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Footsteps of Magritte

Footsteps of Magritte
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Copyright: Jaak Vandecan (jvcd) Gold Star Critiquer [C: 63 W: 1 N: 1] (1127)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1986
Categories: Portrait
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): M74 favourites (B&W photos), dada's favorits 3, degetica's favs, Dingo's favourites too, Tropicana Award, Pics to learn from, Surrealism and Fantasy, 5 or more favorites, INTERESTING WORKS, manipulation majeure, ! ! ! ! ! OVER 5000 views! ! ! !, MOOOODDD!!!, Points forgotten [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-07 10:49
Viewed: 12539
Favorites: 27 [view]
Points: 140
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Old B&W enlargment, made in darkroom, with 3 different negatives (6x7) - Before i got my first MAC
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This is just superb and reminiscent of so many contemporary artists.
It's just inspired!
Great stuff, thanks for posting.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2006-09-07 10:52]

Hello Jaak,
great composition. Excellent idea and perfect executuion. Wonderful work.

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  • peetol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 51 N: 694] (5745)
  • [2006-09-07 10:53]

Very impressive, Jaak! The composition is superb. And to think this was done in a real darkroom makes it even more fascinating!

Thanks for sharing,


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  • Jorge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 128 W: 6 N: 26] (417)
  • [2006-09-07 11:05]

This is good work Jaak!
I have no idea how you did it but it is superb.

Hi Jaak!
Splendid idea,good B&W work.I like it.regards.

This is fantastic Jaak!
I love the elements and the tones are superb. Idea is creative, intelligent and very well executed.

Just great work!!!!!

take care, Stef :))

Ji Jaak,
Wonderful picture. This is really well seen with good imagination:) I love the use of B&W and this composition is superb. I like it a lot, TFS,

Muy surrealista
me entusiasma esta imagen

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  • tracer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 748 W: 45 N: 1650] (8284)
  • [2006-09-07 11:35]

wow impressive work! every element is just great.

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  • kateb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 147 N: 338] (2991)
  • [2006-09-07 11:42]

A very clever and effective composition, well created!

I love Magrittes work and this fits in wonderfully and cleverly done especially in a darkroom. Have you done anything similar on the computer?

great idea, excellent shot... jus perfect TFS congratulations

Hi Jack
Really well done with old school techniques. Excellent composition. TFS


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  • Drew Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 14 N: 10] (205)
  • [2006-09-07 11:56]


Amazing skills in the darkroom to create this. The idea is really good and I really like it. You have composed the shot nicely and it works really well in Black and white.

Nice one


Wow! I am very impressed by that original and very well done picture! And knowing you did it the hard way in lab make it even more admirable! Superb! Bravo!

Fantastic work here Jaak.
The good ol darkroom...

Hi Jack, Beautiful composition, very artistic!
Bravo & TFS!!!


Hi Jaak
Great idea, good shot..


Woahhh! Powerfull that X Ray Frame! :)
Yes as i read the note, i have idea of the procedure. The question is not how it's made but the detail of finition, of merging the photos. It's sharp and clean! and original of course. The clouds in the window is of an excellent texture to complete the mood!


Hi jaak,
I love so much Magritte's work and with this picture you have made a good tribute to your fellow citizen.
Beautiful the atmosphere that you have known how to create with the BW.

Very artistic work, Jaak !
Not sure of the shadow that gives a strange shape to the head projected on the wall.
Apart from this, it is a nice idea to inspire yourself from Magritte, of course !


this is a piece of art,


Dag Jaak,
Fantastisch werk!
Erg goed idee,
de zwartwitcontrasten zijn echt prachtig!
een nieuwe favoriet,

Really imaginative and creative picture. All elements work well together, and b&w tones suit the subject so well.
Thanks for sharing

Great shot Jaak! Very original and creative. Black and white works very well.


Wow! CREATIVITY!!! and extremely well performance. well done Jaak.

This photo reminde me on lot of works by Belgian photographers I see on different exhibition back in 1970s and 1980s.

Love this one.
Regards Darko

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2006-09-07 21:52]

Magnificent creation! This is very creative and artistic! The composition is excellent! Bravo! Michel

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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2006-09-08 0:22]

Very artistic and an excellent composition! The chiarascuro effect is superb.


Wow! Excellent work indeed.
A spectacular result, more so considering it was made with negatives.

Very artistic! Excellent work!

fantasic, creative, wonderful work!this is real art!

beautiful work jaak :)
love the idea and effect here, whats more impressive is that it was done will film :)
thanks for sharing

I found this in Michel's critiques: what a find, what a picture! I love Magritte, and you captured the spirit!!! This is going into my favorites right now!!

