Local Heart, Global Soul

September 16, 2020

Messing With Their Heads…

This Leiden side street looks rather nondescript, plenty of bikes, not really anything interesting going on… but between the bicycles, a little graffiti that is quite an interesting artwork. One funny side point thought, I accidentally clicked the wrong button when I was sorting my photographs and ended up with the last photograph as my computer’s background photo.

My kids were shocked, perplexed that I had something of this style as screen saver… and a bit annoyed in that typical teenage fashion: “Ugh, mam, that’s sooo ugly, what are YOU doing with THAT as your screen saver? you are too old for that! take it off! Now! ” Naturally that was my cue to keep it as my screen saver for some months and it made me smile every time the computer started and it popped up as my background image. “Down with the kids?!” err, Ha ha ! maybe not at all, but I can still have some fun winding them up and messing with their heads.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

September 12, 2020

The Tragedy Of A Short Life…

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

This poem is by Hans Lodeizen and translates into English as:

We will treat life seriously

like we deal with a murderer among us.

I don’t like art that dies

in the mouth of a much beloved poet

now that Nijinsky is dead we have

to put flowers in all windows, because

beauty only survives that way

we want a handful of children, wine and

a playground well worn by the sun.

HANS LODEIZEN (1924-1950)

Wikipedia tells us that Hans Lodeizen  ”

Born “Johannes August Frederik Lodeizen” into an influential family, and raised in great privilege as the son of the director of Müller & Company.

He was the author of one book of poems (The Wallpaper Within, 1949) and a quantity of miscellaneous work. Despite his very short life and modest output, his minimalist lyrics, which are generally constituted of short, unrhymed lines without capitals or punctuation, strongly influenced a post-war generation of Dutch poets, including Gerard Reve.

(Reve being, together with Willem Frederik Hermans and Harry Mulisch, considered one of the “Great Three” (De Grote Drie) of Dutch post-war literature.)

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Lodeizen had what seems to be a troubled and turbulent life, attended Het Haagsche Lyceum, and when he failed the fifth form, ran away.

Gone for two days, he stayed in Amsterdam and Ede, and wrote sonnets. He graduated in 1943 but went in hiding to escape the “Arbeitseinsatz”.

(German conscription of mostly young men of slave or forced labour in munitions factories, the German war industry, repairing bombed railroads and bridges, or work on farms, general manual labour).

Starting in 1946, Lodeizen studied law briefly in Leiden, but took an interest in biology and pursued graduate study at Amherst College in the United States in 1947-1948.

There he befriended the poet James Merrill who, after becoming “smitten” with Lodeizen, would describe him many years later as “clever, good natured, solitary, blond, / all to a disquieting degree”.

Lodeizen lost interest in his graduate biology program and returned to Europe to work (reluctantly) for his father’s firm.

Either gay or bisexual; as a young man he had proposed marriage to a woman, but his poetry speaks of his love and desire for other men.

In 1948 he was arrested for having had sex with another man, but his father’s money and influence likely prevented a trial.

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His father disapproved of his life in many ways: Lodeizen wanted to write poetry, to not study law, didn’t want to enter the family business, but at the same time desperately wanted his father’s approval, while his father refused to accept his sexuality.

This tension is, besides lost romantic love and the ephemeral nature of the world, the most important theme in his poetry.

Lodeizen’s “ben ik nu werkelijk zo slecht” (am I really this bad) cites the disapproving words of his father: “wat jij me al niet in mijn leven / hebt aangedaan kan ik niet vergeten“, (all the things you’ve done to me in my life, I cannot forget them).

After his death, when his remaining poetry was to be published, his father wanted thirteen of his son’s poems scrapped, though the editors did include them.

After his diagnosis with leukemia, he spent his last months sustained by blood transfusions in a Swiss sanatorium. He was 26 when he died.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

August 25, 2020

I Need The Translation… Do You?

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Just a short distance further down the Lange Mare I glanced into a small side street, and was very glad that I did.

On one of the walls I saw mural of Arabic writing, clearly a saying or poem.

The bright sunshine made getting clear photographs of the text difficult and of course I couldn’t read the main text, but fortunately there was a translation in the smaller panel which reads:

Safe Travels

“Where are you going in such a hurry?”
The desert-thorn asked the wind.

My heart is in torment here –
don’t you want to get away
From this dusty desert?

“It’s all I long for, but
what can I do, with my feet tied like this…”
Where are you going in such a hurry?”

