Saturday, December 22, 2012

How to make sense of Velazquez' Las Meninas

"How to make sense of Velazquez' Las Meninas", 
Black and white photographs by Susan Bondor, 2012

After reading the article of "How to make sense of Velazquez' Las Meninas" by S. Hall, I decided to make my own interpretation of it in my own environment. It's all about the gaze for me.

Conceptual Art: I will only make art.

I will only make art, 2012, Susan Bondor
After John Baldassari

I made this statement as a reminder that, I almost never make time to make art. 
I framed it and put it over my desk. 
I'm not sure if this would help me to focus more, but it's worth to try...

Friday, November 30, 2012

In Retrospect Series: Cover up, 2012

In Retrospect Series: Cover Up, 2012
Photograph by Susan Bondor

My husband and I have left Hungary in 1987 and lived in Lower Austria for a year waiting to immigrate to Canada. This image was taken by my father in law in 1987 when my inlaws visited us on the summer.

We had tons of free time there strolling the surrounding heels – a breathtaking scenery. An idea came to me of us photographed on the hills in our birthday suites standing under a tree.

We drove up to one of the mountain tops over Kirschlag. We got naked and my father in law took couple of shots – as my mother in law watched over. Couple of vehicles passed by honking their horns or slowing down to take a look. The "photoshoot" was over quickly.

In Easter Europe where nudity is cherished and exhibited in public sculptures all over Budapest. Having lived in North America for over 20 years and having a family changed our view about what culturally acceptable when it comes showing up your private bits.

This image represents our adaptation and cultural shift trying to fit into the norms of our new "culture" where we would not ever be fully fit in, incorporated, or be excepted.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Conceptual Art: The day I learned the truth about you

Underground Parking Series:
The day I learned the truth about you, 2012
B&W photograph by Susan Bondor

IQ tests: women score higher than man

Underground Parking Series:
IQ tests: women score higher than man, 2012
Black and white photograph by Susan Bondor

See more images of this series on Flicker.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Artist + Money = Exhibition

"Artisan Direct is looking for Artists who would like to become Members of the new Art Spaces that the Company is building. Please see Gallery Membership benefits attached. The Company believes that in order for an artist to be successful the artist has to financially contribute side by side with the Gallery. In the past, Galleries would bear the entire financial burden with the artist contributing their work for sale. The artist and gallery would typically split the cost of the future sale. That business model no longer works because the cost of properly promoting an artist has risen so high that most Galleries simply don’t have the financial resources to do a professional and adequate job of marketing its artists. That is why Artisan Direct has created a Gallery Membership program for each of its Galleries. We believe this is the most practical and effective way to really help an artist."

Artist + Money = Exhibition = Institutional Exceptance

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Recycle, 2012


Demolition in Surrey, 2012

Vinyl floor, 2012

Television set, 2012

Ripped red chair, 2012

Demolition is the tearing-down of buildings and other structures. Demolition contrasts with deconstruction, which involves taking a building apart while carefully preserving valuable elements for re-use.

For small buildings, such as houses, that are only two or three stories high, demolition is a rather simple process. The building is pulled down either manually or mechanically using large hydraulic equipment: elevated work platforms, cranes, excavators or bulldozers. Larger buildings may require the use of awrecking ball, a heavy weight on a cable that is swung by a crane into the side of the buildings. Wrecking balls are especially effective against masonry, but are less easily controlled and often less efficient than other methods. Newer methods may use rotational hydraulic shears and silenced rock-breakers attached to excavators to cut or break through wood, steel, and concrete. The use of shears is especially common when flame cutting would be dangerous.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Motel room close to San Francisco

Chair in motel room, 2012

Morning light in motel room, 2012
iPhone images by Susan Bondor

"A motor hotel, or motel for short (also known as motor inn, motor court, motor lodge, tourist lodge, cottage court, auto camps, tourist home, tourist cabins, auto cabins, cabin camps, cabin court, or auto court), is a hotel designed for motorists, and usually has a parking area for motor vehicles. Entering dictionaries after World War II, the word motel, coined in 1925 as a portmanteau of motor and hotel ormotorists' hotel, referred initially to a type of hotel consisting of a single building of connected rooms whose doors faced a parking lot and, in some circumstances, a common area; or a series of small cabins with common parking. Motels are often privately owned, though motel chains do exist.

