AOTW # 6

Submitted by Samatar 12/11/05 10:29 PM GMT

Our featured artist this week is ppigeon. Pierre is one of caedes earliest members and hence has a large selection of excellent photographs in his gallery. If you haven't seen it yet then you're in for a treat! Congratulations Pierre and I hope everyone can make this a great week for him by leaving your comments, questions and suggestions on his images, profile or in this news item. Here is some personal information provided by ppigeon for all of us to enjoy.

Pierre: When I received Sam’s PM, my first thought was “Yeah!” But my second was “Ouch, I must write an English text for the presentation…!” People in the south of Belgium speak French, our northern neighbours speak Flemish (Dutch) and we stay just side by side with Germany. So at school we must learn, at first, the Dutch language, second English and third German. The result is that we can speak several languages but not very well…

I’m 50, married for 27 years with Françoise and we have three children (one girl of 25 and two boys of 23 and 21 years old). We stay in a beautiful valley. You can see some images of this valley in my gallery (type ‘Meuse’ in the search engine). My dad gave us the photo-virus while building us a darkroom with an enlarger. We passed many days developing our first photos on old American paper coming from WWII! After my studies, I bought a Canon AE1 and that was the real beginning. Some of my first pictures on the site where taken with it (A tree in winter, Beauty of Scotland, …). My second cam was a Nikon F70 + zoom Nikkor 28/200. Wonderful camera, but always argentic… (see Toward the Kilimanjaro or Waterlilies, …). Then I discovered the numeric with a Hewlett-Packard 715. I’m using now an excellent Minolta Dimage A2.

As you know, my wife and I are lucky enough to travel to many countries. Everywhere we went, we met nice and accessible people. Our visits to Peru and Namibia (especially to the Himba people) were some of the most beautiful moments in our life. I think we must give young people a chance to travel, to avoid too much nationalism.

I discovered the site in November 2002, looking after some wallpapers on the web. My first contacts with Caedes, Beowulf and Winternight… were immediately excellent. I also remember the first images uploaded by Darryl (Westwood lake) and the first comments like “Wow! Wonderful image!” :-D It’s very difficult for me to choose some artists on the site, but I must say that the images from Photoimagery really impress me. Since I’ve been addicted to, I've learned a lot of things and all people around me think that my photos have improved. This is the great interest of a site like this one. Thank you for your indulgence and thanks to Sam for this marvellous idea. This is for me a nice Xmas gift :-) Merry Christmas to every one!


