Thanks to journalist Rob Stevens for his article on my work, in the weekly “Achterhoek Nieuws”.
The whole page 7, and the story of some of my reports in Cambodia or Belfast with the I.R.A.
A very nice article (page 3) & the cover in the dutch niewspaper “Berkelland Nieuws”…
Thanks to Franklin Veldhuis & Hans Assink.
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This 1minute video shows the intricate mechanisms involved in the progression of creation’s in the brain of an artist.
Last June, I had a brain scan because of frequent headaches.
Looking at my brain, I wondered if the artists were different from others …
Take a look on youtube: https://youtu.be/xC4QXwO7H30
Participants’ brain scans revealed that artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery.
The research, published in NeuroImage, suggests that an artist’s talent could be innate.
But training and environmental upbringing also play crucial roles in their ability, the authors report.
As in many areas of science, the exact interplay of nature and nurture remains unclear.
Lead author Rebecca Chamberlain from KU Leuven, Belgium, said she was interested in finding out how artists saw the world differently.
“The people who are better at drawing really seem to have more developed structures in regions of the brain that control for fine motor performance and what we call procedural memory,” she explained.
In their small study, researchers peered into the brains of 21 art students and compared them to 23 non-artists using a scanning method called voxel-based morphometry.
These detailed scans revealed that the artist group had significantly more grey matter in an area of the brain called the precuneus in the parietal lobe.
“This region is involved in a range of functions but potentially in things that could be linked to creativity, like visual imagery – being able to manipulate visual images in your brain, combine them and deconstruct them,” Dr Chamberlain told the BBC’s Inside Science programme.
Participants also completed drawing tasks and the team looked at the relationship between their performance in this task and their grey and white matter.
Those better at drawing had increased grey and white matter in the cerebellum and also in the supplementary motor area – both areas that are involved with fine motor control and performance of routine actions.
Grey matter is largely composed of nerve cells, while white matter is responsible for communication between the grey matter regions.
But it is still not clear what this increase of neural matter might mean. From looking at related studies of other creative people, such as musicians, it suggests that these individuals have enhanced processing in these areas, Dr Chamberlain added.
“It falls into line with evidence that focus of expertise really does change the brain. The brain is incredibly flexible in response to training and there are huge individual differences that we are only beginning to tap into.”
Another author of the paper, Chris McManus from University College London, said it was difficult to distinguish what aspect of artistic talent was innate or learnt.
“We would need to do further studies where we look at teenagers and see how they develop in their drawing as they grow older – but I think [this study] has given us a handle on how we could begin to look at this.”
Commenting on the small sample size, Prof McManus said: “Since the results were statistically significant then clearly there was the power to find something, which almost by definition means it was large enough.
“And also of interest is that other people have also had hints at effects in similar locations. Obviously in an ideal world we’d like 1000 subjects, but that isn’t realistic. It’s always a compromise between cost, practicality and interest.”
Ellen Winner of Boston College, US, who was not involved with the study, commented that it was very interesting research.
She said it should help “put to rest the facile claims that artists use ‘the right side of their brain’ given that increased grey and white matter were found in the art group in both left and right structures of the brain”.
“Only a prospective study could get at the question of innate structural brain differences that predispose people to become visual artists, and this kind of study has not been done as it would be very difficult and very expensive to carry out.”
Yesterday evening, I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Mrs. Leejin Kim, director of the CICA Museum, in South Korea, announcing my selection for an international exhibition from February 15th to March 3rd, 2019.
“Objectified 2019″ will bring together some artists (sculptor, painter, videographer, photographer) from all around the world, around the theme of consumption …
I am very proud to announce this museum exhibition, my first in Asia …
To be continued…
This is not the first time I’ve been abroad, and I’ve lived in a few countries already, but it’s still a new adventure that is a little scary and exciting at the same time.
It is in the Netherlands that I have just settled, with wife and children, and even if I know this kingdom rather well, I am struck by the calm and the cleanliness which reign there.
A country that soothes, at least in Gelderland, the largest province of the Netherlands, bordering Germany, and now my “new home” …
The creative inspiration is there, the desire for new challenges too.
I’ve seen many lions in Kenya & Tanzania, 20 years ago but things change…
The African lion faces the threat of extinction by the year 2050, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe warned today.
