Hey come on
Let’s take a stroll at the beach.
To celebrate life
And to enjoy each other company.
Let’s wine and dine
Before another day of work
and obligations begins.
Shooting with an old medium format film camera enables you to take pictures of children without being creepy. With a Yashica Mat 124 G, you have to look at the top instead of the back of the camera. Truly a whole other experience and very Zen-like. I caught these boys in one of the parks in Rome, totally emerged in their play with a smartphone.
Whenever I visit a concert, my thoughts wander away from the scene….wishing I was at the stage instead of the artists I’ve come to listen and watch. These are people who are following their passion and use their talents to the fullest. The saying ‘want what you have and don’t want what you don’t have’ is oh so true, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting things which are apparently not on my path :-). Having said that, I do actually play in a band which is a great. Music let’s you connect with other people on a whole other level than with words. For me creating music with like-minded people really fills up a gap which is otherwise been neglected. It can be playing in a band other just with a singer, which I have done many times too. This picture is of the awesome band Oli Brown, taken at the Satriani concert in Tilburg. If you like gutsy blues rock, you definitely have to check them out!
I recently went to a concert of Joe Satriani. I am a music fanatic and a guitar player myself from my early teens on, and this genius is on my musical radar for more than 20 years now. Joe Satriani has the ability to mix unearthly virtuosity with beautiful musical landscapes, as I like to call his compositions. This week I came across the term synesthesia, a condition in which you see colors when listening to music and I have a similar experience with his music.His tunes are very melodic and hummable. I often tell people the story of my daughter, singing his tunes in the back of the car as she was only a toddler. The fan base of Satriani consists not only out of guitarists, but a wide variety people who are just as caught by his music like me. He seems to be a very nice, humble and fun loving guy too. In is fifties now, he does not show any signs of slowing down. As I have listened to his music for so long now, It feels like he has written the soundtrack of my life and continues to do so. This picture is taken while the professional photographers were allowed to take pictures with their ‘rifles’ (as I like to call their big DSLR’s). Luckily only for a couple of songs. I was able to take some good shots of Joe as I had the perfect spot, right in front of him! You can see a few examples in this set of my Flickr photo stream.
This boy had a sign which stated: I am saving for my own saxophone’. I thought: how great is that?’ .I grabbed my just acquired Trip 35, snapped this picture and give him a donation, naturally. I fascinates me time after time how kids develop talents and passions, which drive them to do things like this. A big applause to his parents as well, stimulating him to get on the street and to perform!
I started this blog inspired by the street photography I have seen in the last couple of years. I have expressed my mixed feelings about street photography in a former post, being potentially intrusive and non respectful to its subjects but also the fact that you see so much mediocre pictures on the web. Okay, that’s the grumpy old man inside me-I admit :-). I consider myself as someone with a very positive view on life and people so I should perceive the many so-so pictures as an expression of the passion I share with these people and appreciate that they at least practice the art of street photography….yeah let’s do that from now on! Let’s be super positive! Gives me a valid excuse for posting a street photography style photograph by yours truly
As I was waiting for the subway to Amsterdam Central Station, I noticed a father and his daughter performing jumps and taking pictures with their smart phone. I decided to position myself strategically and to prefocus so when the ‘decisive moment’ happened, I was ready to shoot. I had a nice chat in the subway about analog camera’s with the two afterwards. At one moment the father started to talk enthusiastically about his Canon SLR-which he confessed has not been used for a very long time-after which his teenage daughter started to roll her eyes and staring through the cabins window. When I made a remark to her about that and acknowledged her boredom, she smiled and nodded. Kids can be brutal honest and straight forward :-).
I recently visited the Kröller-Müller Museum. A must see if you visit the Netherlands, with the world’s second largest collection of Van Gogh’s and a beautiful garden full of art. Lying around in the garden of the museum and enjoying the sun, I saw a great scene enfolding. I grabbed my camera because I had to capture this moment. As their parents were relaxing just like me, three kids decided to have a little contest by running across the garden. Oh man, you have so much excess energy when you are a child! What hits me every time I see children play, is their abundance and ability to just have fun. Why do we lose that ability when we are growing up? On a rational level I can understand why…but how shall the world look if we act a little more like children? Click on the photo to enlarge, look at their faces and get inspired by our little teachers