Jankel's Illustrated World
Of broken eggshells and other seminal phenomena
By: Jankel Jankelbrod

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Tuesday, 2-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
View from my studio's right window

 
 
 
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Since the beginning of this year, I can use a big room in an old stately building in our town as my studio, to draw and paint my pastels. Here is a view on the park from the right window.


Monday, 1-Mar-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
French chandeliers

 
 
 
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All right, I admit... I am cheating a bit. The pictures here, were taken today, sunday 28 march 2004, but because I like to form clusters of thematically combined pictures, I had to find a way to enter these treechandeliers, or French menorahs, without clashing effects -- in this case with the shocking modernism of the Super-U supermarket.


Sunday, 29-Feb-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
(Loco)motion

leaving the wood
waving goodbye
alongside the tracks
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It is almost two o'clock. She puts on her coat. She takes her schoolbooks, shuts the door behind her and descends the stairs in front of the house. She decides to take the path through the little wood and cross the railway tracks on her way to school.
We lucky human beings, twolegged and free in our motions. Free to decide which way to move. In contrast to the plants, that can only expand themselves staying on one spot. We cunning human beings, inventing every possible way to speed up our locomotion, and to conquer earth, sea and air -- and even space.
But for the short distance from home to school, a small path and a pair of good shoes will do. And there she goes, step by step, and disappears around the corner. Bye bye, my darling, have a good afternoon, learning latin, algebra and Newton's laws of movement.


Saturday, 28-Feb-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Perspective

 
 
 
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Many years ago (in my parent's youth) the whole world was black and white. Some time later on (in my youth) with the invention and the popularization of colour photography, a bit of colour appeared. And now, everything is as gay and glorious bright and manycoloured as can be. This is a conception you can find in the mind of many children, leafing through the family photoalbums.
The same, one could say, is true for another concept.
In the beginning everything was flat. And when one tried to draw a picture of a landscape or of objects that were placed in a room, some very flat image would result. Then came the renaissance, the Italian painters, and at the same time Jan van Eyck in Flanders, who invented a method to depict rooms and spaces in such a way, that someone who looked at their (flat) image, was lured into the idea that everything one saw was three dimensional, that things further away, appeared smaller etc.
It was not a simple trick, but demanded a lot of geometrical insight and situational analysis, it demanded a mentally drawing of lines, fleeing into imaginary points, and constructing grids in the world, that did not exist in reality.
A trick we do not need if we look at the world around us, only when we try to depict it, to make a twodimensional image, we have to translate the space element on a flat surface. In photography a lot of this analysis and translation work is done for us by the camera, but nevertheless, we have to be careful, to chose such a vantagepoint that allows us to suggest a possibly ideal three dimensional image of our subject.
I have chosen the old lorry garage near our house. The former owner had a small transport company, and I suppose each time he bought a bigger lorry, he also enlarged his garage with another unit. On these photographs, we see the garage from the backside.


Friday, 27-Feb-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Candid photography

no more pics please!
after too many candid shots:
no more pics please, dad


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