The sobering news came as part of the agency’s announcement that it has officially proposed that African lions receive much-needed protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The decision to list the big cats as threatened—one level below endangered—would allow the U.S. government to provide some level of training and assistance for on-the-ground conservation efforts and restrict the sale of lion parts or hunting trophies into the country or across state lines.
The total population of lions in Africa is currently estimated at about 34,000 animals, down by at least 50 percent from three decades ago.
Those numbers, however, tell only part of the story. As Ashe pointed out during a press conference today, about 70 percent of the remaining lions—24,000 cats—live in just 10 “stronghold” regions in southern and eastern Africa.
Lions in other regions, such as West Africa, have been almost completely wiped out.
FWS identified three main threats currently facing lions: habitat loss, loss of their prey base to the bushmeat trade, and human-lion conflict. All three threats are inexorably linked.
The human population of sub-Saharan Africa is expected to double by the year 2050, which will result in more conversion of habitat to agriculture, more hunting of the wild ungulates the lions depend upon for prey, and more instances of hungry lions attacking livestock and then being killed in retaliation.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), retaliatory or preemptive attacks against lions are the worst threats the species faces. The IUCN lists African lions as a whole as vulnerable to extinction.
Lions do face another major threat: sport hunting. The proposal to protect lions comes in response to a 2011 petition from five conservation groups, who revealed that hunting occurs in 16 of the 20 countries in which lions remain and that the number of lion trophies imported back into the U.S. by American hunters doubled between 1999 and 2008.
The official FWS position, however, iterated today by Ashe, is that sports hunting does not contribute to lions being endangered, especially when revenues from these hunts support lion conservation efforts. This is consistent with other hunting-as-conservation positions taken by FWS, including last year’s decision to allow a hunter to import a black rhino trophy into the U.S. for the first time in 33 years.
Still, Jeff Flocken, North American regional director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare—one of the groups backing the original petition—calls the FWS announcement “very significant.”
Although Endangered Species Act protection would not block American hunters from traveling to Africa to hunt lions, the proposal does establish a new permitting process that would require any hunters importing lion trophies back to the U.S. to apply for and receive a permit first.
These permits, Ashe said, would only be granted if the lion were taken from a scientifically proven hunting program that actually helps lion populations and if the number of lions taken by hunters is sustainable.
Flocken says the new permit process could “quickly and easily” help to minimize the threat that hunters pose to African lions by identifying trophies that come from areas where lions are more at risk—or from “canned hunts,” in which captive-raised lions are shot in controlled situations. “The permit system will allow the U.S. government to monitor and evaluate the trophies that are coming in,” Flocken says.
Ashe called today’s announcement an opportunity for awareness about the challenges that wildlife faces worldwide as human population dramatically increases. He added that this was a chance for optimism:
“We can be successful here,” he said. “We can change the course of events. The U.S. has great experience in wildlife management and hopefully we’ll be able to bring that to bear in working with our African partners.”
The proposal to list lions as threatened will be published in the Federal Register on October 29, after which the public will have 90 days to submit comments.
source: John R Platt & Scientific American
More pictures on the video portfolio of my photo reportage in Saint-Gobain Abrasives, in the Netherlands, during the visit of the global CEO of the firm, Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, as well as Mr. Benoit d’Iribarne, President of Saint-Gobain Germany, Benelux and Austria.
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First exhibition in Athens, Greece, with several international photographer, in the Blank Wall Gallery…
From 1rst june to 14th june 2018, view my pictures from Sweden…
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A few days ago I went to the Netherlands, at the request of Mr. Joost Morsink General Manager Northem Europe of Saint-Gobain Abrasives, to do a photo report on the visit of the plant in Eibergen by the global CEO of the firm,
Mr. Pierre-André de Chalendar, as well as Mr. Benoit d’Iribarne, President of Saint-Gobain Germany, Benelux and Austria.
Saint-Gobain is a French company specialized in the production, processing and distribution of building and construction materials.
The company was founded in 1665 by Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683) under the name of Royal Ice Factory, currently the company is present in sixty-six countries and has 179,149 employees worldwide (2017).
The challenge was to make a different style of photos, at least more unconventional than what a company like this is used to.
I was struck by the modernity, the excellence of the company, and the extreme comfort offered to employees.
Saint-Gobain is a company that cares about the well-being of its employees and in 2018 Saint-Gobain was awarded the ‘Top Employer Global’ certification label for the third year in row.
Only 13 organizations in the world have been presented with this label.