As the provincial highways and the United States highway system began to develop in the 1920s, long-distance road journeys became more common, and the need for inexpensive, easily accessible overnight accommodation sited close to the main routes led to the growth of the motel concept. Motels peaked in popularity in the 1960s with rising car travel, only to decline in response to competition from the newer chain hotels which became commonplace at highway interchanges as traffic was bypassed onto newly constructed freeways."


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Laszlo Torok Photographer

Yesterday, I was cleaning my bookshelf and found this book by Laszlo Torok called "Modosulasok" published in the "AK fuzetek" series. The front page caught my attention and I loved the images inside. I did a search on him on the internet, but couldn't find his own personal website. Too bad he should have one.

Torok Laszlo Fotomuvesz if you are out there in cyberspace please contact me at: It would be great to talk to you. Thanks.

I hope that you don't mind, if I attach one of your great images here in my blog.

Find Laszlo Torok's biography here only if you know Hungarian. You can see more of his images there as well if you scroll down to the bottom of the page.

László Török - Family, 1972

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Funny Postcards by Paul Stranton

I have recently drove to Las Vegas and back and thanks to my daughter looking for souvenirs I have discovered the following funny postcards by Duck Boy Card Inc. These images were taken by Paul Stranton deliver funny concepts in black and white. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Self portrait

Self portrait front of store, 2011
B&W image by Susan Bondor

Ripped paper hole - Black and white photograph

Ripped paper hole, 2011

Street Photography: Homeless Recycle Collector

Homeless Recycle Collector, 2011

""Binners", or "dumpster divers", are the homeless and low-income men and women that roam the city hunting for empty beverage containers that can be traded in for a cash refund. Full-time binners often collect enough to make rent while part-timers bin when they need extra money for a warm meal or a pack of smokes."

Read the full article here: 

Amusement Park

PNE - Amusement Park, 2011

"Amusement parks and theme parks are terms for a group of entertainment attractions, rides, and other events in Amusement parks and theme parks are terms for a group of entertainment attractions, rides, and other events in a location for the enjoyment of large numbers of people. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or playground, usually providing attractions meant to cater specifically to certain age groups, as well as some that are aimed towards all ages. Theme parks, a specific type of amusement park, are usually much more intricately themed to a certain subject or group of subjects than normal amusement parks."

Paragraph by Wikipedia

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Light behind a column - Black and white photoraph

Light behind the column, 2012

"Column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is an structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below in, other word column is a compression member. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces. Other compression members are often termed "columns" because of the similar stress conditions. Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest. In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features. A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged with", that is to say form part of a wall."


Street Photography: Girls, 2012

Girls in, 2012
B&W image by Susan Bondor

"A mirror image is a reflected duplication of an object that appears identical but reversed. As an optical effect it results from reflection off of substances such as a mirror or water. It is also a concept in geometry and can be used as a conceptualization process for 3-D structures. In chemistry, a '"mirror image'" is a molecule having a spatial arrangement that corresponds to that of another molecule except that the right-to-left sense on one corresponds to the left-to-right sense on the other, the left handedness being known as "levo" or l-x and the righthandedness being known as "dextro" or d-x, where "x" is the referenced molecule."

Street Photograph: Blanket

Blanket, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Street Photograph: Alone at English Bay

Alone in English Bay, 2011

"English Bay is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, west of the downtown peninsula, which separates the bay from Burrard Inlet connecting to the northwest, and False Creek to the southeast. English Bay Beach, near the city's West End residential neighbourhood, is the most popular sunbathing, swimming, and sunset-watching beach in the downtown Vancouver area. Other downtown beaches facing English Bay include Sunset Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach. Along the south shore of the bay lie Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach, the Spanish Banks beaches, and Locarno Beach, while on the North Shore are Ambleside Beach and various smaller cove-beaches in the city of West Vancouver. English Bay beaches are all major tourist attraction to visitors all year long, with the peak season being late summer."

Street Photograph: Pan handlers

Beer fund, 2011

Pan handler, 2011

Pan handler, 2011

Street Photograph: Torched flyer, 2011

Torched flyer, 2011

"Arson is the crime of intentionally or maliciously lighting structures, wildland areas, cars or other property on fire. It may be distinguished from other causes such as spontaneous combustion and natural wildfires. Arson often involves fires deliberately set to the property of another or to one's own property as to collect insurance compensation."

