Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Sinterklaas gift wrap paper

Sinterklaas [sɪntər'klaːs] (or more formally Sint Nicolaas or Sint Nikolaas; Saint Nicolas in French; Sankt Nikolaus in German) is a traditional winter holiday figure still celebrated today in the Low Countries, including the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as French Flanders and Artois. He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including Aruba, Suriname, Curaçao, Bonaire, and Indonesia. He is one of the sources of the holiday figure of Santa Claus in North America. LINK Sɪntər'klaːs

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bulgarian hospitality and dishes by Lilly

Bulgarian cuisine (Bulgarian: българска кухня, balgarska kuhnya) is a representative of the cuisine of Southeastern Europe. Essentially South Slavic, it shares characteristics with other Balkans cuisines. Bulgarian cooking traditions are diverse because of geographical factors such as climatic conditions suitable for a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit. Aside from the vast variety of local Bulgarian dishes, Bulgarian cuisine shares a number of dishes with the Middle Eastern, Italian and Russian cuisines. Bulgarian food often incorporates salads as appetizers and is also noted for the prominence of dairy products, wines and other alcoholic drinks such as rakia. The cuisine also features a variety of soups, such as the cold soup tarator, and pastries, such as the filo dough based banitsa, pita and the various types of Börek. Main courses are very typically water-based stews, either vegetarian or with lamb, goat meat, beef, chicken or pork. Deep-frying is not common, but grilling - especially different kinds of sausages - is very prominent. But the best is created by Lilly she lives and works in Sofia Bulgaria. LINK findbgfood

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mário Macilau

Mário Macilau was born in the newly independent Mozambique, in the midst of the most critical phase of its civil war. His family struggled financially and moved from the Inhambane province to the capital, Maputo, in search of a better life. When he was 10 years old he began to work in a small market frequented by the middle / upper class where he became a street child, washing cars in the car park and helping to carry the groceries in an effort to support his family. Macilau started his journey as photographer in 2003 and went professional when he traded his mother’s cell phone for his first camera in 2007, he specializes in long-term projects that focus on living and environmental conditions. 
As a documentary photographer he is committed to initiating positive change across different cultures, locations and perspectives, in his home country he uses his work to confront the reality of power, environment and cultural heritage that affect socially isolated groups and issues that define our times. LINK Mário Macilau

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Pentti Sammallahti

@ Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen 

Born in 1950 in Helsinki, Finland, Sammallahti’s travels and interest in fine printing and lithography has led him to publish numerous books of which one is ‘Ici et Loin’, Actes Sud 2012. As a benchmark figure in contemporary Finnish photography, his work has a supernatural sense of a moment in time with the sensitivity and beauty of the world displayed through its animalistic existence. His particular use of dogs, which reflects the human existential experience, shows the shared nature of the earth with a gentle humor and fleeting attitude.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Odessa (Одеса) 1995

DPhoto september 1995 

In 1794, the city of Odessa was founded by a decree of the Empress Catherine the Great. From 1819 to 1858, Odessa was a free port. During the Soviet period it was the most important port of trade in the Soviet Union and a Soviet naval base. On 1 January 2000, the Quarantine Pier at Odessa Commercial Sea Port was declared a free port and free economic zone for a period of 25 years. During the 19th century, it was the fourth largest city of Imperial Russia, after Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Warsaw. Its historical architecture has a style more Mediterranean than Russian, having been heavily influenced by French and Italian styles. Some buildings are built in a mixture of different styles, including Art Nouveau, Renaissance and Classicist. Odessa is a warm water port. The city of Odessa hosts two important ports: Port of Odessa itself and Port Yuzhne (also an internationally important oil terminal), situated in the city's suburbs. Another important port, Illichivsk, is located in the same oblast, to the south-west of Odessa. Together they represent a major transport hub integrating with railways. Odessa's oil and chemical processing facilities are connected to Russia's and EU's respective networks by strategic pipelines. 
LINK Одеса

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Der Tag danach

The Wall, which was established by East Germany in 1961 and was roughly 96 miles long, split the already - divided country’s capital into West Berlin and East Berlin. After weeks of civil protests, the government of Eastern Germany opened up the partition on 
Nov. 9, 1989, allowing residents to travel to the west side. The chipping away of the wall followed, but its actual demolition didn’t truly begin until the following year, just a few months before Germany would officially reunite.  LINK east side gallery

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Boek met een Doel (book with a purpose)

@ Nieuwe Binnenweg 194 
and William Boothlaan 15A

In een winkel aan de Nieuwe Binnenweg en William Boothlaan  in Rotterdam krijgen afgedankte boeken een tweede leven. De eigenaar van een Copy-Shop had ruimte in zijn winkel over en wilde daar een goede bestemming voor. Daarom bedacht hij een concept waarbij de opbrengst van oude ingeleverde boeken gaat naar goede doelen. Lees meer: Vrijwilligers geven afgedankte boeken een tweede leven. 
In a shop at the Nieuwe Binnenweg and William Boothlaan discarded books get a second life. The owner of a Copy Shop had room in his shop and wanted a good destination for that. So he devised a concept in which the proceeds of old returned books will go to charity. Read more: Volunteers give discarded books an second life. LINK youtube LINK Easyrepro