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12/11/05 11:04 PM GMT
Congratulations.. A very well deserved honor.. You know I love your work and appreciate all the help you have been..
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One bead at a time
12/11/05 11:09 PM GMT
Congratualtions Pierre on a job well done :-)
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"Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps"
12/11/05 11:10 PM GMT
Congratulations Pierre.
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'Study the past, if you would divine the future.' - Confucius
12/11/05 11:37 PM GMT
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12/12/05 12:54 AM GMT
Congratulations Pierre, for a well deserved acknowledgement for a great photographer... I have many of your images in my desktop folder, even before I became a member on this site.. my friend tommy sent me images from here and the first image was your Paris by night, an image with all the beautiful lights reflecting.. then followed many more, from beautiful waterfalls to wonderful winter scenes, which was why i joined this site, your an inspiration to me and im sure to many others.. You have helped me with lots of things over the time i've been here, from helpful tips and suggestions to lending an ear when needed... you are one of a kind Pierre, a great photographer and friend... and i look forward to seeing many many many more of your wonderful work...
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"I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination" / Jimmy Dean
12/12/05 1:10 AM GMT
Congrats Pierre, your work is always great. Merry Christmas!
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Some scrap of integrity and certainty I guess. Check this out!
12/12/05 1:13 AM GMT
Congratulations, i love heaps of your photos, and you are a deserving artist for AOTW. well done!
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12/12/05 2:09 AM GMT
Congratulations, Pierre. Looking over your gallery, it's amazing how many of your photos I've downloaded into my wallpaper files. I love how your eye picks out the most extraordinary things, things that alot of people might pass by, and you make them incredibly beautiful. Of course, I'm referring to Snowland, a simple image of snow & shadows but so beautiful. And Perspectives, another image I have, & love. You really deserve this honor & I'm so pleased to see you receive it. Congratulations again, and Merry Christmas to you & your family !
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Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right.....Three Lefts Do ................. MY GALLERY
12/12/05 2:14 AM GMT
Hurray!...I've been looking forward to seeing you here, Pierre...first, good job on your English presentation here...reads good and very interesting background info...and a hearty congratulations...your photos have always greatly impressed me, your travels thrilling, and sharing with us allows us to see parts of the world we could only imagine...this week will be a good time to review your gallery and see what treasures I've missed...thank you for all your contributions to this site...Merry Christmas.:Pat.
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I used to be Snow White, but I drifted
12/12/05 2:43 AM GMT
Congratulations Pierre. Your work and your talent is truely worthy of this praise. Your images are stunning and I appreciate the support that you have give to my own images. Thank you my friend for allowing us to see your area of the world in those stunnng images. Enjoy your week in the spotlight. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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View the world with your mind's eye. Mr. Russ
12/12/05 2:54 AM GMT
English is your second language, photography is your first my friend. Any photos of those early years in the darkroom? I can imagine the excitement as you saw your first print come to life. Hope the excitement never ends Pierre. Toast of virtual fermented fruity beverage...congratulations.
Ps Thanks for teaching me to see color correctly:-)
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12/12/05 3:12 AM GMT
It's hard for me to keep coming up with something fresh to write on your beautiful images when mostly I just sit back and stare. You've taken us many breathtaking places with you and shown us new ways to see them as in 'skimming the desert' and 'namib desert 9'. The simplicity of 'third guess' which you never renamed. but the images I like best are the way you interpret the sculpture and art exhibitions you visit. There's a perspective caught that I don't think would come across live as well as the way you've photographed them. 'Homage to a sculptor' and 'cursed spectra' are both a part of my favorites.

by the way, you have a lovely back yard
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12/12/05 7:56 AM GMT
Congratulations Pierre, I am glad this time this honour was yours. Well deserved nomination. What can I say: your photos gave me lot of stimulation and inspiration to develop my skills. I am very grateful for this and for your supporting words on my images. I hope this will be very special week for you. But I hope you won't rest on your laurels. Therefore I would like to wish you new challenges in photography. I can't wait to visit your gallery.

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Here is my gallery "In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" Aristotle
12/12/05 12:15 AM GMT
Well deserved Pierre. Your images and partication on the site earned you this position of honour. I have always valued your comments on my work. It's rather like "if HE liked it, I should be encouraged to carry on.." And so you have been such an encouragement to many.

With 11 pages of images (!!) it would be difficult for me to select a favourite...suffice it to say your gallery is stunning and a great kindness that you share it with us all.

Congratulations Pierre.

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You're invited to tour my gallery ••• º¹º¹ºº¹¹º¹¹º¹ºººº¹¹º¹ºººº¹¹º¹ººº
12/12/05 1:24 PM GMT
Congratulations Pierre. Your gallery is one of the finest on the site but just as important is your knowledge and support of other artists. Your comments have helped me along the way since I have been active on the site. Thanks.
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12/12/05 1:58 PM GMT
Pats Pierre on the back and says “Congratulations Pierre you deserve this time in the limelight, your photos have always been an inspiration for me and you’ve always been a gentleman”.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them that’s important. Ruth Ross
12/12/05 2:11 PM GMT
Congratulations Pierre!!! Whoooo !!! Whoo!! You really deserve it.. :D - And thanx for your help in my french homework.... ;) I think you deserve this because you aren't just a photographer, you help people when they need help, and you try your best to help every artist in this site. I know I've learned a lot from your wonderful comments.

Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful family.

Ron.. :)
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-The true lens is the eye itself. -
12/12/05 3:14 PM GMT
gefeliciteerd Pierre , zeer verdiend ; je fotos zijn voor mij een echte bron van inspirtie.
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have a nice day and read more fantasy.
12/12/05 4:15 PM GMT
1000000000 Congratulations, well deserved. U have a great talent and each one of your images tells a story.....keeping up!!!!
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“Suspiros etereos se abrazan con un beso eterno” Enjoy My Gallery
12/12/05 5:07 PM GMT
Congratulations Pierre! your gallery is stunning, well deserved honour!
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"Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought." Albert Szent-Gyorgi
12/12/05 7:35 PM GMT
Well done Pierre!
Truly deserved for such a prominent member!
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" Your denial is beneath you, and thanks to the use of hallucinogenic drugs, I see through you." ALZCO
12/12/05 7:49 PM GMT
Congratulations Pierre! Nice to read some background info about you.
Have a great week!I love your work!
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If you can't find the words, you may as well shoot it...
12/12/05 9:58 PM GMT
Congratulations Pierre! I'm very happy to see you as AOTW and I really think you deserve this! (It was about time you got the honors. ;) ) You know I love your photographies in general and your friendliness and mature way to see things. :) I know I've not been commenting as much as I should on your work but I'm just a bit shy to comment if I have nothing new to offer that the 20 people before me haven't already said. ;)

You know how it can be. Time is limited and even if I try I can't make enough for me and my loved ones plus making all the comments I should. I'm even a bore when it comes to thank you for your many friendly words on my work. I'm in the habit of answering on the thread you left the comment in (when I have the time) and not saying thanks on your (or others) User Information page. Maybe I should change, but I find it so confusing to have a conversation in two places. ^_^

Having said that, I'll say something I believe I've said before some times but I'll repete it. It's thanks to your great photos that I stayed here on in the first place. Tracy (camerahound) had given me the link here during a conversation on another site and I came here out of curiosity, but it was you that made me want to stay. :) All the great photos I found from your trip to exotic countries I had never been able to visit myself and all the other beautiful images you had in your gallery had me hooked straight up. Your kind words to me in the beginning of my stay here, made me want to be a part of this place too and submit my work and share my points of views on others work and I've continued to do.

My son is still growing and my school-work takes a lot of time from me now, but I still come here everyday. I've always tried to follow the lead you made in being kind to others and encourage the growth of artists but I guess I'm not as good as you in those things. I, like you don't speak english natively but for me I end up in expressing myself with too many words since I'm afraid of getting misunderstood, but I always manage to say things the wrong way anyhow. ^_^

Thanks for being such a nice guy and for the time you put into this site. I'm proud to think of you as a friend even if I don't know you that well I guess. I hope you know I have full respect for everything you do and hope you will forgive my shortcomings on some matters here on caedes. ;)
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12/12/05 10:58 PM GMT
Congratulations on your well-deserved nomination. I have always been impressed by the excellent quality of your photographs and your tireless support of the site.
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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
12/13/05 6:05 AM GMT
"Pierre , zeer verdiend ; je fotos zijn voor mij een echte bron van inspirtie" my surprise I understood these words from Kristof...and I ditto them ! Your gallery is stunning and as Robert said: "You´ve always been a gentleman" with your kind, humouristic and encouraging comments. Enjoy this title during your Christmas holidays. Congratulations and a "God Jul !" from me, a thousand kilometres to the north.
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-- Arne --
12/13/05 8:09 AM GMT
Congratulatios and Merry Christmas Pierre.....and keep on giving us good works !

