Love

I did not post here last week.
Did I fail my mission ?
I don’t think so.
I have been pretty busy with my creative self on the other side.
The plastic side.
A side I love passionately.
A site that needed some TLC.

If you want to know more, do head over to Stuck In Plastic (the most ever awesome creative plastic collective you will bump into in this Milky Way) and catch up on my posts over there.

I love plastic and I was happy to bump into Woody and Jessie at the end of the rainbow with that other love of my life at my side this weekend.
I can’t wait to follow their plastic adventures here on our little blog and at Stuck In Plastic …

Love it is. Puss Puss.

B.

Complicated

When @Jack said it was complicated last year (on my birthday nonetheless), it resonated with me. Twenty sixteen for sure was a complicated one. A year that will be remembered as the year Donald Trump won the elections in the UsofA. The year that the UK decided to leave the EU and make a Brexit.  A year with continued violence and acts of madness. A year full of tribal fears around the globe (Philippines, China, Russia … to name just a few). A most complicated year, where we had to say goodbye to some very creative people and iconic history makers. A rogue year.

On a much more individual, creative level, twenty sixteen was equally complicated for me and I got more than once stuck in a creative gridlock. When twenty fifteen was about to close, I made my own little creative to do list. A smaller list around my own Four Peas or short 4P in Photography. Not the classic 4Ps of Marketing, but the 4 Photographic areas I wanted to improve in.

People, Places, Plastic and Projects.

I on purpose did not write about it, as I did not want to make any new years resolution as outlined two years ago, and then fail to deliver.  I had hoped to deliver on it and then write the 4P post a little later. It did not happen. I did shoot in my 4P areas, but did not push through in finishing them off and share them consistently with you.

With twenty seventeen freshly started, it is time to take a new approach, make some new years resolutions and then follow through on them.

Doing a 365 photo challenge is nothing for me, and doing one post a month (my lofty promise from October) also did not work that well.

So here is my promise to self.

I will post once a week, here on my little photo blog a new work I did not share with you before (at least not here). A work that fits in one of my Four Peas.

Not complicated.

Actually, pretty simple.

A Happy Twenty Seventeen !

Crossroads
You will be seeing more of Woody and Jessie in my plastic adventure categories in 2017 (clicking the image should take you straight to my portfolio site and show you some other work featuring Woody)

Seattle

Seattle (/siˈætəl/ see-at-əl) is a coastal seaport city on the wbest coast of the U.S. in the state of Washington. With an estimated 652,405 residents as of 2013, downtown Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region of North America and the fastest-growing major city in the United States (did we mention the Seattle metropolitan area has approximate 3.6 million inhabitants including some of the world most famous geeks and AFOLs alike).

The city is situated on a narrow isthmus between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, about 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of the Canada–United States border. A major gateway for trade with Asia, Seattle is the 8th largest port in the United States and 9th largest in North America in terms of container handling and the very first city to hold the very first fine art LEGO photography exhibition in the Bryan Ohno Gallery.

A city with a Space Needle, a Ferris Wheel and new Friends.

Seattle

A month has gone by since we were in Seattle for the grand opening of the In LEGO, We Connect exhibition (the very first one) and only now could we take a break, pause the rollercoaster and share some cityscapes for you to enjoy this fine Sunday together with the chocolate*.

Happy Easter !

Boris

(*) Easter Egg Chocolate can seriously damage your health. Only use in sufficient qualities and indulge in the cacao.

Selfie

A selfie (/ˈselfiː/) [1] is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. They are usually flattering and made to appear casual. Most selfies are taken with a camera held at arm’s length or pointed at a mirror, rather than by using a self-timer but exceptions do apply.

Today was a selfie day as it was long overdue to get myself a new selfie for work.

Not sure I managed, but the crew had some fun with this shooting experiment.

Here is the one that will not make it to the corporate directory.

Boris
Fun it was.

Turnaround

Turnarounds are scheduled events wherein an entire process unit of an industrial plant is taken offstream for an extended period for revamp and/or renewal. Turnaround is a blanket term that encompasses more specific terms such as Inspection & Testing, debottlenecking projects, revamps and catalyst regeneration projects.

Turnaround can also be used as a synonym of shutdowns and outages and 2014 has just gone into such a turnaround while 2015 is taken online by Planet Earth.

In Belgium we used to have a tradition of giving the turnaround mission statement in what most people call their New Years Resolution.

I am not going to turn this post into a promise of absolutes, with no more wine, commitments to daily gym sessions and only healthy veggie juices instead of caffeine for breakfast or committing to run half a marathon (these are just the healthy ones).

No such absolutes.
I am not taking myself into a full stop turnaround.

Yet I do want to take a next step in my creative passions in 2015 and take my photography to the next level.

A level I will be sharing here with you.

For now, I wish you a perfect turnaround into 2015.

Jelly

In the U.S. and Canada, jelly refers to a clear or translucent fruit spread made from sweetened fruit juice and is set by using its naturally occurring pectin, whereas outside North America (read Europe and the rest of the world) jelly most of the time refers to a gelatin-based dessert. Unless you are talking to a marine biologist specialized in the non-polyp form of individuals of the Phylum Cnidaria.

The difference is subtle, yet important.

Jelly

Jelly can be made from sweet, savory or hot ingredients. It is made by a process similar to that used for making jam, with the additional step of filtering out the fruit pulp after the initial heating. A stockinette “jelly bag” is traditionally used as a filter, suspended by string over a bowl to allow the straining to occur gently under gravity. It is important not to attempt to force the straining process, for example by squeezing the mass of fruit into the stockings or the clarity of the resulting jelly will be compromised.
Patience is a virtue when talking Jelly.

Jelly can come in a variety of flavors such as grape jelly, strawberry jelly, hot chile pepper and even jellyfish.

It is typically eaten with a variety of foods. This includes jelly with toast, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
The Jellyfish variant is considered a delicacy in Japan and Korea.
Dried that is.

Jelly Too

Pectin (from Ancient Greek: πηκτικός pēktikós, “congealed, curdled”) is a structural heteropolysaccharide contained in the primary cell walls of terrestrial plants and not found in Jellyfish.

It was first isolated and described in 1825 by Henri Braconnot.

It is produced commercially as a white powder, mainly extracted from citrus fruits, and is used in food as a gelling agent, particularly in jams and jellies.

Not to be confused with gels used in photography (that is another post).

“Good jelly is clear and sparkling and has a fresh flavor of the fruit from which it is made. It is tender enough to quiver when moved, but holds angles when cut.”

Now that is a definition I like.

Jelly.