Congratulations, then, to Pierre-André de Chalendar, a great French leader and influencer who understood what the world of tomorrow’s business should be!
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Last week, I received an award at Noto Fior di Foto, in Sicily.
Cherry on the cake for the award-winning photographers in the different categories,
an exhibition begins today at the Fondation Vittorio Emanuele-Teatro Tina Di Lorenzo,
in Noto, Sicily (my second exhibition this week after Nigeria).
The list of photographers exhibited:
Giovanni Coste (Italy)
Irina Gaivoronskaya (Russia)
Beatriz Glez Sa (Spain)
Gregory Herpe (France)
Aleksandr Ivanov (Russia)
Sky Kim (Georgia)
Massimiliano Monnecchi (Italy)
G. B. G. Son (Bangladesh)
Alexey Trofimov (Russia)
Tatsiana Tsyhanova (Belarus)
Yana Vasilyeva (Russia)
Robin Yong (Australia)
Fondation Vittorio Emanuele-Teatro Tina Di Lorenzo,
Piazza XVI Maggio, 1
to walk in the fields... The Netherlands, may 2018
Great “premiere” for me yesterday, with the opening of my first exhibition in Africa!
My friend Simon Mack, great british photographer, is the curator of that marvellous
meeting of 9 international photographers named “People across the globe”, for 3 weeks.
ATBU University hosts the event, in a country who need of art and peace.
A beautiful adventure …
“People across the globe”
Hans-Jorg Aleff – Germany
Steve Bennett – Great Britain
Subhasish Bhattacharya – India
Gregory Herpe – France
Leonardo Iheme – Nigeria
Simon Mack – Great Britain
Ernesto Muñiz – Mexico
Tim Ritchie – Australia
Lesley Weyman – Great Britain
To see the promo video, click on the image below:
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
Ahmadu Bello Way, Bauchi, Nigeria
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of participating, as every week, in the show “Et si on en parlait”, hosted by Patrick Mas on France Bleu Roussillon, exceptionally live from the Fair Expo.
I was surrounded by three other talented columnists, André Bonet, President of the CML (Mediterranean Center of Literature), Frédérique Barriol-Montes, winery owner of Domaine la Casenove, and Jacky Loos, owner of the excellent restaurant Host & Vinum in Canet in Roussillon.
Some good moments, as always!
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Very happy to be awarded today at the Noto Fior di Foto, in Sicily. One of the pictures from my Cambodian series, taken at Happy Chandara School, won the 3rd prize in the Monochrome category, as well as the Honorable Mention. The photo will be exhibited with the winners of all categories at the Noto Fior di Foto, a photographic festival in the beautiful city of Noto, Sicily, on May 18, 19, and 20, 2018. Address: Teatro Comunale Vittorio EmanuelePiazza XVI Maggio, 1 96017 Noto, Sicilia, Italia http://www.notofiordifoto.it/apply/
My friend Rebekah and her band Saint Ophelia are great artists!
They are about to make their first recording and they are asking for your financial support to make it a success.
They deserve it!
Femen leader in Sweden, Jenny A Wenhammar, wanted to meet me so that I realize, for her and her movement, the photo intended to deliver two strong messages related to the news:
- The first, intended for Vladimir Putin, on the occasion of the presidential election in Russia, March 18, 2018. She wishes through this photo denounce the absence of democracy in Russia, the lack of rights of women, and discrimination against LGTBs.
- The second, addressed to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey, condemning their attempted genocide against the Kurdish people in Afrin.
So she made the trip and we made this picture, with the only request to pose with “my clouds” and my style.
Femen became internationally famous by organizing actions, mostly topless with slogans written on the body, this in order to defend the rights of women, to engage in favor of democracy, and to fight against corruption or again against the influence of religions in society.
The unsensored picture:
You will find below the official statement of Femen accompanying this picture:
“FEMENISTS FIGHT ERDOGAN & PUTIN
On the 18th of March 2018 Putin sacrificed the Kurdish people in Afrin for his superpower wet dream, on the date of the 4th anniversary of his sneaky annexation of Crimea 2014 in Ukraine. On the 18th of March 2018, Putin arranged elections without a choice, and turned his blind eye to his fake democracy apprentice Erdogan in Turkey who early in the morning of this so called Russian election day, conveniently annexed Afrin in Rojava in northern Syria.
Let’s make it clear that Putin and Erdogan are eager to build their nationalist fascism based on fighting feminist values.
