Merry Christmars

For decades, I’ ve been putting a great deal of work into my Christmas cards. And sometimes into those of others. This year I made one by commission of Explore Mars, a (mostly) American non-profit organization that promotes Manned Mars exploration:

explore-mars-seasons-greetings-2014

The design and the text “Two Down, Mars and the Universe to go” is a reference to Neil Armstrong’s “giant leap for mankind” and the recent landing of the European spacecraft Philae on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Mars comes into view as the next big step. And after that there are a few hundred billion stars and their planets to visit in our galaxy alone.

Not coincidentally, the Earth shows exactly the coastline of North America in view. But maybe that’s a detail that not everyone will notice

The 2014 towers

Last year I sput a lot of effort into this Christmas card, trying to evoke a slightly futuristic winter mood:

2014

The Iceland Collection

This year I took it easy. It was mainly a matter of choice. Two images from the Iceland Collection simply asked to be used as a Christmas card. The church in the snowy landscape of Thingvellir National Park is of course a classic Christmas picture:

church-thingvellir

But I’m also fond of this image of a fishing boat in the port of Keflavik during a snowstorm:

fishing-boat-keflavik

In the end I didn’t make a choice; I just use them both. Merry Christmas and a great 2015!

Frans Blok

My work explores the border regions of photography, painting and computer visuals. With my company 3Develop I do work in commission but I use the same techniques, skills and software to make free work. I am originally an architect and I live in Rotterdam; for that reason the architecture of that city is a major (but not the only) source of inspiration. But also travel to countries like Iceland and Britain, or walks in the Netherlands, provide much material. Seeing and showing quality and beauty, that is what my work is about.

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