The bust of Le Corbusier in Roquebrune Cap Martin

The bust of Le Corbusier in Roquebrune Cap Martin, where he lived and died

The bust of Le Corbusier in Roquebrune Cap Martin, where he lived and died.

The world famous Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier spent some time in his later years in a small self-designed vacation cabin at the Mediterranean Sea in Roquebrune Cap Martin, just a few kilometres away from Monaco. The bust is located not far from this cabin and from where he was presumably found dead after a swim in the morning in the Mediterranean Sea in 1965.

The area around Roquebrune Cap Martin is very scenic, and I took several excellent photos of the shore and the sea with the spray and rough shore making for a dramatic background with rich saturated colours. The picture of the bust of Le Corbusier on the other hand, taken in the early morning, expresses a calmness and quality, that very much improves from being shown in black and white, supporting the texture and simplicity of the composition.

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The Cloud Gate in Chicago early in the Morning

The 'bean' in Chicago, officially called the 'Cloudgate'

The Cloudgate in Chicago early in the morning

The Cloud Gate. By the British sculptor Anish Kapoor (see Wikipedia page) in Chicago is a really impressive sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Nicknamed the Bean due to its shape it destorts anything relfected by the perfectly polished stainless steel it is made of.

Of course this sculpture is a major tourist attraction and it is almost impossible to get a picture without a crowd of people in it. But one of the main attraction is to run around and see the distorted reflections of the crowd that are with you and the surouding cityscape.

But with the help of a decent amount of jetlag I was able to get up early and take a number of pictures with almost anybody in the shot. But even at 6 o’clock in the morning, there were already plenty of tourists (probably also jetlagged) and two girls trying to do a fashion shoot in front of the bean. They posed in the front part of the sculpture and tried various poses, trying to incorporate the reflections into the shoot.  So I was relegated to the back side of the bean and tried to take a picture of the cityscape in the reflection. It is a spectacular sight and worth a visit of Chicago alone.

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