I’ve been to Brussels lately (see my former post) and after we enjoyed the view we rushed into the elevator building a couple of feet away. As we were waiting for the rain to go away, I decided to look for photo opportunities. Looking down I saw this composition of lines and depth of field. The picture also works in color but as this is a site dedicated to my black and white photography, I leave you with this one :-)
Just before hiding for the rain for a hour, my daughter and I enjoyed the view at the Place Poelaert in Brussels. Right away she noticed this writing on the balcony, snapped it with her iPhone and edited it with VSCO cam in just a few seconds. I was stunned by her photographer’s eye and virtuosity….yup I am a very proud dad indeed! She generously let me recreate her composition with my Leica :-)
I caught this little girl drawing at an art festival in Delft. Great to see a child being totally immersed in its creative process. The festival itself was situated in a former factory for glue and gelatin which was a great site to photograph, see the pictures in the set on my Flickr account.
Even after several rolls of film, composing with the medium format Yashica remains to be quite a challenge. I am not completely satisfied with the framing on this one, but I love the tonality of the Portra 400 film (converted to black and white) and the rendering of the Yashica lens. Great to capture a classic car with a classic camera :-)
I was kind of hasty of developing my roll of 120 Kodak Porta 400 film so what to photograph….? I quickly caught this scene of my daughter with one of our cats. I took a seat next to them, placed the Yashica on the table and pressed the shutter. Although my daughter is not that content with the unintended grumpy look on her face, we both like the way ‘Pluis’ stares through the window :-)
Not a particular nice or esthetic picture this time, but it makes me chuckle. Strolling around in my beloved Utrecht, I suddenly saw this man sitting on the lap of his girlfriend/wife (?). The blunt look on his face (as if this posture was common practice for them) and the legs of the woman sticking out between his, made me grap my camera. I had to use the technique explained by Zack Arias (fast forward to the 1 minute mark), but as you can see-click to enlarge-the man just started to look agitated. I would have been annoyed too….
I consider myself as a practitioner of the Buddhist philosophy. A key element in Buddhism is the concept of non-self or Anatta, expressed in a funny way in this cartoon, in the sense of not identifying with your sense of self which is a cause of suffering. An insight of the Buddha which is not always that easy to digest or the follow but very meaningful nevertheless.
IJmuiden has faced some fierce bombardments during W.O. II. The Germans had built around 15 bunkers in the dunes to withstand the bombardments, after the Dutch resistance had been knocked done quite effortlessly. The bunkers have also withstand the decades of wear & tear and are accessible to the public. As a result of that, the bunkers are being played on by children and used as a canvas for graffiti artists. This gives birth to a great contrast between the gray, functional design of the bunkers and the playful nature of the children and the graffiti.
I truly love wet plate photography. Very labour intensive, but the results are amazing, stunning and magical. Having said that I don’t aspire to actually do wet plate photography myself. I requires patience, time and dedication I simply don’t have. So, the picture you see here is shot with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. The results are surely not on par with the real thing, but sometimes quite pleasing like this one. This piece of art ‘Squares with two circles’ is made by Barbara Hepworth in ’63-’64. The shape of this piece and the contrast of color and shapes inspired me to use the wet plate preset. If you are interested in real wet plate photography, make sure to check out the excellent work of this photographer.