomuseum earlier this year. ‘Big Heads’ is a series of close-up portraits taken of (mostly) celebrities, taken with a wide angle lens from a short distance with a large format camera and a large aperture. The pictures only show the face of the subjects – even their necks are not visible.

Martin Schoeller explains this unusual perspective from the fact that, when he was an unknown photographer, he did not get much time and possibilities to influence the location or the clothing of his subjects. Cleverly, he decided to turn this weakness in a strength. Instead, the had to work fast and accept the location and clothing as a given.

Martin Schoeller explains the choice of celebrities as subjects due to this upbringing in post-war Germany where heroes and worshipping them, was not done due to the second world war. For this reason, he was surprised by the celebrity culture in the USA when he emigrated to this country.

Prior to establishing himself as an independent photographer, he worked as an assistant for Annie Leibovitch. He credits his technique to Bernd and Hilla Becher, who became famous for their work of identical industrial installations.

The Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam is located in Katendrecht, in the neighborhood of Hotel New York. the former terminal building of the HAL (Holland America Line). Here a number of emigrants left Europe for the US.

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All pictures were taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 (Mark I)


 

Art City Rotterdam

Had a wonderful afternoon in Rotterdam yesterday. I first walked around the so-called Cube houses at the Blaak. Then I walked to van Beek, my favorite art supplies shop. Here I attend a workshop with glazing techniques (see the result below).

Afterwards I took a stroll from the Wijnhaven to the City. Along the way I bumped into Fokko Muller – Street photographer and Olympus Visionary.

Later I came across a great performance by singer bass player Xenia. She was accompanied by Manfred on drums and Mohammed as MC. Afterwards they were kind enough to pose for some portraits.

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Wijnhaven
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Fokke Muller – Streetphotographer and Olympus Visionary
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Xenia, Manfred and Mohammed
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Photoshoot Dutch Painter Iris Duchateau

A couple of weeks ago I did an impromptu photoshoot with Dutch painter Iris Duchateau when we met each other in Normandy (France). Iris was originally a violin player who took up painting later in her career. I absolutely love her work – check it out on www.irisduchateau.nl.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


Portrait La Lupa

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Whilst I was doing a photoshoot around Bellevue in Zurich, I more or less literally bumped into La Lupa, a well-known Swiss singer and performer. She was immediately willing to pose for me for a portrait. Check her out! Her website is http://www.la-lupa.ch.


Picture taken with Nikon D750 and Tamron 28-75 mm lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.