Wherever it may be, except here where I am.

“Travel safely then! But my friend, I beg you,
When you have passed safely from this brutal wasteland,
And reached blossoms, and the rain,
Greet them for me”.

M.R. Shafi’i adkani (1939- )
Translated by Dick Davis.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

July 22, 2020

Covering The Bare Areas…

Filed under: ART,DELFT,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Driving around Delft I spy a series of panels that are covering up a building site. I couldn’t quite work out if they were advertisements or art pieces so gave them the benefit of the doubt and classified them as Murals, mostly because they give decorative cover to an otherwise bare area.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

July 19, 2020

Fabulous Hair…

Filed under: ART,DELFT,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Saw this mural while we were driving through Delft one day… I don’t know this area so I think it must be on the wall of a barber/hairdressers because it says: “Oh Jan, your hair looks so so nice!”

(kiwi’s note: “Jan” in Dutch is more or less the equivalent of “John” in English.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 9, 2019

Is There A Lost Property Box For Murals?

Filed under: ART,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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As in the case of yesterday’s mural, this one has escaped my labelling system so I have no clue where I took the photographs. It could be Rotterdam, but could also be Haarlem, were we visited one weekend. I’m starting to feel like I need a “Lost Property” box for photographs like these.  I could also be completely wrong and it could be somewhere else that I can’t remember in my moment(s) of brain fade.

Once again, location is not the biggest feature or factor of this mural; beauty is. This is a bold statement piece, it’s full of details and vibrant colours so anyone who walks or drives this way often can find something new even after weeks or months. It’s on a busy intersection, the red light worked in my favour this time, keeping the car still was one thing, getting a photograph between traffic passing in the other direction. Luckily, “Sport” on the DSLR enables me to take rapid photos one after another, the chip allows me to take my twenty pictures and then delete all but these two, and my Blog enables me to share them. Hurrah for the Digital Age!!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 8, 2019

Beautiful No Matter Where It Is…

Filed under: ART,LIFE,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Himself has been ferrying me back and forth to multiple hospital appointments in recent months and in addition to that I’ve tagged along on a few of Little Mr’s Fire Station hunts so on one chips sometimes I end up with a few photos where I scratch my head and think: “Was that there?, or There?, Or There?!”.
I think there are ways to track down where you took a photograph but if I’m honest I’m lazy and I have enough technical issues with computer as it is.
So, the biggest chances are that this Mural is in Delft, Leiden or Rotterdam (but could be somewhere else in South Holland too since I’m a bit out of synk at the moment). In the end, never mind, we can enjoy it’s beauty and the creative spirit that made it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 29, 2019

An Unexpected Find!

Filed under: ART,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,ROTTERDAM,Rotterdam Harbour/Port,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Leaving the “2nd Maasvlakte’ area of the Port of Rotterdam, I spot this mural. It’s stylized representation of a large container ship, containers on a train that snakes away on the right (or maybe they are containers arriving?) and the port cranes and docks in the background, means that you have to take a good look to figure it all out. Regular readers will know that I delight in seeing blank walls filled with art, they also know that more abstract design is not really my thing. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying this though. Art ! ,,,way out here in the industrial area of a port… I’m loving this find!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 6, 2019

We’re Gonna Need A Bigger …. Hat!

There are hundreds of giant silos around Rotterdam Harbour. Filled with things like chemicals, natural gas, and petroleum, they come in many different varieties of “round”. Some are in reinforced barrels of every size from large oxygen tank size to these massive round structures, which I think are gas tanks. Someone wanted to brighten up the view and since these gas tanks look like giant hat boxes, they decided to paint one of them like a hat box! Brilliant idea!

This “box” incorporates the Vopak company name into the “label”, features a buckle-up style strap on the side of the “box”, and a hat decoration illustration on the other side. Needless to say I think this is an excellent idea. Not only do decorative landmarks help people navigate around a site filled with many featureless silos that all look identical, but they add a little bit of “colour” to an otherwise bland landscape, which must surely lift the spirits of people who travel past it. At least it made me smile when I saw this!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 31, 2018

No Ordinary “Graffitti”…

Between the small Zeeuws village of Bruinisse and the holiday park where we are staying is a bridge. When I first passed beneath it I though it was just covered with graffiti, but on subsequent drives past it I realised it was what looks like a local community project, with specific illustrations. Unfortunately to my regret I didn’t get proper close up photographs of them, a pity because this looks better and better the more I look.

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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