The first Weekly Photo Challenge of this year is NEW.

What’s new?

The other day the neighbour came in saying that he just bought a ‘new’ moped. What he meant is that he bought a new second hand one (60 yrs old). A farmer can buy the latest newest model of an plough but the principle of the plough is older than the road between Cologne and Rome. Recently I looked into my collection of horticultural books and noticed that “La Maison Rustique” (printed in 1836) describes the principles and core technical details of every possible agricultural machinery (except than the specifications of an engine but that was where horses and oxes were for) from a barrow (drag) to a potato grading machine. And I read also in detail about the slaughter of  cattle and where every single part (including eyes and testicles) are destined for…. 😉

Plants make flowers. That’s not new but when it makes a new flower that flower is new.

As for myself: At the end of last year I erased around 5000 pictures (each in RAW, Psd and JPEG + JPEG web-format). That created a nice space on my hard- and other disks to start something new. For this month I scheduled already quite a few of last year’s ‘residues’ (ones I kept) but slowly you will see New Year’s pictures creeping in. The past few years (see my ‘about’ page) I have been experimenting with different processing and collage (layering) techniques and slowly working to my own style (more surreal minimalism as you will see in the ‘moon’ picture). You will see the NEW ME every now and than between the more traditional landscapes, portraits and so on but also these will slowly evolve  into images with an own identity; let’s name it ‘NEW REALITY’ … Something NEW is brewing here…

First: ‘A Closer Look’ followed by what’s new and not so new.




The knowledge cycle

Amazing; reading 200 yr old books (Maison Rustique from France & ‘Mechanische Technologie’ -[Mechanical Technology]- from Holland) and realising that basic principles haven’t changed. Even that people are ‘re-inventing the wheel’. Maison Rustique for example describes in detail how to grow (organically) veggies and how to process them including distilling essences from herbs, etc.; knowledge that repeats itself by modern garden gurus as if their own…. (picture: ‘Mechanische Technologie’).