Everything can be art

I recently visited the S.M.A.K. museum in Gent, Belgium. If you have plans to visit Gent, this museum is certainly worth checking out. As I was walking from exhibition room to exhibition room, I had my Yashica Medium Format in my hand. I noticed the lines of the white walls,  the floor and this chair. As I am familiar with conceptual art, I doubted for an instant whether this chair was part of a piece of art….. Anyway, I decided to open up the flip of the camera and take this shot. I like the chair by te way :-)SMAK Gent (1 of 1)

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Father and son

An analog, medium format TLR camera can be a great tool for street photography as Vivian Maier and many others have shown us. This picture is shot with the Yashica Mat 124 G  and Kodak Portra 400 converted to black and white. Walk in the park (1 of 1)

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I love you so much dear

Walking past the Kunsthal Museum when the dusk had already set in, I noticed this wonderful scene of a mother giving her son a hug and a kiss. Life’s most beautiful and precious things are often the smallest.I love you su much dear

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Old meets new

Armed with the Yashica medium format, I saw these boys being emerged in their play with a smart phone. I noticed that the younger boy had to stretch his body to see what the other boy was doing. The other boy, I’d guess his older brother, did not seem to matter in the slightest way that his younger brother had to do go to such great pains and kept on being busy with his phone. This sight and the composition prompted me to take the camera out of my bag and snap this picture.Old meets new

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Synchronicity

Synchronicity is an interesting concept in the sense that is ‘the occurrence of two or more events that appear to be meaningfully related but not casually connected’. I am sure you have experienced this phenomena yourself. The beauty of it contains also the problem with it and that it has a subjective nature, hence the criticism this concept gets. I find it fascinating anyway and it prompted me to post this picture. I took  it at the Rockefeller Centre in New York. The two gentlemen seemed completely in sync, hardly exchange words with each other.

 

Synchronicity

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Winter-ouch!

The winter in the Netherlands has been very mild so far. So when we did experienced a little snow, many got out to enjoy the lovely weather it was accompanied by. In my case, I jumped on my bike to take some pictures. As I cycled along the meadows, I noticed the lines of the ditches disappearing into the distance so I decided to move my bicycle nearer to the meadow. After I had managed to get back on my feet, I realized that particular part of the street was quite slippery….Oh well, I managed to take this picture so why complain eh?
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Checking

Recently I came across an article in which was stated that on average, smartphones are being checked 150 times a day. I think that is a very plausible estimate. FOMO and the use of your smartphones for your work or study makes that you grab your device many times in an unconsciousness way. I took this picture of my daughter while I sat across her at the dinner table. My camera happened to lay beside me on one of the chairs. Just in front of her you see the mug she gave me for my birthday :-)Kira iPhone_Rollei Retro 80S_post highlights -47_shadows 58 (1 of 1)

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Walking beauty

Crossing the street in New York, I saw this woman waiting for a taxi. In a glimpse of a second I was able to grab my camera and take this picture. Converting the picture to black and white, I once again got the confirmation what a great camera for black and white photography the Leica M8 is! Others agree, see here  :-)

 

Walking beauty

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Hold on

 

 

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know by now that one of the greatest challenges with this blog is having enough material to have a regular and somewhat steady ‘production’. Being an amateur photographer with other occupations and responsibilities as well, I am simply not able to blog as much as I want to. At this moment there a few Portra 400 medium format rolls to be developed, but that will take a few weeks I am afraid. Until that moment, or other photo opportunities, I take the freedom to dig up an old picture taken with an Iphone 4S. I think I have used the Hipstamatic app, but I am not sure. I like the lines and contrast of the picture, I hope you like it too and will hold on to Pixandthoughts! :-)PixAndThoughts

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A mesmerizing, magical album that never stops amazing me; Songs for Drella by Lou Reed and John Cale. A loving, honest tribute to the great Andy Warhol. Lou Reed was a very gifted musician but foremost a very gifted poet. Check this album out and be amazed.

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I think images are worth repeating
Images repeated from a painting
Images taken from a painting
From a photo worth re-seeing

I love images worth repeating
Project them upon the ceiling
Multiply them with silk screening
See them with a different feeling

Images, those images
Images, those image

-Lou Reed

 

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