On the way up

This picture is taken at the Boymans Museum with the analog Yashica medium format camera.  As you might know, composing with this twin reflex camera is quite demanding as the image in the viewfinder is mirrored. Add to this that I was standing in a public space with the danger of someone walking straight into the composition. I know, one the tricks street photographers use, is waiting for this very thing to happen. They expect someone to complete the picture they have in their head, but that was not the outcome I was pursuing. I was simply struck by the play of all the lines and light on the stairs and tried to capture that. As I have stated before on this site, this museum in Rotterdam is one of my favorites because of its stunning architecture and collection. You can see it in all of its glory in this video. It is narrated in Dutch, but the images speak for themselves! You can see the stairs at the 7:50 mark.Vincent MvMK_Yashica (1 of 1)-2

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And that’s two!

I was thrilled to have my pictures published on one of the biggest photo blog sites: Steve Huff Photo (see this blog post). To have them published for a second time is just plain awesome! Funny fact is that I totally missed Steve’s notice for my pictures on his Facebook page so after I noticed an increase in likes, followers and traffic on this site and even  got a message from a French photo gallery on my LightOnLight site, the idea that maybe Steve got my new submitted pictures published on his site got on my mind. This picture of two ships in the Scheveningen harbor  is taken at the Scheveningen harbour with the Yashica Mat 124 G. Loaded with Porta 400 film and converted to black and white for this post. You can check the original hereTwo.

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Take that shot

His female companion patiently waiting for him to take that perfect shot, he gave me a friendly nod while he glanced at my camera. I often walk backwards when I’m taking pictures, so when I saw this composition arising, I quickly pressed the shutter.Scheveningen_Rolei Retro 80s_rd filter 123 (1 of 1)

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Double treat

 

 

Living in the The Netherlands gives me the opportunity to visit the great city of The Hague and Scheveningen (the latter seemingly very hard to pronounce for non-native speakers of the Dutch language…). One of the gems of The Hague is the Municipal Museum Of The Hague. Designed by Berlage, with Piet Mondriaan one of the most renowned Dutch artists from the De Stijl movement. The art displayed in this museum is beautiful, mesmerizing and enchanting but the building itself is maybe even more stunning. I absolutely adore the design from De Stijl and this building has a lot to offer in this respect. You keep being fascinated by the lines and the use of materials, color and light. You literally walk inside a piece of art, so visiting this museum is double treat! Yashica_Boymans

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I Love that Yashica!

Just a quick note here! I shoot with different camera’s; A Leica M8, Canon 50D and for analog camera’s a Minolta X-700, a Olympus Trip 35 and last but certainly not least (!) a Yashica Mat 124G which is a medium format twin reflex camera. The sheer joy of operating this camera, combined with the anticipation for the negatives and scans surely surpasses the joy of all of the other camera’s (yes and that includes the M8!). The quality of the pictures is not shabby either. This picture is taken with the lovely  Kodak Portra 400 film, converted in Lightroom into black and white. Btw, you can check my analog pictures if you want to here.

 

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The connection

Now that I published more than 30 posts, I begin to see a pattern in my choice for photographs and themes. Many of the posts have the theme ‘connection’. I’d guess this is the very thing that makes us human, something we all seek for and therefore it resonates with my photography as well. I took this picture in Chinatown in The Hague, at the Chinese New Year festival.
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Rhythm

I caught these boy’s running as I was taking a stroll on the boulevard of Scheveningen. This boulevard designed by Manuel de Solá Morales Rubió, is a great piece of architecture, see this other picture I took that evening. I like the  joyful rhythm of the running boys and the mood as well in this particular picture. I hope you do too.

 

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The innate wisdom of children

A photograph from a couple of years ago, again….Taken in England, don’t know where exactly to be honest. This is our little girl, deeply sunken in her thoughts. We were utterly surprised to find here sitting there in the middle of the church. Maybe she was just tired…maybe she was actually thinking or even in a meditative state. Nevertheless this image reminds me of something I believe in; that children have an innate wisdom we adults tend to forget we too have. Furthermore, adults can be inspired by their attitude towards life and each brand new day.

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Together separated

Scanning the many analog films I have, I found this one. This is my ex-wife and our (now teenage) daughter. Approximately 10 years ago, we were on holiday in The Netherlands. A few years later we decided to get divorced. A tough decision wich still can fill me with guild towards our daughter. Luckily, her mother and I have an excellent and respectful relationship so although separated as a couple, we are still together as a family.Kira (1 of 1)-107

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Father and Daughter

 

If you leap awake in the mirror of a bad dream
And for a fraction of a second, you can’t remember where you are
Just open your window and follow your memory upstream
To the meadow in the mountain where we counted every falling star

I believe the light that shines on you will shine on you forever
And though I can’t guarantee there’s nothing scary hiding under your bed
I’m gonna stand guard like a postcard of a golden retriever
And never leave ‘til I leave you with a sweet dream in your head

I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you’ll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you

Trust your intuition
It’s just like goin’ fishin’
You cast your line and hope you get a bite
But you don’t need to waste your time
Worryin’ about the marketplace
Try to help the human race
Struggling to survive its harshest night

I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you’ll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Who loved his daughter more than I love you

I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you’ll always know
As long as one and one is two
There could never be a father
Loved his daughter more than I love you

-Paul Simon

You're my everything

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