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Simply cool

Sometimes, you see a piece of design – graphic in this case – which is just so cool, it’s worth taking a photo of.


We do love Swiss design (who doesn’t?!) and the high quality of graphic design posters advertising various events as we wandered around Zurich was inspiring. Photo by CIA, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2012, International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Zurich, 2012.

Weekly photo challenge: Silhouette

I was pretty excited about this week’s photo challenge theme, until I realised that probably the two best silhouette photos that I have ever taken, I have already posted previously, here and here. Nevertheless, PJD also has something of a penchant for snapping the odd silhouette photo, and I think the photo below, taken in the Tate Tanks is pretty awesome. The silhouettes of the strangers, walking in, through, amongst the art in the eerie space of the Tanks are captured in a pretty unusual way, and the presence of shadowy silhouettes  as well, without it being clear who they belong to, only adds to this effect. I also love how the pink of the woman’s trousers pops against the murky darkness, and the the movement of her silhouette contrasts with the stillness of the other silhouettes in the scene.


Photo by PJD, The Tate Tanks, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, September 2012.

A little Luzerner Graffiti

Street Art in Lucerne varies from the most basic kind of vandalism…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

I’m always happy in an art gallery (or as they tend to call them in the Northern hemisphere, art museum. Here are a few of my favourite pieces of art spotted in galleries along the way on our travels over the past few months. Looking back on them certainly makes me happy, as I remember how happy I was standing in front of these beautiful, inspiring and creative works. So, I hope they might make you happy too, in some small way. The common denominator seems to be, for the most part, vibrant colour. Colour certainly does make me happy (the brighter the better!), as does trying out this new gallery format…

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Up, down, turn around

CIA is not feeling well. Whilst we were in Zürich, she was on a blog vacation, and that explains why you’ve got so much PJD, and so little CIA. She planned to write a post tonight, but since she can’t, we developed a mini writing challenge. She picked out this picture from her cellphone, and I have had ten minutes to think about what I would write in response. I then have 20 minutes to write that response.

Here’s the picture:


And here’s the response:

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Saving the best ’til last

On our recent trip to Paris, we really did save some of the best things in the city until the last day of our short holiday. Normally we are not so much into jamming a large number of sights or attractions into one day (usually we tend to be more of the slow-travel approach, choosing a couple of particular things or places to see in a day, and to really soak them up). But on this final day in Paris, we took a different approach (largely owing to the bad weather we had had during many of the preceding days), and we climbed to the top of both the Arc de Triomphe and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, lunched in a quaint, old-world boulangerie in Montmatre, and even managed to squeeze in a return trip to the Louvre. Oh and one  other thing. We got to see this:

And yes, it was as incredible as it looks… Hopefully this photo has piqued your interest and you are keen to know more, because I’m going to write more about one of our favourite Paris experiences tomorrow… In fact it may have been one of my favourite art experiences ever…


Photo by CIA in Paris, France, June 2012.

Super sunflowers

I was just sorting through some photos from last year and I came across this one. I snapped these sunflowers at the market one Saturday in Utrecht. One of the things I love about living in the Netherlands is the abundance of flowers – not only tulips, but of all varieties – on display at the Saturday markets which take place in town squares all around the country. Buckets and buckets of beautiful specimens are stacked sometimes five to ten rows deep, and flowers from every part of the colour spectrum are for sale (and for a fraction of the price that you would pay in other countries, I might add!). I couldn’t resist posting this photo here, because seeing this photo brought a smile to my face and just made me feel extra happy, so maybe it will do likewise for you too! The vibrant yellow is pretty special, don’t you agree?


Photo by CIA at Utrecht Market, June 2011.

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