Earth,Wind and Fire

No, not the band, but Paper cutouts

Art Photography
Used: paper/foam/thread/pins and another old ad.
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The Cat seems to be working on other details

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And then this one . . .
Found this old image while looking for tape. It’s from a trip to Guatemala, so adorable. . . 

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Seduction,Liberty,Travel and Theatre

New Art Photography from my series Ready to Wear / Work in Progress. Below some info on how this is done

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I use old advertisements that I find usefull. I search for them in a pile of very old Vogues, back from the days when I was still working as a stylist for some Dutch fashion magazines. I guess once a stylist always a stylist but in my case: Never a Fashion Victim!

How it works: I take the paper with the cutout in one hand and have the camera in the other. Because I cannot see what I am doing, the outcome is always a surprise. I sort of go into the image itself. It’s a kind of theatre play. Mammah once told me to take acting lessons…Nice idea, and in this case I finally am, by using these skills in my images.
The flashlight is visible on almost every image. This is the signature for me that everything is being made by hand. I could retouch them in photoshop but I have chosen not to.  Retouching would brake the spell and the magic would disappear.
 
Note: Image No1  had to be taken in a different way, it became to acrobatic; hands,camera and a pair of gorgeous legs… So I glued the ad on a piece of foam and hereby made both hands useful.
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DragQueens from my series Ready to Wear

Work in Progress / Art /Photography

Photography and Paper cut-outs. Note: No Photoshop!

Info: This is a new body of work that I am quit happy with. Old Vogue magazines, my sharp cutter and a tiny built in flash camera. My home is a complete chaos, adds, torn paper, magazines are lying around everywhere. It’s all over the place. But,or better,And,Making this feels really good!

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The Afterlife – a picture story on abandoned Xmas trees

As so many people bought a tree to look at during xmas time and then in the new year throw them outside to be picked up by the garbage men or let nature take over. I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at this strange habit.

I made a reportage of some of the abandoned trees I found lying  around (so many) in the area where I live. Most of the time I used double exposure.

With in my mind a question saying:

Why do people want to have a tree in their home and slowly watch it dying? What is the purpose behind such a thing. Do they not realize the time and beauty it takes for a tree to grow? Why would you let it be chopped down, look at it for a month, and then throw it away? It just does not make any sense to me.

Here are some of the images I made

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belindaclaushuisXMAS-01belindaclaushuisXMAS03sign says: Also here dogs should be on a leash

belindaclaushuisXMAS04sign says: Temporarily offering garbage location

belindaclaushuisXMAS05Notice:The red paper is leftover firework lying around in the streets

belindaclaushuisXMAS06belindaclaushuisXMAS07Sign: Please no parking backwards associated with exhaust

belindaclaushuisXMAS-08Notice: A garbage man drives by on the main road. In the street around the corner, 2 min.later, I find a sign saying: Don’t leave your tree lying around. And mind you,it also says: if you return a ‘used’ tree, you can even win a prize.

belindaclaushuisXMAS09Notice: first exposure: two Moorhens swimming in the canal, second exposure: firework leftovers on the pavement

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Notice: woman catching a tree, hanging on a wire coming from a third floor window and  putting it with the trash outside

belindaclaushuisxmas13The life of a Xmas tree – Belinda Claushuis 2013