Chaos, 2010

Chaos, 2010

Wrinkles, 2011

Wrinkle in the bedsheet, 2011

"Wrinkle is a fold, ridge or crease in the skin. Skin wrinkles typically appear as a result of aging processes such as glycation[citation needed], loss of body mass, or temporarily, as the result of prolonged immersion in water. Age wrinkling in the skin is promoted by habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and various other factors."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Skull rock, 2011

Skull Rock, 2011

This skull rock is located in Surrey, BC in a deserted lot.

Street Photography: Fallen hope, 2011

Fallen Hope, 2011

"Hope is the emotional state which promotes the belief in a positive outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Despair is the opposite of hope. Hope is the "feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or the act of "look[ing] forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence" or "feel[ing] that something desired may happen". Other definitions are "to cherish a desire with anticipation"; "to desire with expectation of obtainment"; or "to expect with confidence". In the English language the word can be used as either a noun or a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use."

Street Photography: Jar of discarded cooking oil front of rubbish

Jar of discarded cooking oil front of rubbish, 2011

Street Photography: Barbed wire, 2011

Barbed wire, 2011

"Barbed wire, also known as barb wire[1] (and sometimes bob-wire[2] or bobbed wire[3]), is a type of Barbed wire, also known as barb wire[1] (and sometimes bob-wire[2] or bobbed wire[3]), is a type of fencingwire constructed with sharp edges or points arranged at intervals along the strand(s). It is used to construct inexpensive fences and is used atop walls surrounding secured property. It is also a major feature of the fortifications in trench warfare (as a wire obstacle).

A person or animal trying to pass through or over barbed wire will suffer discomfort and possibly injury. Barbed wire fencing requires only fence posts, wire, and fixing devices such as staples. It is simple to construct and quick to erect, even by an unskilled person."

Street Photography: Alone in the city

Alone in the city, 2011

Street Photography: Lost your shirt

Lost your shirt, 2012

Idiom: Lose your shirt - If someone loses their shirt, they lose all their money through a bad investment, gambling, etc.

Street Photography: Sunbather

Sunbather, 2011
Photograph by Susan Bondor

sun·bathe (snb)
intr.v. sun·bathed, sun·bath·ing, sun·bathes
To expose the body to the sun.

sunbather - someone who basks in the sunshine in order to get a suntan
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"

Alone, 2012

Alone, 2012
Photograph by Susan Bondor

Conceptual Photography: Reincarnation

Reincarnation, 2012
For the memory of my mother in law.
Photograph by Susan Bondor

"Reincarnation is the religious or philosophical concept that the soul or spirit, after biological death, begins a new life in a new body that may be human, animal or spiritual depending on the moral quality of the previous life's actions."


The Actress, Dyptich, 2012

The Actress, Dyptich, 2012
Black and white photograph by Susan Bondor

After 1660, when women first appeared on stage, actor and actress were initially used interchangeably for female performers, but later, influenced by the French actrice,actress became the usual term. The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with ess added. The word actor refers to a person who acts regardless of gender, and this term "is increasingly preferred", while actress refers specifically to a female person who acts. Actress "remains in general use", although in a survey of a "wide cross-section of current British English", compiled in 2010, actor was almost twice as commonly found as actress. Within the profession, however, the re-adoption of the neutral term dates to the 1950s–60s, the post-war period when women's contribution to cultural life in general was being re-evaluated. Actress remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients.

Susan Bondor - Self Portrait, 2010-2011

Self Portrait, 2010-2011
Photograph by Susan Bondor

Friday, February 17, 2012

iPhone Photography: Fork in the road

Self portrait, 2012
Photograph by Susan Bondor

Fork in the road - A junction in which one road becomes two divergent roads or a point where a choice, one of two possibilities has to be taken.

Choice - One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.

Decision making – Can be regarded as the mental processes (cognitive process) resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternative scenarios. Every decision making process produces a final choice. The output can be an action or an opinion of choice. – Wikipedia

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Conflicting shadows

Conflicting shadows, 2011
Photograph by Susan Bondor

A shadow is an area where direct light from a light source cannot reach due to obstruction by an object. It occupies all of the space behind an opaque object with light in front of it. The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or reverse projection of the object blocking the light. – Wikipedia