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Whale II

Whale II
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Copyright: John Maenhout (jhm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24942 W: 520 N: 42055] (180260)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-06-16
Categories: Artwork
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Sandisk CFIII 16GB, B+W 82 010 UV - Haze 1x MRC
Exposure: f/8, 30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-22 9:45
Viewed: 618
Points: 68
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JHM New site Aug 2017 – 2018

Picture Bruges 2018
Triennial Bruges 2018: Liquid City
5/5/2018 to 16/9/2018 - www.triennalebrugge.be

Some members asked to see the other side of the Whale
Here the other side with the stamp of Jan Van Eyck and the tower of the Bruges archive.

Spiegelrei t.h.v. the Jan Van Eyckplein

The statue of Jan Van Eyck is face to face with a blue whale, a gigantic sculpture built from waste material collected from the plastic soup that poses a daily threat to all life on earth.

In 2018, the Triënnale will settle for the second time in Bruges. The triennial contemporary art trail, with surprising installations by renowned artists and architects, is spread over the entire city center. The Triennale investigates the future of a city like Bruges and wants to be a safe beacon. Bruges as a flowing city, open and involved, a motor of social, cultural and political change. Bruges as a breeding ground for innovation. Just as the medieval Bruggeling actively shaped its city, the current citizen shares his dreams and wishes about living together in Bruges. Triennial Bruges 2018 stimulates interaction and creates a new urban foundation. The liquid city, literally surrounded by water, becomes a metaphorical Liquid City. A continuous artistic movement, that sometimes stormy and then gently lurching through the city.

hope you can enjoy.

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pajaran, worldcitizen, ikeharel, ChrisJ, cornejo, jadir, dale54, Fis2, COSTANTINO, pierrefonds, papagolf21, PaulVDV, Cricri, danos, PiotrF, mcmtanyel, fotka has marked this note useful
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Dpobro vece, gopsodine.,
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra perpsketiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa posmatracima.
Lep deo grada i skulptura kita.
Dobar tekst o koriscenoj tehnici i elementima snimka.
Zelim vam lepu i mirnu noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.

Ciao John, lovely composition with fantastic statue in FG and beautiful facades, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good weekend, ciao Silvio

Hello John,
It is interesting to see the whale from the other side too. There is a trio of vertical shapes - whale, Van Eyck statue and church tower - that provide a very interesting view and also create depth. The view is lined with beautiful buildings on both sides of the canal. The photo is well balanced and excellently exposed.
Kind regards,

Hello John,
I looked at both photos of the whale, and this one pulled me in a bit more. It seems like the whale is very curious to see what is going on around him, and here we can see so much beautiful architecture, too. It's a shame what humans have done to the oceans with so much plastic waste. I hope the situation will improve, and the whales, and all sea life, can continue to thrive.

Truly a better perspective, John, we get to see the whale as a whole.
It nicely stand out against the city monuments and with its modern texture contrast the architecture's.
Good evening,

Hello friend John, I remember this interesting place in the beautiful city without the monster, I do not like the plastic monster, I think it breaks the peace of the place. Your good photography shows it perfectly. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing.

Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from the south of Spain.

Hello John,

I have to admit, this reminded me of 'Jaws', when a giant shark came leaping out of the water! It must surprise people when they see it for the first time! However, it striking and a very good use of the plastic debris!
As always, you have created a fine composition, the focal image strongly placed and using good lead lines.
The photograph has excellent clarity.

My warm regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12191 W: 126 N: 21997] (112281)
  • [2018-06-22 12:03]

Salut John,une prise de vue differente pour nous montere l'autre facade de la balene,encore une capture vraiment parfaite completee' par les magnifiques facades en arrier plan,bien fait. Belle soiree' et merci,Luciano

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 1693] (13957)
  • [2018-06-22 12:44]

john hello and good evening..your last shot didnt show how massive this artwork is!WOW! beautiful shot my friend! tfs dale

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14385 W: 0 N: 16316] (174849)
  • [2018-06-22 13:03]


encore une superbe iamge de cette oeuvre d'art dans l'autre sens quelle compo et vue quel effet cet immense balein faite de ces objet et le contraste avec les autres édifilces sueprbe captage.
Bravo et amitié

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10216 W: 161 N: 16911] (129655)
  • [2018-06-22 13:20]

Witaj John!
This whale view is also impressive.
Nice frame, colors and light.
Well done.
Good weekend.

Hello dear John and have a nice time
and a happy weekeend
wow!!!original version with the blue whale
greetings to the artisti who created this
art it seems like the whale desiring
to see what s going on around
nice timing for you

HI John,

The whale is a good focal point. The point of view is showing the details of church, of the statue and of the houses. It is clear and precise. Have a nice day.