:-) :-) :-)
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Look around and catch it ; the Art is there !
12/13/05 8:29 AM GMT
Hello Pierre..may I add my heartfelt congratulations to you for your honor this week! You were the very first artist I reached out to and asked for help. I wasn't sure what I wanted, but you gladly accepted the blind challenge & here I still am :)
Thank you for letting us know more about you. Your language works well for me. I think you are quite fluent in English~
When I read that you were selected, my mind began thinking of some of your images that have stood out for me over time. I think the most elegant was ~Male Swan~. That was on my desktop for a very long time. It depicts grace and elegance and class to me. The one that always put a smile on my face is ~Air Shafts?~ I think that is what the title is called. They look like people. That one also resided as a desktop for many days with lot's of comments from people who were in my office! When I joined, JM told me that "Pierre is a really nice person". He wasn't lying!
Enjoy your week of honor and glory and fame. You are deserving of it. Hope the leg is all better now. Thanks for all you do to help the site. Happy Holidays :~)
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~ Mimi~
12/14/05 5:55 AM GMT
Congratulations Pierre. Since you were one of first artists I came into contact with when you still stand as the most well-established personality on the site. The quality and diversity of your gallery has always been and inspiration and a lesson to me.

When I traveled to Europe a couple of years ago and I was flying into Brussels, it was extremely cool to be able to write to someone I knew in Belgium (you) and ask about city transportation. I though to myself, "boy, am I well-connected or what?"

It is a joy to have your acquantance on this wonderful web community. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and I will keep you and yours in my prayers this Advent season. May God bless you now and always.

Best Regards! =)
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"If there were no God, there would be no atheists." -G.K. Chesterton
12/14/05 12:02 AM GMT
congratulations Pierre! Your pictures were the first that impressed me when I first joined Caedes and I can tell you it was a lasting impression! Your work is inspiring for newbies in photography like me! Congratulations again and Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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Is this burning an eternal flame ?
12/15/05 7:23 AM GMT
Hello my friend! Pierre..your snow scenes were the first thing I loved when I joined caedes. I sat at my computer and dazed into those photos..My most favorite photo(if thats possible) is An Alpine Village followed by Winters Coming and Virgin Landscape and oh that wonderful Playing with the Light...well, its an endless list. Your travels are something I could only dream of doing...When I saw the photo called heart went into that little girl. Such innocent beauty and you captured it tenderly. Well, I could go on and on...the desert photos were were the foods and flowers you showed...All I can say is that you are a very fortunate man to see these things and then to be able to reap the rewards not only of your own photos but the fact that others could see the world thru your eyes.
I am thankful you have come thru your tragic accident...and that you are once again able to enjoy natures gifts..Pierre, you are a very special person, you are helpful to us all, we learn from you, your kindness speaks thru your words, and even tho you think you cannot speak or write English good do wonderfully.
At one point I was going to leave caedes and you encouraged me to wait a bit longer and see how things would work out..and you were right..I stayed, and they began working out very well, and I have never regretted not leaving. I feel so at home here, and have made such wonderful friends..
I have also loved how many of your photos reminded me of my childhood in Germany and touched my heart with those.You know I love that photo you took of all the colourful very very pretty !!So many times I felt that I were with you, holding your hand, as you showed me the world !! I thank you Pierre, so very very much, for the many things you have added to my life..and by the way...The only thing missing is your teaching me to speak I can write romantic poetry!!...How could anyone resist a "Frenchman"...mmmhhhh YOU are definitely the cre'me de la cre'me my friend!!!!
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We are shaped and fashioned by what we love..............
12/15/05 2:26 PM GMT
Finally - Pierre comes into the AOTW panthaeon. You deserve this, my friend - not the pain of writing in another language, but the recognition of your peers. Your work and your comments encouraged me early in my (extremely brief) photographic career, and your artwork has given me many of theideas I have incorporated into my own work. Cheers, my friend!
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ж Regmar ж
12/15/05 7:40 PM GMT
Congrats Pierre,recognition well deserved.Have enjoyed your work and wisdom since joining the Caedes......Jim

