If you’re still looking for the perfect 2014 calendar, this post might be something for you. Unless you don’t like pet rabbits, that is.
Every year, the pet rabbit community Bunspace creates a calendar with photos of their members. The process is easy: you buy a ticket (proceeds go to an animal shelter) to upload a certain number of photos. When the upload-period finishes, members can vote for their favorite photos. The photo with most of the votes gets to be on the cover of the calendar. The other photos get their place on one of the monthly collages.
By the end of the summer, I browsed back to Bunspace to see if any of my photos made the calendar and to my surprise I found out that one of the photos I submitted, would be on the cover of the calendar.
I’m extremly proud that my photo will be on display in several households across the globe. The rabbit on the cover is Robby and he lives with my parents. My own boy Joey and the late Jack are also made it to the calendar, they’re part of the February collage. I guess it’s better luck next time for our pet rabbit Hiro and the late Mickey.
If you want to brighten up 2014 by looking at rabbits all year long: the calendar is available for purchase over on the Bunspace store.
When on my way to work last week, I had to make a U-turn when I witnessed the scenery above. It has something eerie about it, doesn’t it? Luckily, I always tend to carry a camera with me. I can’t help but feel grateful whenever I get to see something as simple as this. I only hope that other people can learn to appreciate these little things in life as well. It would definitely make the world a happier place.
I barely talk about my day job around here, but I’d like to make an exception to present you the work of Johan Vandenbussche.
If you happen to have visited my LinkedIn profile you know by now that I work for Vanden Broele Publishers. Next to the publishing house the Vanden Broele Group is also active in print & digital media, advertising & pr and IT solutions.
Almost three years ago to this date our CEO’s wife Sarah Verhaeghe passed away after a tragic kitesurf accident. I didn’t work for the company at that time, but I do remember reading an article about it. It fed my interest since she was a (talented) photographer.
In the wake of her death an annual award was created by Tom Vanden Broele and Narafi to recognize the work of young photography professionals . Narafi is a Brussels-based college that offers a Bachelor education in the photography and video field. The Sarah Verhaeghe award is awarded at the end of each academic year to one of the graduates.
This year’s laureate was Johan Vandenbussche who presented the series You Animal. He photographed 12 different animals in a studio shed. Afterwards he processed every image in Photoshop. The photoshopping is minimal, yet the viewer feels that something is odd about what they’re perceiving.
From the moment I saw (part of) the series, I was a huge fan. I won’t deny the fact that, as an animal-lover, I’m a bit biased here. But above all, I’m quite excited for 2014, as these images will grace the 2014 Vanden Broele calendar. I guess it won’t come as a surprise when I tell you I look forward to ring in 2014?
(all photos by Johan Vandenbussche)