Happy newyear! (and a thought..)

Fireworks over a boat on the Loire river in Orléans

Fireworks!

A year has gone by… how time flies!..

I started this blog back in August / September this year. I choose to use WordPress, because I like it’s concepts. It was never intended to be a “high profile” blog with huge amounts of traffic. No, I was very happy with the few visitors I had each day. So I was very surprised to see a huge rise in visitors about three weeks ago. What happened?

After a few days I decided to investigate. It was not difficult to see what was going on: I had (and I still have) hundreds of connections each day on one particular page: “wp-login.php”. Now that’s interesting! Every day a few hundred machines, probably part of a botnet, are trying to crack my admin password by brute-force.

I’m not too worried though, because I have a pretty strong password, but I decided to install a supplemental plugin called “Limit Login Attempts” to limit the connection rate of the bad guys. This way it should take them a few hundred years(!) to find my password according to statistical laws…

But all this made me think. I wonder how many small blogs, “abandoned” blogs or blogs with a low posting frequency are hacked without the owner knowing anything about it? Because it has become obvious to me that these kinds of “low profile websites” are ideal targets for hackers… Scary…!

Anyway: happy new year and blog safely!

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Happy Holidays!

Candle

Happy Holidays

No, no new photo this time.  I took this one last year during the holiday season and it’s in color; no black and white for once.

I’ve been very busy lately in my new job as a project manager and PHP developer. An exciting job that has taken almost all of my spare time so I didn’t have time to go out and shoot. I hope to get back to photography next month, if my work lets me.

But for now: a few days off to relax with my family. Cool! I wish you all the best for 2013 and[mantra-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]happy holidays![/mantra-pullquote]

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ATEM le souffle, on tour

Anne-Sophie Lancelin and Josef Nadj in "ATEM"

Anne-Sophie Lancelin and Josef Nadj in “ATEM”

Last summer I did a photo session covering Josef Nadj’s latest piece “ATEM le souffle” at the CCNO in Orléans,  France. Here’s a summary of this piece and a tour calendar. Check it out if you can, it’s an awesome experience!

Transforming the cramped area of a three-by-four-meter box into an infinite space, abolishing time with a simple baton, which restricts as much as it makes possible the relationship of two beings: this is the theatrical and alchemical experience that Josef Nadj and Anne-Sophie Lancelin engage in. Together, they inhabit this device and dance for about 60 spectators. The crowding is metamorphosed into intimacy, the public is attentive to the innumerable details of a stage lit only by candles. The picture vacillates and changes attacked by each person’s breath. Breath is Atem in German. It is a word that Josef Nadj encountered in a poem by Paul Celan, whose writings gravitate around this new creation. The picture also vacillates and changes attacked by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) whose engraving Melencolia has subjugated and pursued Josef Nadj since his adolescence. He sees a woman and a small man in it, both sporting wings, who seem to be waiting in front of a house, surrounded by a host of signs and objects that lend themselves to infinite interpretations. The choreography takes hold of this engraving and the other two that form with it a trilogy – Saint Jerome in His Study and Knight, Death and the Devil –, like a field of rebuses, of suggestions. To unfold all the possibilities in these works, Anne-Sophie Lancelin and Josef Nadj circulate in a sound space composed by Alain Mahé, using the sound of nature and the elements. For a small theater of light and shadow, emotions and sensations.

Renan Benyamina for the 2012 edition of the Festival d’Avignon

 

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Chambord castle, sunrise

Black and white photo of the castle of Chambord at sunrise

Sunrise at Chambord

The castle of Chambord always offers a spectacular sight, but it’s even more impressive at sunrise. This is a view of the castle as seen from the little bridge over the river “Cosson”. You don’t see a lot of photos from this point of view, because you need to walk half a mile to get to the bridge… Too much trouble for most of the visitors…

Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and Château d’Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona. Some authors claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the château’s design, and others have suggested that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed it. 1

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Standing Tall

Standing Tall, Lighthouse Perros Guirec, long exposure

Standing Tall

The last one from my “lighthouses series” and another one from “Red Rocks” or, as the locals call it “Men Ruz” at Ploumanac’h near Perros Guirec. As usual, a long exposure (22 seconds) in order to get a nice blur in the sky and “dreamy” waves. This way I also got rid of a few tourists who were lingering around the building. You can read more about this series here and here.

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