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12/16/05 9:12 AM GMT
Well deserved recognition, Pierre! I always think of you as one of the most proficient photographers on this site.
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Never give up. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams
12/16/05 1:21 PM GMT
Nice to see you here Pierre. ;) Also happy to see you are out and about a bit more. Not only do I appreciate your photography (especially your people captures), but I ditto Klas' appreciation for you being such a kind addition to this site. Whenever I've needed anything and have chosen you to communicate with, you've given me respect, clear responses, and kind encouragement. That is invaluable to me and in my book, is the sign of true success, maturity, and a standard I feel matters more to this honor than solely being commended for superior photography. Enjoy your special week. ;)
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When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance... Leanne Womack
12/16/05 4:31 PM GMT
I've always enjoyed your work and your comments and I'm happy to see you with this honor - what took so long? ;-)

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Know your subject, focus attention, simplify.
12/17/05 4:21 AM GMT
I was wondering when Caedes would finally recognize your input. Not only are your contributions frequently anticipated, but your comments and support of new members are often unparalleled among other members. You are one of the members that truly make Caedes a fun and m agical place. Thank you for all of your support and congratulations on a well deserved honor!
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There is a reason they put an "off" button on these things, you know...
12/17/05 1:03 PM GMT
I also found in a similiar way.I had my first digital camera for a while but was only doing snapshots of people.As soon as I became a member you were the first person I contacted on a person level.I loved your images from the exotic locals you have visited on holiday and still do.Congrats on your honor in the spotlight which is well deserves my friend.I wish you could have brought back a few more from Costa Rica but I'm just glad your out treking about again.One thing I have come to know about you is that you are full of adventure and curiosity about the world and with your love of people and photography it won't be long till you and Francoise will be on the road again.
Peace&Respect Jojo
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Laying Easy Somewhere Shade Across My Mind
12/18/05 7:30 PM GMT
Hi Pierre, this status fits you well!! You rate among the greats on Caedes'!! Your photograhic skills and talents exceed those of many! It would seem to me, that you have traveled the world over and have brought it all back to us with dignity and with quality, and I thank you Pierre! I also, am sure that you have received this honor graciously, and as a gentleman! Congratulations! ( When National Geographic calls on you to produce for them, you have my vote, or have they? Smiling )! Sincerely, Marilyn
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12/19/05 3:30 AM GMT
Congratulations Pierre. The beauty of your images is legendary. It takes a very special eye to SEE and take them. I'm really impressed with the areas you have been able to visit and photograph. Some day I hope to visit some of distant lands you have been to. Thank you for your images as they give my imagination wings to explore.
I cannot think of anyone that deserves this honor more.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein
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12/19/05 3:19 PM GMT
Hi Pierrot!!!!
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12/19/05 9:35 PM GMT
Let me add my congratulations, too! You are a wonderful choice for AOTW. Merry Christmas, my friend.
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12/29/05 3:30 PM GMT

Your photography is an example to me so I can improve, and I appreciate your comments on my work. Congratulations, you're a superb photographer!
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12/31/05 4:29 PM GMT
Hello Joe, while I don't know you very well, I feel compelled to express my deep appreciation for the skills and talents you possess!! These attributes are demonstrated beautifully by the lovely images I reviewed this am and enjoyed immensely!! I am remembering one in particular, among many, is "Orange Bliss"! Hypothetically, if our competition was reduced to fall images only, I couldn't compete with yours on any level! Smiling! You have earned this honor, of that I am sure! "Peace and Respect" to you!! Sincerely, Marilyn
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12/31/05 4:41 PM GMT
I'll transmit to Joseph... ;-)
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01/04/06 4:59 PM GMT
Congratulations Pierre ! Your gallery is amazing! And I'm your big big big fan :)

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01/16/06 6:50 PM GMT
Piierre..."CONGRATULATIONS"...There is no doubt your work inspires others to get out and take pictures to share...Well deserved....All the best....Mick.
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