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2006-09-10 13:38]

Beautifully created picture in monochrome compostion. The idea is fabulous and enigmatic at the same time. A thirst of understanding this image never quenches with a single look.

Greetings for sharing a wonderful creation.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2006-09-10 13:41]

Amazing shot, well crafted and imagined

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  • salil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 573 W: 17 N: 295] (2116)
  • [2006-09-18 8:59]
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Brilliant dark room work. As an old hand at dark room printing I can tell how difficult alignment is in these cases. As also the exposure and developing. You have also visualized the final effect very well. You have achieved fine tonality. What was the paper, the chemical and the film?

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2006-09-19 5:24]

Simply Exellent.


Yan M

Simply brilliant, my only critique is that I don't own a lovely silver gel print of it,

Best wishes, Martin

hmm my favorite in you album, great photo, good work, regards

Absolutely lovely idea ...very creative. And well executed as well. TFS

Would certainly have been out there when you did it, great even by todays standards, very creative.



heel tof gemaak
Peter en Katia

While this is a little grainier than Magrittes images (usually quite clean-cut) but this is certainly in his footsteps.

  • sebcz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 172 W: 31 N: 60] (869)
  • [2006-10-07 12:33]

Very creative one. I have been admiring this for some time now. Compliments.

:) tomorrow

Hi jaak thank you for your compliments I´ve seen your picture and I like your style.Compliments and continue like that

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  • zorba Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-20 17:40]
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the best i ever sean. congratulations

No doubt, it really deserves points. 2 from me.

Very hardworking idea, at darkroom. The result is fascinating. This photo really attract for deep scan through your eyes, excellent.

Jamshaid :)

Breath taking!!
it could not be more beautiful with a digital, no, NO WAY!
in favs, Sabina

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  • dada Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 46 N: 382] (6560)
  • [2006-10-24 10:25]

wow amaizing idea and presentation! kind of magritte painting!

a fav, thanks!

Fantastic surreal photo. I can't think of one thing you could improve on.


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2006-12-17 6:07]

Euh... alles is al gezegd, zeker ?
Prachtwerk, temeer omdat het niet digitaal is gemaakt. Chapeau!

Really neat image. Good twist on the frame theme.

Great job!
The realisation is superbe!
Knowing that you've done it "manual" as the old-school... my very respects.
The Magritte effect is really accomplished.

Roberto Juarez!

Magic shot here Jaak
Great Idea and PP work

Excellent surrealism.
Great image and POV.
I agree with runnerduck reminiscent of many contemporary artists.
Great imagination and creative idea.
Love the tones, shadows and the idea.

TFS Tracey

you really deserved the best!!!!!
great image!

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2007-03-29 20:22]

I love surrealist painting this is well done

Hello Jaak.

Excellent image, nice composition.

Jose Luis.

Dag Jaak,
Cette photo est en ce moment "Featured Favorite Photo" et c'est comme ça que je l'ai découverte... et j'en suis tombée immédiatement amoureuse - vraiment très bien fait et digne de Magritte certainement !
Bravo et bonne journée,

This is amazing, and all done in the darkroom. My compliments.

Great Job.


Very,very clever.

Bonjour Jaak,
maybe the nicest image I've seen on TL! Masterpiece!!! Reminds me Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here". Also in your gallery, I see constancy in quality of lighting and diversity in subjects. I made a discovery today! Congratulations!
P.S.: Sorry, I don't know how to make it favorite. It's my first and only!....

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  • Enka Gold Star Critiquer [C: 98 W: 0 N: 0] (624)
  • [2007-08-28 13:46]

Great art work!


Very good.

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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2008-04-06 10:33]

Bravo bravo bravo.....

Oh, that's a masterpiece realyy, very original in a way, but absolutely great PP.



fantastica, muy muy buena, saludos

quelle belle création, quelle bonne inspiration

Olá jaak
Nice surrealism effect
good colors of BW
i liked

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  • Iness (546)
  • [2009-03-08 6:43]



Hello Jaak,

A great effort with magnificent results.


Hello Jaak,
Fantastic and superb! Very artistic and powerful!
Well done!

Greetings and TFS,

Ciao Jaak,

great job in darkroom. I had tried, time I make, to make this kind of intense activities and I know what I want to say.

Saluti dall'Italia

Wow...original idea,...very well done.Just fantastic.


This is an amazing composition, I love the tones and the lines of the image. Bravo.

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