Back in time

Funny… When the church bells woke me at five this morning I went back 50 years when Ferre Grignard became famous in the European lowlands with the song ‘Ring, ring I’ve got to sing‘. As a 14 yr old I saw him performing in ‘De Muze’ in Antwerp (nowadays a famous jazz cafe. Grignard was inspired by (a.o.) the American folk singer/activist Pete Seeger. Antwerp was in those days ahead of Amsterdam in terms of alternative lifestyle including the use of ‘hallucinogenic substances’ like LSD and hashish. It took a few years before Amsterdam woke up with ‘Paradiso’, ‘Fantasio’ and ‘Milky Way’ and became the European free haven (or ‘heaven’ if you like) for American wannabe ‘hippies’ arriving is 3-piece suits at the airport, changing into jeans at the Hilton, buying dried cow poo as hashish and got high between their ears in the Vondelpark. Those church bells also reminded me to Winchester (UK) in 1974 where a pub at (or near) the corner of Jewry Str and High Str. was the first known ‘coffee shop’ in Europe; the free h(e)aven for the South of England. Can you imagine tourists walking in the park next to the Winchester cathedral and inhaling the smell of “funny cigarettes”? Wonder where nowadays all the fuss is about legalising the cultivation and use of Cannabis sativa …

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Author: Herman van Bon Photography

" I like to explore the possibilities and limits of digital art, I just let it flow to see where it can go, sometimes the end result appears quickly, sometimes the creative process takes months and other times  the creation dies in its own beauty". 

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