Art Nouveau firstly emerged in the early 1890′s, particularly in Brussels, Paris and London. Benefiting from a period of considerable economic wealth and development the city gone through a substantial building programme. We can conclude that the Art Nouveau movement was highly linked to industry and the growth of modern commercialism. Its name was even given by a businessman.
As for Brussels, architects such as Victor Horta initiated new and innovative design projects in the city. This led to the maturity of Art Nouveau. It was in Brussels that glass and iron were combined visibly to create light and airy interiors. Here in my photo walk during the Art Nouveau walk during the Biennale does not provide any images from indoor but more on facades of the buildings.
In October, my walk started in Schaerbeek and followed a route from Botanique area to Parc Josaphart then passed to Square Ambroix. I have not only focused on Art Nouveau buildings but also modern or random architecture.
So here in this photo set, you will see the Ancien Immeuble RVS (the first photo), details of Maison Autrique, private house in Rue Seutin 8, Ancien hôtel de la Régie des Téléphones et des Télégraphes (large photo below) in Schaerbeek. Quaker house, Hanse office, Hôtel Van Eetvelde, Maison de Gustave Strauven in square Ambroix.
Architectural landscape of Brussels is bringing high contrast and I love it. Just like the French and the Dutch newspapers.
It was a nice walk in a cold Sunday afternoon. It was rather sad because this was my last roll from devoted Leica Minilux, which suffered a E02 failure while shooting this roll. See the first photo in this post with multiple exposure. Normally Leica Minilux does not have that capability but because of the shutter failure it resulted in multiple exposure. After 3.5 half years and 30 rolls of film I had to say farewell to the Minilux.
Ilford FP4 Plus 125
Process&Scan by Technophoto
October 2011 Brussels