They fight by installing double fear, but Femen does not fear them. Femenists fight back!
Putin and Erdogan are evil twin brothers in their use of fascism to silence advocates of democracy and freedom of expression, extended
to all members of society.
They fight human rights through harassment, imprisonment and murder of free-thinking people. Hailing fear, and fearing opposition.
They extended fear to society through cultivation of conservative nationalism and religious pride, claiming that western values will
undermine Russia and Turkey.
And what frightens them the most is equality and LGBTQ-rights. Despots always fear feminism, throughout history.
On the 18th of March 1940 Hitler met his evil twin brother Mussolini in the Brenner Pass, and history does repeats itself over and over again
when psychopath authoritarian men recognize how they can use each other to expand their territory, grabbing whatever they want.
On the other side we have the opposite values; of feminism and care for living beings’ rights. Keep it clear that these are two systems at war.
The Kurdish freedom fighters with it’s brave women and men from YPJ and YPG together ending the Islamic Caliphate in the region, believe in the values of secularity and women’s rights, establishing inclusive direct democracy and a gender revolution, where ethnic minorities and the gay community are welcomed. The revolution of Rojava united socialism, feminism and even environmentalism.
When Erdogan cracked down at the uprise in Gezi Park 2013 it should have been clear to the world what was to come, from bad to worse.
Now after the coup Turkey’s regime locks up more journalists than any other government on Earth, and as Erdogan expands his sunni caliphate the relationship between Turkey and jihadism is undeniable.
The repeated Kurdish genocides, recently committed by ISIS, are continued by Erdogan, condoned by Putin.
Putin has betrayed the Kurds, and so has the world, as has the world neglected Russia waging a horrendous air campaign in Syria on behalf of Assad’s forces, since 2015. And Erdogan has thrived from his payed position stopping refugees from fleeing into Europe.
Both Putin and Erdogan gain power by a wavering West, and for Putin a Turkish conflict with NATO is a plus.
So when Turkey two months ago launched an air and ground offensive called “Olive Branch” against Kurdish controlled Afrin, even if US troops
have fought with the Kurds against ISIS, Putin withdrew the Russian air umbrella protecting Afrin, giving an obvious approval.
Putin condoned ethnical cleansing on the day of his electoral fake victory where voters were forced to choose him for six more years of dictatorship.
This destabilizes the relations with Assad and Rouhani, but is apparently preferred by Putin in order to harm stability in the European Union
and transatlantic relationships.
Here Putin and Erdogan stand hand in hand – happy twin homophobes united in preventing any drift westward.
For they are as horny for power as they are scared of feminism.
FEMINISM IS THE FUTURE, AND WE ARE READY TO FIGHT FOR IT!“
I did not see these images of the awards ceremony of the 29th Night of the Press, in 2015.
I had the pleasure of receiving the Best Press Photo Award for an image from my reportage about the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
Here is the video of the pleasant memory of a trophy that opened a few doors.
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Canet en Roussillon, 1st March 2018
With the cold wave that hit France and Europe in general, the Catalan coast showed a poetic anger, at the beginning of the week …
First book of my stepdaughter Amber, “Anders om”, exposed in the Arnhem’s library!
Proud of her!
Her website: https://www.amberhuijskes.com/
Congratulations to Orelsan, whom I had the chance to photograph, and who triumphs this night at the Victoires de la Musique (it’s like the Grammy Awards) in the categories:
- Male Artist of the Year
-Album of urban music
- Audiovisual creation
Beyond the polemics, I met a really charming boy, simple and intelligent.
Bravo Aurélien …
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January 1st, 2018, close to the city of Winterswijk, in the Netherlands, near the German border,
I was surprised to find this chalet, inspired by one of the most famous paintings
of the XXth century:
American Gothic, from Grant Wood. This painting (collection of the Institute of Art of Chicago)
presents a standing farmer next to his single daughter. The models were the dentist and the
sister of Grant Wood.
The woman is dressed in a printed colonial apron imitating the American traditional style of
The fork suggests hard labour and the flowers above the right shoulder of the woman suggests
the domestic life.
I was pleasant surprised to find this very free adaptation in the dutch countryside, and to notice that his
anonymous author choose to make the girl wink, for unknown reasons…
Happy NY 2018
In this loveliest and happiest of seasons, may you find many reasons to celebrate. Have a wonderful Christmas!