Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Inaugural speech of Ms Dr. J.W. van Saane

cortege of inaugural speech Dr. J.W. van Saane
cortege of inaugural speech Ms Dr. J.W. van Saane
The inaugural speech of Ms Dr. (Dutch title) J.W. van Saane took place Friday 24 April last at the aula of VU University. I volunteered to photograph the event, but hadn't come round to post the photos as I fell down with the flue this past week. In the photo above Dr. J.W. van Saane is the woman immediately on the right of the beadle.
cortege of inaugural speech Dr. J.W. van Saane
The two pictures above show the cortege, this is the procession of professors in their ceremonial togas led by the beadle who is holding her ceremonial staff. The photo immediately above shows the dean (fourth of the left) of the Faculty of Theology, Professor W. Janse, at VU University.
Rector Magnificus, Professor J.W. Winter
The procedure of an inaugural speech is quite simple: first the rector magnificus introduces the candidate.
inaugural speech of Dr. J.W. van Saane
Next the candidate takes the stage accepting the post as a professor, in this case Dr. J.W. van Saane accepted her post as professor in Education Theology & Religious Studies. In her inaugural speech or public class dr. J.W. van Saane explained what kind of education she meant by: "What I have in mind is education in which knowledge transfer, academic skills and scientific distance are combined with religious or philosophical identity-building."
front row at the inaugural speech
front row (family side) at the inaugural speech
front row at the inaugural speech: the cortege
The cortege is seated at the front row of the aula at the right of the family. Shown above are from left to right: rector magnificus Professor J.W. Winter, Ms Professor M.M. Jansen (rector  PThU), Professor W. Janse (dean Faculty of Theology), unknown female professor, Professor B.J. Lietaert Peerbolte, Ms Professor H. Amirav, unknown male professor and Professor S. Paas.
Dr. J.W. van Saane after her inaugural speech
Dr. J.W. van Saane after her inaugural speech
After her inaugural speech the dean of the Faculty of Theology, Professor W. Janse welcomed her in her post as professor. 
black beret
At the ending of the ceremony the cortege is allowed to leave the aula first, led by the beadle. Subsequently the afternoon was ended with the opportunity to congratulate Professor Van Saane during a reception at the foyer.
audience at the inaugural speech
I very much enjoyed photographing this academic event, I just need to have more guts to be right in front of the audience and not to be too shy to come close to the stage. All I need to do is to relax a bit more and see the opportunities of the moment. Also, lighting was poor and I shot the whole event with a fixed 50 mm lens, which was fine but gave me little room for zooming in on my subject.
at the bar
at the bar


glass of white wine

Monday, 4 May 2015

Pink petals

petals on the ground
petals on the ground
The day before yesterday I photographed the blossoming trees in my street and at the back of the house (see here). Last night it had rained quite a lot so that the trees had lost a lot of their blossoms and this morning it looked like it had snowed!
pink petals in the curb
pink petals in the curb
I became very enthusiastic about this, you know, this visual spectacle only happens once a year and I was happy to have witnessed it.
pink petals in the street
pink petals in the street

pink petals on iron
pink petals on iron (at the dumpsters) 
pink petals, shadows and streetcurb
pink petals, shadows and a streetcurb

pink petals and daisies
pink petals and daisies
The shot right above is secretly my favorite: the grass was covered with a layer of petals. The daisies in the grass were easily overlooked and it took me a little while to notice them. They looked tender and vulnerable.
floating pink petals
floating pink petals
I end this post with one of my favorite past times: looking in the water. I am usually stopped by what I see in there.
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