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Blowing bubbles

Blowing bubbles is a question of how a liquid film—typically soapy water—interacts with an imposed flow of an external fluid, which is air in the case of bubble blowing.The shape of the bubbles is determined by surface tension. This is what holds the bubble together. It’s also what allows you to fill a cup with water over the brim without spilling. The bubble always tries to make the shape with the minimal surface area. In the free air, this is always a sphere.

Saturday, first of December 2018, Amsterdam



New habitat of storks: refuse dump in Oss

17 November 2018, Oss

Habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.In ecology, a habitat is the type of natural environment in which a particular species of organism lives. It is characterized by both physical and biological features. A species’ habitat is those places where it can find food, shelter, protection and mates for reproduction.

The storks live already for years at the garbage dump, they don’t migrate to West-Afrika but they hibernate in Oss, at the refuse dump (huge hills of sands), a strange place since no insects, snails,earthworms  or frogs can be found there. However, the sand hills are quite high, they provide a good vantage point and youngsters are save from predators.

Not only storks, but also other birds live at this garbage dump.


Oceanic Feeling

Oceanic Feeling (with reference to Roman Rolland and Freud): a feeling of  limitlessness and oneness, becoming aquatic.

‘Like a sheet of water which I feel flushing under the bark’ (Rolland, in Parsons, 1999, p.16-17).

‘I feel very much protected when I’m underwater. . . . I feel as though the sea is on my side.’ (free diver Tanya Streeter in The Guardian).

‘A flood; a torrent of waves; a delicious immersion; a feeling of drowning; arriving in a liquid that rolls, shakes, exhausts and draw one up’ (Clement, 1994, p.201).

Bayonne, France, 9-10 of August 2018


For more reading: 

Bosanquet, A. (2005). Luce Irigaray’s Sensible Transcendental: Becoming Divine in the Body. Transformations, 11, Edges & Centres.





Light: electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The word usually refers to visible light, which is the visible spectrum that is visible to the human eye and is responsible for the sense of sight.

Bayonne, France, 9th of August 2018
Photography: Carolien Hermans

Gorliz, Basque Country, Spain, 8th of August 2018
Photography: Carolien Hermans

Amsterdam, 12th September 2018
Photography: Carolien Hermans

Velp, 9 October 2018, The Netherlands

Ijmuiden, 24 October 2018, The Netherlands

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This movie was shot at the Wittering Beach,in England early in the morning (around 7.30 am). The Sun light shines on the sea water. The light is reflected and schatters in the sea water, so that patterns evolve.

Video: Carolien Hermans
Wittering Beach, England, 27 of June 2018


*Irigaray, L. (1991). Marine Lover of Friedrich Neitzsche. Trans. Gillian C. Gill. New York: Columbia University Press.

Time Of Flight

22 of April 2018, one day before my birthday. We decide to go to the beach, Wijk aan Zee, because the sun is shining and it’s just beautiful weather. 

I took some photographs at the end of day, of two paragliders, but without the men who are struggling with it. Independently, the paragliders turn into creators of their own, sometimes they behave like birds, sometimes like gigant water animals. The scene becomes surreal. 

The title of the post Time of flight (TOF) refers to the fact that the paragliders move through the air, taking the wind as a vehicle for movement. (TOFis a property of an object, particle or acoustic, electromagnetic or other wave. It is the time that such an object needs to travel a distance through a medium).

Wijk aan Zee, 22 april 2018

Shapes & Colours

Shapes and Colours

– the external form, contours, or outline of someone or something;
– a geometric figure such as a square, triangle, or rectangle;
– the quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure;
– the particular physical  appearance of something.

– the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.

Photography: Carolien Hermans
WG Terrein, Amsterdam, 31th  of January 2018, April 2018


Sunflowers, near Palluaud/France, 13th of August 2018

The garden of my father, Oss, 23 September 2018

At home, 15 October 2018


– a long, narrow mark or band;
– a mark connecting two points, something stretched between two things;
– be positioned at intervals along.

– the line or circle that forms the apparent boundary between earth and sky;
– the line at which the earth’s surface and the sky appear to meet.

Two series of photographs, taken in Durgerdam, 26th of January 2018 on a foggy day.

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Moving Surfaces: Moving Curtain

A curtain that moves through the wind: the curtain curls, spirals, twirls, folds and unfolds through a breeze that comes from the window.

Video and concept: Carolien Hermans
Music: Hildur Gudnadotter, Strokur (Touch)
Britannia Hotel, Coventry, July 2017

Photography: Carolien Hermans
Performer: Lisa Scheers
Britannia Hotel, Coventry, July 2017


Textures:the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance.

– skin texture and tone
– the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface
– the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something
– the physical feel of something — smooth, rough, fuzzy, slimy etc.
– the smoothness or roughness of the surface of an object
– tactile quality of an object’s surface. It appeals to our sense of touch, which can evoke feelings of pleasure, discomfort, or familiarity.
Photography: Benjamin Scheers
Photo Editing: Carolien Hermans
The Azores, Crete (Greece), Amsterdam (The Netherlands, Ijmuiden (The Netherlands), Wittering Beach (England)


Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills

Rolling: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel;

Rolling:  a type of motion that combines rotation (commonly, of an axially symmetric object) and translation of that object with respect to a surface (either one or the other moves), such that, if ideal conditions exist, the two are in contact with each other without sliding;

Rolling land: to  extend in gentle undulations;

Rolling land: a succession of low hills giving a wave effect to the surface. A land surface much varied by many small hills and valleys;

Rolling land: gentle slopes continuing for a long distance;

Rolling land:  small hills with gentle slopes that extend a long way into the distance.

Photography: Benjamin Scheers
Photo Editing: Carolien Hermans
The Azores


 a series of low hills,  rolling refers to the up-and-down motion.


Moving Surfaces I

Moving surfaces: water and the notion of flow.

The ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (530-470 BC) perceived  water as a state of flow and constant change, as becomes clear in his following epigram:‘We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not’ (B49a).

In this passage Heraclitus states that we can’t step into the same river twice. This is because the river is constantly changing. We step into the river and  we step out of it again. If we step a second time in the water, we step into a different water and river. The river constantly flows and is changed by its own course. 

I am specifically interested in the relationship between dance/movement and flow. I  use water as a metaphor for being connected. Flow is here considered as ‘a dynamic state—the holistic sensation that people feel when they act with total involvement…as a unified flowing from one movement to the next….in which there is little distinction between self and the environment, between stimulus and response, or between past, present and future’ (Csikszentmihalyi, 1975, p. 36). The flow is uninterrupted, it is a continuous motion that, just like a river, never returns or meanders back to itself. The river travels over ground, it is restless and restfulness at once.

River and sea photography is shown here to explore the notion of flow.

Photography: Benjamin Scheers, Carolien Hermans
Photo editing: Carolien Hermans

Amsterdam (The Netherlands), The Azores, Lisseuil (France), Wittering Beach (England), Wijk aan Zee (The Netherlands)


Here is a quote of Luce Irigaray that resonates well with my oceanic feeling.

‘And the sea can shed shimmering scales indefinitely. Her depths peel off into innumerable thin, shining layers. And each one is the equal of the other as it catches a reflection and lets it go. As it preserves and blurs. As it captures the glinting play of light. As it sustains mirages. Multiple and far too numerous for the pleasure of the eye, which is lost in the host of sparkling surfaces. And with no end in sight. . . . And whoever looks upon her from the overhanging bank finds there a call somewhere further than the farthest far. Toward an other ever more other. Beyond any anchorage yet imaginable’ (Irigaray, 1991, 46-7).