When you got the Blues…

I know, nothing to do with that great Blues music. But just a selection of photos in blue from the last weeks.

All shots made on that great late Agfa Vista el cheapo film. We will miss you!

Now I’d like to go to Greece and make some photos of white houses with blue doors and shutters under a glaringly blue sky…

Perhaps an idea for the next vacation…

Anyways, as long as we got some sun here in 🇱🇺 Luxembourg 🇱🇺 I’ll go for it.

Thanks for visiting!

16 thoughts on “When you got the Blues…

  1. While it’s fun to find the pictures to take, and then making them, once you’ve done all that and got to that point to your satisfaction, it then comes to be less about making the pictures as much as what it is to do with them all, don’t you think…?

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  2. “As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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    • Well, HCB’s on about the act of making photographs. But but how often do you look at your own photographs… Anyway, he’s not one to talk, he chucked it in and went back to painting 🙂

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      • I have been going through my photos quite a lot those last months. Blogging some, printing some or just enjoying them.

        Also looking through some of my pre-film photos from a former life…. photos are important memories for me even though I hardly make any family photos.

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      • Bresson didn’t ‘chucked it in’ with photography, his first love was drawing and painting. He also like surrealists approach to art of the time.
        Having seen the photograph of the three boys at Lake Tanganyika by Martin Munkácsi taken in 1929, Bresson said he decided that photography was a way of get a instant sketch and use a surrealist eye with his images. This was seen in his pictures from Mexico and Spain in the 1930’s.
        Retired from photography in the 1975 he returned his first love drawing, only taking the occasional private portrait. He continued his involvement with the Magnum photo agency as a founding member until his death 2004.

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  3. Hmm, photography is double fun! First I enjoy making the photos. This ranges from seeing the stuff, framing it, pressing the shutter and all that to later developing the film and ‘scanning’ it and then working a bit on the images.

    Second is the fact that I can look at them, hang them on a wall, gift them or show them around on my blog. Looking at a photo always reminds me of the day I shot it, of the mood I was in….

    And the whole serves to calm me, makes me feel good. Purely personal. As HCB said (Thanks Martin) it‘s not to prove something, it’s just to make me smile. A way of life…

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  4. Yes, I did mean on a practical level rather than a philosophical one. I think when you’ve been doing it a while you tend to know the inner reasons of why you’re doing it – although sharing extends the act of making photographs beyond the self I think, so I suspect HCB was just sounding off.

    But I was thinking more on a practical level than the philosophical level. And I’m thinking specifically of street photography maybe. For sure in 20 – 30 years time and beyond they’ll have greater inherent interest value than now. But what to do with them in them all in the meantime…

    Maybe it’s what Viv Maier wrestled with. I suspect it is.

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  5. That’s interesting about what you say about not taking pictures of your family. My dad was quite good with that. There are huge photographic gaps in my personal life when I didn’t have a camera that looking back now I wish I could fill. The photographer’s lacunae. Even so what to do with them if I had them. The family photo archive sits in boxes and albums.

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  6. on va éviter d’avoir le blues en sortant de ce premier cliché et se trouver un autre lieu plus agréable dans la nature avec ce second cliché et regarder autres comme des animaux afin d’entendre d’autres cris que les humains,ces trois clichés me font parler

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  7. Well, the reason Cartier-Bresson would have stayed on with Magnum was that once you are a member of Magnum Club you are a member for life, whether you are a founding member or not. Your pictures are marketed by Magnum and there will be other “rewards” let’s say. According to Magnum he started chucking it in when he was 60. Retirement is when something is more about work than it is about passion. So he’d obviously had enough of photography.

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    • Kevin, I think HCB had the right, after all he did for photography, to switch back to his first love… painting.

      We are well aware that he did a great job with his photography. And he was a great painter too. So who are we to judge if he hd the right to stop one thing or the other. Interests change during life and often you go a different way you chose at first. He decided, after many years of photography to return to his first love. Who are we to protest?

      I know that I have made some passable photos (nothing to compare with HCB of course) and I’m happy with them. If tomorrow I decide to sell my cameras and, let’s say, write a book… my problem entirely! I will stioll have my photos and cherish them!

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