Nature surpasses all concepts of greatness. The wonderful thing is that you can be awed by it in so many ways. As I live in Amsterdam now, all the places that are not occupied by concrete or cars are safe havens for the mind. I took this picture in the Westerpark, a park along a busy road. You can sense the different state of mind of people when they are surrounded by nature, even if it’s a park.
This will not be the last post in which I praise the Leica M8 I’m afraid. There is something about the files that keeps me grabbing the now 10 year old M8. I recently read an article by Thorsten Overgaard where he confesses a return to his M9, letting the ‘better’ Typ M240 collecting dust. There is something about the CCD sensor that sets the M8 and M9 apart to all other camera’s, in my opinion that’s to say.There has been enough written about this (and fiercely discussed), so I won’t go into this any further🙂. Having said that, one of the qualities the M8 is praised for, is its black and white conversion, which this picture is a fine example of (see my pictures here and more to follow in future posts). I shot this picture after visiting the Starbucks at the Rembrand Plein, Amsterdam. I noticed the man directing the traffic and took the shot at a high ISO (eeeek!). Although the bright yellow light he was holding in his hand did me grab my camera, in post production a black and white conversion yielded the best results.
Shot from the hip as they say. I can’t get enough of watching children exploring the world. As my daughter is growing up to be a wonderful adult, I keep being fascinated by small children. Besides the symmetry in the composition, I like the way the child moves its arms while walking down the path. The sheer wonder of a young human being exploring all that’s new, is a never-ending inspiration for me to keep grounded and have that beginners mind.
Together Alone is a song by Dutch singer Anouk. A song in which she sings about her betraying her man. Heavy stuff alright and a strong title for describing the lack of fulfilling she apparently felt at that time. This title crossed my mind when I saw this man sitting on the park bench all on his own….except for the dove that seemingly is not intimidated by the man. The web is flooded with street photography showing people sitting on benches, I know, but the fact that the man sits on the very end of the bench en the dove just minding his own business I found quite funny. I hope you too. When showing my girlfriend this picture, she mentioned the white bird on the right, turning it’s back to the two. I like it when a photograph reveals these kind of details. Shot with my dear M8 paired with the lovely Zeiss ZM Biogon 28mm.
If a city can be a muse, than Berlin certainly is. It oozes with good and inspiring vibes and makes you want to visit one place after the other. I took this picture while I was strolling through Berlin with my girlfriend. I did not wait particularly for someone to pass by (a technique used often in street photography, see this post) but this person happened to walk into the frame of my rangefinder. I like the atmosphere, the lines and the silhouette-like figure of the man walking.
As I stated before in this blog, photography is sort of walking meditation for me. It calms me down and makes me more aware of my environment. I practice meditation at home too, but to be honest I enjoy this kind of calming down the mind more than just sitting down. It is something I cannot do in the companion of someone, let alone the fact that I am not in very communicative state when I am in this mode…..
The gentle window light strikes your face,
highlighting your beautiful lines and femininity.
Revealing the boundless greatness of your soul and being,
your true love, compassion and wisdom.
Capturing your beauty and grace is something I truly can not do with words
so let my camera do the talking while I am left speechless and in awe.
Moving to a new town have made me put photography almost on the bottom of my priority list. I have forced myself to take some time off though, supported by my wonderful girlfriend, and to go back to Berlin. One of the many amazing things about my girl is that she somehow lets me photograph while enjoying each other company. If you are a fellow photographer, you know how hard that can be! We had a truly unforgettable time in Berlin, which we visited for the second time within a year. This time I had taken the M9 with me. I have taken quite some pictures in Berlin so stayed tuned as there will be some more to come.
The Rembrandt Plein is one of the tourist hot spots of Amsterdam. Many tourists take pictures with the Rembrandt statues and enjoy the food and drinks that are widely available. My eye caught this little fella…..he was fascinated by the performance of a group of street artists and jumped several times ‘on stage’. A wonderful sight which just had to be captured.