pfs2199 BELGIUM: ‘le Botanique’

Le Botanique, Brussels

infra red photograph of ‘le Botanique’, garden in Brussels (Belgium”)

“Le Botanique (French) or Kruidtuin (Dutch) is a cultural complex and music venue in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels. The building was previously the main orangery of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium and even as part of the garden had hosted cultural events. In 1958, the National Botanic Garden of Belgium moved to Meise, outside of Brussels. Le Botanique opened in 1984, and the gardens in front are now the Botanical Garden of Brussels.”
text: Wikipedia

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pfs4922 BEIJING -Ancient Observatory- Ferdinandus Verbiest

Ferdinand(us) Verbiest (1623 – 1688 AD)
A Belgian Jesuit missionary came to China in 1659. Following the orders of Emperor Kangxi, Verbiest designed and constructed six new astronomical instruments from 1669 to 1673. They are the Equatorial Armilla, the Ecliptic Armilla, the Altazimuth, the Quadrant, the Sextant and the Celestial Globe. At the same time, he compiled the “Xinzhi Lingtai Yixiang Zhi”, introducing the theory of new astronomical instruments and how to use them. Kangxi Emperor appointed him as the Administrator of calendar-making in 1674.

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BEIJING -Ancient Observatory- Ferdinandus Verbiest
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pfs0030g PHOTOGRAPHY QUOTES -John Berger

“The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget. ”
-John Berger, About Looking, “Uses of Photography” (1980).

parc in Brussels
photography Robert Schilder, parc in Brussels, pfs2199

pfs1303 BELGIUM -Ostend Casino

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The famous Casino on the seaside in Ostend

The famous Casino on the seaside in Ostend
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PLACES as SYMBOLS
“Eerst is er de gebeurtenis, op een bepaalde plaats en op een bepaalde tijd.
Die gebeurtenis kan klein zijn of juist van groot belang, maar voegt altijd iets toe aan de lokatie.
En op een bepaalde manier krijgen deze gebeurtenissen iets gemeenschappelijks.
Sommige bewaren een geheim wat, na verloop van tijd, tot een symbool wordt
En als alles voorbij is blijft alleen de plaats achter
Wat ik nu wil is deze verborgen betekenis zichtbaar maken… “

Robert Schilder

pfs1305 BELGIUM -Ostend Beach Houses

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Photograph depicting typical beach houses in Ostend (Belgium)

Typical beachhouses on the seaside of Ostend in Belgium
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Ostend Beach Houses on cover of exhibition folder of the NCPA
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“Some of his works possess a sensitivity that ideally translates intangible thoughts and feelings into tangible forms and expressions. Endowed with an imaginative power, Schilder succeeds in making the metaphysical a reality.”
Times of India.