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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9606 W: 57 N: 16405] (60620)
  • [2018-06-22 22:33]

Hallo John,
Nog een prachtige foto van deze walvis, die vanuit het water zo het pleintje op lijkt te willen springen. De oude architectuur van de stad met de trapgevels en de ranke toren vormen een prachtig decor in een aangenaam licht.

Bonjour, cher ami john,
L'effet est toujours aussi spectaculaire. Et la présentation est parfaite;
Les détails sont percutants.
Bravo !

Salut John,
Une auvre vue sous un angle différent de la précdente afin de nous faire bien profiter de cette oeuvre particulièrement originale, elle semble à l'étoit dans ce canal cette baleine, intéressant environnement architectural, bonne gestion des contrastes de luminosité.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10629 W: 146 N: 26778] (128419)
  • [2018-06-22 23:39]

Hello John,

I know the place, I was there. But there was not such an interesting piece of art. I like the view from this side better than in your other picture. It seems that the whale is watching what is going on on the Jan van Eyck square.
Intriguing composition.

KInd regards MAlgo

Hello John, both shots of the Blue whale are excellent, with a powerful statement about our careless use of, and disposal of plastics.
I like this shot in particular as we are able to see the statue of Jan Van Eyck, although he does have his back to the whale!
As always, the beautiful buildings of Bruges are a winner.
Regards Jean.

Nice postcard with the interesting water sculpture. Great idea to show us the disaster of plastic pollution in the oceans.


Hallo John,
Ja, het is ook interessant om te zien hoe dit kunstwerk in het water zit.
Een prachtige combinatie van de walvis met de historische gebouwen en het standbeeld.
Een heel goede compositie en mooi scherp gepresenteerd.
Prettig weekend, Paul

Bonjour John,

J'ai vu plusieurs exemplaires de cette baleine en plastic dernièrement dans plusieurs publications. Si on pouvait toujours recycler d'aussi belle manière. Quel beau cadrage avec les beaux immeubles en arrière plan.



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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16074 W: 159 N: 28029] (147338)
  • [2018-06-23 8:58]

Bonjour John
J'aime cette version , le POV sur la baleine blanc et bleu, suivi de la statue, des différents bâtiments, spectaculaire œuvre d'art à Bruges
Bonne soirée

Temps très froid ce matin ( 11°) après midi ( 17°)

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10394 W: 174 N: 18556] (82651)
  • [2018-06-23 9:52]


here the view matching the sculpture with these marvelous buildings created a fabulous contrast. very nice details.

take care


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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14777 W: 1051 N: 30245] (141865)
  • [2018-06-23 10:05]

Hello John,

It's good to see the recycled whale from this side as well. I like the stepped pyramid shape of the roofs at left and the cyclists at right animate the scene. Good sharpness and the bg spire and statue add focal points. Tfs!

Hi John
ah...whale #2, this is just as good if not better than the first one - i enjoy both. Great to have the whale now from the opposite position with more buildings in the far bg. its a great shot, fun scene, and it came out so well. cheers

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-24 4:53]

Hello John,
very nice the placement as the details of the whale in the frame with its colours to contrast perfect with the brick reddish houses on the left.Excellent presentation.


Hello dear John,
Another perfect capture in your gallery; taken with very good pov and sharpness.
The artist WHO has created this modern artwok had for shure great phanasy.
TFS and best regards

Dear John,

I see you documented the whale very thoroughly from every possible aspect.

Best Wishes,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-06-25 14:33]

Hello John,
Another interesting capture of gigantic sculpture with impressive tower in bg.
Excellent detailed picture with nice colors, good composition and good sharpness.
Fine presentation.

ze verzinnen wat art in de stad,
goede opname ervan, of ik de kunst mooi vind, doet er niet toe de foto is goed.
gr. jaap

Hello John,
Thanks for showing us this interesting statue from a different angle, revealing the different color of its back. Its modern look is quite a contrast to the historic buildings around.👍

A wonderful ides to hold an art festival like this in Brugge and this is a great exhibit. I love the way it rises from the depths against the background of ancient builds, great perspective. A super shot John...

Hi John
Wondering what that whale is up to, but it helps the eye to hang on firmly there and juxtaposed superbly within the setting. The combination of warm light and colour and throng of visitors have lifted this scene tenfold aided by excellent detailed features. Excellent shot, Congrats.
Best wishes

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  • fotka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 510 W: 9 N: 1251] (5899)
  • [2018-07-10 4:47]

Hi John,
I see that Bruges get new tourist attraction. Some people has talent to make piece of art from waste material.
The blue whale is placed in wonderful historical center with interesting buildings, church, statue.
The quality of picture is great as always.
Best regards,

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