As I was waiting for the subway to Amsterdam Central Station, I noticed a father and his daughter performing jumps and taking pictures with their smart phone. I decided to position myself strategically and to prefocus so when the ‘decisive moment’ happened, I was ready to shoot. I had a nice chat in the subway about analog camera’s with the two afterwards. At one moment the father started to talk enthusiastically about his Canon SLR-which he confessed has not been used for a very long time-after which his teenage daughter started to roll her eyes and staring through the cabins window. When I made a remark to her about that and acknowledged her boredom, she smiled and nodded. Kids can be brutal honest and straight forward :-).
I recently visited the Kröller-Müller Museum. A must see if you visit the Netherlands, with the world’s second largest collection of Van Gogh’s and a beautiful garden full of art. Lying around in the garden of the museum and enjoying the sun, I saw a great scene enfolding. I grabbed my camera because I had to capture this moment. As their parents were relaxing just like me, three kids decided to have a little contest by running across the garden. Oh man, you have so much excess energy when you are a child! What hits me every time I see children play, is their abundance and ability to just have fun. Why do we lose that ability when we are growing up? On a rational level I can understand why…but how shall the world look if we act a little more like children? Click on the photo to enlarge, look at their faces and get inspired by our little teachers 🙂
I am a big fan of both Tom Waits and the well renowned photographer (and fellow Dutchman) Anton Corbijn, so when Tom Waits announced the release of their collaborative book I got all excited. I got even more excited when I found out that Corbijn would have a book signing in Amsterdam! Now, meeting one of your hero’s is always something special (and yes can be a disappointment as well). After almost two hours of waiting I finally entered the room where Anton was signing and I was already all psyched out :-). A kick ass band was playing Tom Wait’s music as I was holding my just acquired book. Slowly I got closer and closer to Anton and I started to take some photographs of him. At home I figured that letting Anton sign my Leica as well would be a great idea…When I was just a few feet away from the table where he was signing, a friendly woman was scribbling the names of the people in the queue to make sure the signing would take place without too much interruption. She also stated that it was not allowed to chit-chat with Anton. Understandable but it made me even more nervous! Should I still asking for two autographs…? When it was my turn I thanked him for his great work and asked if he could signed my Leica as well. ,, Sure” he said, ,,do you have a pencil?” Surely I had a pencil! When I nervously searched for the pencil which I bought for this very reason, I stuttered something like:,, I am quite nervous you know, sorry!”. He gave a reassuring ‘oh well that okay!”. Although Corbijn is a very gentle and humble man, I was totally star struck! I was even trembling, quite embarrassing really. But most of all, it had been a great experience. Later I found that the gallery where Corbijn had the book signing, had taken some photographs of me as well 🙂
In my professional life I am in sales rep. It took me a while to take pride in, because for quite some time I didn’t consider selling as a real trade like being a dentist, a baker or plasterer. Let alone a job in which you practice an art like music or painting. As years went by I’ve come to realize that ‘just being in sales’ is serious business and whatever you do with pride and integrity, can add something worthfull to your life and that of others. When selling is done in a wrong way, it sells you a dream which cannot be fulfilled,will let you feel unsatisfied and in case of someone’s personal life, unhappy.
This picture is taken at the Fibo fitness event in Cologne Germany and did me take back to my younger days as a ‘workout junkie’. I’ve been working out with weights for most of my adult life and I still love it. Being in my forties I still have the motivation to have an intense workout most of the days of the week. It keeps me fit and strong, things that diminish as you get older. Back in the day, glancing through the magazines, the pictures and stories of the (chemically enhanced) athletes inspired me to work out and to try new techniques, training regimes and…supplements like protein powder and weight gainers. You know on a conscious level that it’s all about proper nutrition, good sleep and just enjoying a fulfilling, happy life. On a subconscious level though, the message is: ‘use this product and get the body of the physique stars’. Seeing all these young and eager men in awe of this bodybuilder, next to HUGE tubs of weight gainers, I chuckled but it left me a bit disheartened inside too.
After acquiring a Minolta X-700, a Yashica Mat 124G and a Olympus Trip 35 I ‘ve decided to no longer restrict myself by using only my Leica M8. These analog camera’s are able to produce some stunning pictures and as I’d like to update this blog more often, the trusty Leica has to put its ego aside ;-). I will still post only black and white pictures though. The tags used indicate which camera and film I’ve used. This time only it’s the iPhone…The first ‘analog entry’ will be one taken with the Minolta X-700.