Stairs often are meeting points of materials on one hand and playing field of light and dark on the other hand. Here a part of the stairs in the Pousada in the city of Porto.
The walls of some houses in the inner city of Verona – Citta’ Antica – are true pieces of art. This is one. The yellows and the light blue creates a soft palette. It is a place where nature meets architecture.
Corrosion is a physical but also metaphorically spoken a social process. Reading the news heading sometimes this image pops up. Photo taken in the city of Léon, Spain.
On the rough sea an anchor point can make all the difference. Here a close-up of one on the ferry Calais-Dover. The weather made its marks and create this honest palette.
When it comes to navigation in times of high dynamics and change, it was pilot John Boyd who developed a revolutionary and simple concept, the OODA loop: observe, orient, decide and act. The first steps are crucial, he said, when you fly in your plane with a speed of 900 km/h, upside down and 100 meter above a mountainous landscape. Is this not the situation where we as society are in today? After Boyd many scientists, experts and advisers developed a myriad of concepts, frameworks and approaches to tackle change and to find navigation in a volatile world.
The Romans already had a god for transitions, gates, passages and doorways. They called him Janus, derived form iānus, meaning in Latin ‘arched passage, doorway’. Can we say that we find ourselves in a doorway, a gate? And can we say we need to find our path, i.e. through developing a circular economy, caring for digital transformation, implementing energy transition, innovating water management, tackling a first grade health crisis, dealing with inequality, racism and poverty? Yes, we can.
We are in a doorway, maybe on a threshold towards a new world. Janus is our ‘man’, our god. We need to give him more thought in our souls, not worship him, and ask him advice in the steps to come.
I think I timed the moment (exactly 10 years after my father died) and find the right angle of sunlight, beaming (was it actually him?) through this work of art at our home. Janus looking forward, Janus looking backward and in reflection its metaperspective. The art of navigation is alike. Observe by looking forward and backward, and orient where you are by reflecting on this, decide and act.
Janus and the art of navigation. Janus is presiding over all beginnings and transitions. Should we ask him for his wisdom again? And if we do, let’s not forget John.
Wall Art in itself can be a true added value. Here I watched a wall in the city of Domburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands. The palette of the baked clay brick tones is impressive in itself. It is where the art of the wall meets and merge with wall art.
And we’re on our way to spring. This pink tulip palette shows us the direction where we heading to. Yes, indeed, towards a new coming season, that of spring. The colour composition of pink, green and black tells the story.
Security comes with a network of connectors. In fact always, ecosystemically spoken. It is the network of interactions and a set of feed-back loops in between, which in fact create the resilience and related defence mechanism of an organism. ‘Together we are strong’ is one of the variants. Well, what is your personal state, that of your organisation or the community you take care for?
The frosty grass shows itself in winter time in the wetlands as a collection of sticky beacons of survival. Icy sculptures on a very cold morning.
Information about the city infrastructure can be found on every wall and every corner. Signs which tell us a lot about in this case the underground. Sometimes the palette can be almost a form of art. The blue, silver and white send quietness in composition.
No smoking can be a relevant message. On the ferry Calais-Dover the sign is almost a form of art in this colour and shade palette. It is a silent reminder for those who develop promises for the year to come.
Staand in Honfleur voor een eenvoudig huisje ontdek ik, met mijn neus op de details van deur en muur, het rijke palet aan patronen en structuren. De details zijn mogelijk als een vorm van kunst te duiden.
Het muurtje straalt eenvoud uit en is tegelijkertijd toch ook zo rijk geschakeerd in een haast perfecte match van materialen. Maar de kleuren! Die komen pas echt bij me binnen. Ils sont les couleurs de Normandie.
Foto: © Jack Kruf (2007) Les couleurs de Normandie en Honfleur [fine art print]. Breda: Private collection.