Darmon Richter

Mount Buzludzha Bulgaria

The House-Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party was opened 90 years later in 1981, to commemorate both the 1878 liberation from Turkish rule, and the 1944 victory against Hitler’s fascist domination of the country. It was also to serve as headquarters for the Bulgarian Communist Party, who were keen to associate themselves with the nation’s historic heroes. Construction of the striking monument cost in excess of 16,000,000 Bulgarian Levs - that’s almost £7,000,000. The majority of this money came in the form of suggested donations, collected from the Bulgarian people by state officials. There are more than 150 Soviet monuments scattered across the country, but Buzludzha is by far the largest - and the most extravagant - of them all. 

Darmon Richter is a freelance writer and photographer; an experienced urban explorer and self-confessed dark tourist.  Richter’s interest in unusual and offbeat locales has taken him from the ghost cities of Inner Mongolia to the hell gardens of Southeast Asia; from the frozen conflict zones of the former USSR, to vodou temples in the Caribbean. 
LINK thebohemianblog

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Edward Winkleman

Aspiring and new art gallery owners can now find everything they need to plan and operate a successful art gallery in this comprehensive volume. Edward Winkleman draws on his years of experience to explain step by step how to start your new venture. LINK amazon LINK Edward Winkleman

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bulgaria Today

Twenty years ago I visited Bulgaria for the first time. I regularly show pictures on this blog for more than nine years. Today Bulgaria looks like this. Enjoy watching. Dolf Pauw 
LINK first impression 2006 (on this Blog)

The Other Side

@ Noorderlicht 

With: Vincent Mentzel | Bertien van Manen | Bert Verhoeff | Hans van der Meer | Piet den Blanken | Sabine Joosten | Ad van Denderen | Hans van den Bogaard | Bert Spiertz | Ton Broekhuis | Leo Erken | Ad Nuis

On the 9th of November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell down, a dramatic symbol of the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe into two blocks for nearly forty years. Now, twenty-five years later, twelve Dutch photographers look back on the work they made in Central and Eastern Europe between 1979 and 1989. In his famous Fulton speech of 1946, Winston Churchill introduced the notion of the Iron Curtain as an imaginary borderline between the Communist Eastern Bloc and the Capitalist West: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the continent.”  After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Communist system in Europe quickly came to an end; and the differences between both worlds gradually blurred. The Other Side, now twenty-five years on, brings together twelve prominent Dutch photographers, all of whom documented the period prior to and during various revolutions in the former Eastern Bloc countries… 
(via Vincent Mentzel)  LINK Noorderlicht

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

German (Bulgarian Герман)

Visiting Paneto

German (Bulgarian: Герман) is a village in central western Bulgaria, part of the Capital Municipality of Sofia City Province, and is regarded as a suburban neighbourhood of Sofia. It lies at the foot of the Lozen Mountains, at 42°37′N 23°25′E, 639 metres above sea level. As of 2007, it has a population of 2,197 and the mayor is Todor Vukov. German is the site of the German Monastery of Saint John of Rila, allegedly founded in the 10th century and then abandoned and reconstructed several times. It features a church from 1885 with frescoes from 1886 by Samokov masters. Since 1928, it is property of the Bulgarian Zograf Monastery on Mount Athos. The name of the town comes from "German" of Slavic mythology or Patriarch Germanus I of Constantinople, not the country or people of Germany. 
LINK map German  LINK Paneto

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Post Bulgaria: Sofia


Sofia (Bulgarian: София), is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria. Sofia is located at the foot of Mount Vitosha in the western part of the country. It occupies a strategic position at the centre of the Balkan Peninsula. Sofia's history spans 2,400 years. Its ancient name Serdica derives from the local Celtic tribe of the Serdi who established the town in the 5th century BC. It remained a relatively small settlement until 1879, when it was declared the capital of Bulgaria. LINK Bulgarian travel

Friday, October 24, 2014

Post Bulgaria: Baba

Baba (93), Plovdiv 
Photo dolf pauw

LINK Plovdiv

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Post Bulgaria

The taste of Plovdiv

The independent selection panel responsible for assessing the Bulgarian cities competing to be European Capital of Culture in 2019 has recommended that Plovdiv should be awarded the title. The other three cities short-listed after the initial selection round in December 2013 were Sofia, Varna and Veliko Turnovo. The formal nomination of Plovdiv by the EU's Council of Ministers is expected to take place in May 2015. LINK Plovdiv