Reading a very inspiring post on Henri Cartier Bresson and his use of perspective and composition, I’ve come to realise more than I have ever done before that observation, timing and foremost patience is key to capture a picture that stands out from others you have taken. It has become a sort of worn out statement but it’s all about ‘the decisive moment’ (I recently came across a bumper sticker that states ‘I brake for decisive moments’ wich is quite funny though). Take this picture for example. Bicyclists and hikers were enjoying the weather and moving along the canal. I was intrigued by the pattern created by the trees aside the canal, the parallel lines of the canal itself and the moving people along the road so I decided to stop and take some pictures. Focusing on the other side of the canal I waited for an interesting composition to arise, which eventually did happen. The man in the front peeks at the other man on the other side of the canal. Both cycling and with their own direction in life.
Sometimes you come across some really odd one liners or statements boldly written on walls, abandoned buildings and so on. Cycling across the fields one day, this caravan caught my attention. It looked spooky and eery to me, with a phrase written on it that really fascinated me. It states ‘Tot er een feest zal zijn‘ which, roughly translated, means something like ‘Until there will be a (nother) party‘. It sounds quite cryptical and philosophical to me and it got me thinking what the intention of the author must have been, writing this on an abandoned caravan. How does this sentence tickle your imagination?
Waiting for the screening of the great documentary on Anton Corbijn in one of my favorite cinema’s, the Louis Hartlooper Complex in Utrecht, I enjoyed a cup of coffee and looked around the café which is part of the cinema. It really is a lovely place to be. Designed by Johannes Izak Planjer, it started as a police station and is now part of the national trust and being exploited as a cinema. It is jam-packed with gorgeous design details which brings you a visual feast without even having watched a motion picture.