Shine it all on

Art, love, Music, People, Spiritual

I can shine it all on and still be amazed.

Tenderness
If I want it I pay
My true love
Well she threw it away

Mark E Everett-Eels

 

Shine it all on

 

 

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Flyin’ Vinny

Art, Music, People

When I got to play in my first band, the band members used to call me ‘Flying Vinny’ because I often close my eyes and drop my head backwards when playing a solo on the guitar. I like this nickname and see other guitarists doing just the same ūüôā

 

Co-creating

Art, People, Spiritual

If quantum physics resonates with you, you’ll like this post. Richard Gordon developed a method called Quantum Touch. This¬†exercise is¬†based around¬†imaging¬†a vortex of energy in the region of your heart. By concentrating on positive, nurturing thoughts, you can actually influence your surroundings in a positive, healing way. This can be your own body or the people around you or even the universe as everything is energy. This concept is also described by Bruce Lipton, a great scientist who combines his background and way of thinking as a stem-cell biologist with spiritual concepts wich cannot be explained with conventional science. His book Biology Of Belief has been a real eye opener for me.

As a photographer, I am fully aware of the  energy field in and around me and how it affects the photoshoot. I experienced a prime example this week as a I was doing a shoot with Joa. Both our energy was totally synchronised and that resulted in a great photo shoot with a lot of keepers.

 

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Vintage

architecture, Luck, People, Spiritual, Street

Everyday is an opportunity to have a blissful moment. An encounter with someone who sticks in your mind or is a start of something meaningful, being a witness of something beautiful or just having something ‘click’.

Last week I added a new lens to my camera gear. It’s the Voigtlander 35mm 1,4 MC lens. It’s a tiny almost pancake-like lens ¬†and has a classic, vintage lens and aperture blade design. It’s a match made in heaven with my now vintage Leica M8.

I often use the pont across the Amsterdam IJ, to sit across the water with a cup of coffee, a book and my thoughts. On the photo you can see the buildings on the left side of the futuristic Eye Theater which is on the right. That’s my place of stillness.

It was last week when I spotted this man, looking across the water as we waited on the pont to start the little trip to the other side of the water. I decided to grab my camera and take this shot.

Due to the ancient metering system of the M8 this shot was under exposed. Correcting in post production it brings out the wonderful ‘grain’ of the Kodak¬†CCD sensor.¬†Combined with the nice bokeh of the¬†lens, it produces a wonderful film-like look.

 

Aligned and well

Art, Luck, People, Spiritual, Street

When I was shooting for a storytelling project I am conducting these days for the city of Amsterdam, my path crossed that of Sjuul. Sjuul is, besides an awesome guy, a¬†personal trainer and movement/mobility/Capoeira specialist. We had a chat and decided to have an impromptu photo shoot which turned out quite well. Jules knows every bit about your body’s alignement but the title of this blog has an other meaning. When things are aligned and well, beautiful things can happen, even if they are not planned like the photo shoot with Sjuul.

 

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What I Have To Offer

love, Music, People

Although I am a huge fan of Mark E Everett and his band Eels, due to some personal little earthquakes last year I had a difficult time listening to his music that has often a melodramatic character. He is a master in expressing the struggle he has with romance and love:

What I Have To Offer

What I have to offer
Well, there’s a lot
Now I’m a modest man
But look at all I got
For all the wear and tear
I look OK
I got good manners
And I make good pay
And you know I’m all full of love
For you
What I have to offer
Well, there’s so much
I care and nurture and a
Tender touch
I got a pleasin’ disposition
And I don’t care about
Football or fishin’
And you know that I’m all full of love
For you
What I have to offer
Well, check it out
I’ve learned some things
And I know what it’s about 

I’m quite discerning and
I’m pretty smart
It takes an awful lot to
Win my heart

But you know that I’m so full of love
For you

 

So when this amazing artist recently visited The Netherlands, I hesitated for a moment to go but just for a brief moment. I took my beloved Leica M8 with me and being signed by Anton Corbijn it resulted in this photograph which reminds me of the Rattle and Hum period of U2.

Thanks Mark and Anton for your art and inspiration.

 

 

 


Sandro & Claude

love, Luck, People, Spiritual, Uncategorized

‘True love shines through one’s eye’

This sentence popped up in my mind when I thought about Sandro Miller and his wife Claude. I still cherish meeting the famous photographer Sandro Miller and Claude. As if meeting a photographer with such an immense talent was not already enough to have a profound impact on me, meeting him and his wife was a testament of how two people can be ment to share their lives with each other. Their eyes sparkle when they speak about each other and each other accomplishments.

As I was recently going through his feed on Facebook, I came across this quote that he wrote when they got married:

 

Meeting you was fate.

Becoming your friend was a choice.

Falling in love with you was beyond my control.

 

Well, that sums it all up, right?

I don’t know whether this comes from Sandro himself but that obviously does not matter. As you stay true to yourself, the people that resonate with your true being are destined to enter your life and will just do that. They help you to destruct what is no longer useful and to manifest what helps you along your path ‚̧.

Desert Rose

love, People, Spiritual

When I started this blog a few years back, I decided to call it ‘Pix And Thoughts’. The reason for this, is that I wanted to share my thoughts around the pictures I take with everybody who is interested in both my photography and my thoughts around the photographs. These thoughts are sometimes about the gear I used and more technical aspects, but often they are of a philosophical and spiritual nature. With doing that I show my audience a side of the personality and soul that ¬†I am.

When starting this blog, I have challenged myself to only use black and white pictures and to write it in English (I am Dutch). As not all pictures do well in black and white, this means I don’t alway have a right picture to use, so I just wait with writing a blog post until I have a picture to write something about. Having said that, this time I am inspired by a song but did not have the right picture at hand. Until now. The inspiration is from a song by Eric Johnson. Beside being an amazing guitarist and a humble and soft spoken man, he has written these meaningful lines:

Desert Rose

Desert Rose that dances
In the heat of the sky
I must pattern my life around you
You can make the most
When the waters run dry
Look into the well
Deep inside you

Don’t fade away….

Over the years, I’ve come to meet enough people in my life¬†faced with the many challenges that life can give you. Abusive partners, break ups, children neglected¬†by their parents, chronic or even deadly diseases, mental issues and scars from their own childhood. Like everybody else I’ve got my fair share too.

The image of a desert rose is so striking because that is just what life is about. Standing tall and proud, knowing you are a wonderful being who is able to make your physical life and that from the people around you a beautiful experience.

There is a reason for you, being around us. Life loves you, don’t ever forget that.