Although LinkedIn is a social network in which you engage with people by talking about business, sometimes your path crosses with someone special. When Emily and I found each other on this very network, we felt an instant connection. When we found out that we basically live in the same neighbourhood, we promptly decided to meet. She has already interviewed me for her podcast ‘PassiePraat’ (Passion Talk) about my photography-storytelling project in Amsterdam and she will in turn be featured in my project. We also have a photo shoot scheduled together with her boyfriend and son to which I very much look forward too.
Love is a central topic in her life as a mother and a copywriter as well, so when I looked at the expression in her eyes on this picture (shot with my Olympus OM2-n), it resulted in the following poem:
Love is what you are
Love is what you are,
Love is what I feel.
Once a bundle of consciousness,
Now a bundle of joy.
I have never felt this kind of love before
but you decided
to be my son
my true love
I shot my first roll of Kodak TMax 3200 a few months ago. When I loaded my Mintolta X-700 with this iconic film, I noticed that the ASA setting of the Minolta only goes to 1600 ASA. I have never shot with a sensitive roll of film so a ‘pulled’ 1600 ASA film was still much more than the usual 160 or 400 ASA film. I got the scans back from the lab and at first I was shocked by the amount of grain, but I really like the texture of it. A texture a digital sensor can not create.
Love of my life, on wheels that’s to say. My Citroën DSUPER. I took this picture in 1995 with the French licence plates still on it. The car had the exact same birthday as me, truly an amazing ‘coincidence’ as I had been dreaming about owning one my whole life….I had to sell it several years later, when we were looking to buy our first house and our daughter was just a little girl. Owning a car like this was no longer a sensible option. Actually, it has never been a sensible choice in the first place, but boy I am thankful for that my 24 year old-self decided to buy the DS! Luckily, it is still alive and kicking so it is been taking well care of.
Going against gravity
Using what seems to be opposite to you
To get better in what you already are
Knowing that someone who is caring
is watching you.
Shot at the Amsterdam Central Station with my Olympus OM2-n with Porta 400 film, converted to black and white.
This is a picture a took quite a while ago. I decided to combine two things that I like to do very much; riding my bike and taking pictures. It is my Ducati at the beach you are looking at. The picture is taken with my very first camera, the Minolta X-700. A sweet little camera and a perfect combination of Japanese engineering and design. I have the intention to shoot more analog this year, but the X-700 shall have to compete with the Olympus OM2-n, the Trip 35 and the Yashica Mat 124G (along with my two digital Leica’s)…..
Once in a while I switch to shooting analog and I never regret it. The sheer joy of using a camera like the Olympus OM2-n and the results themselves, makes me want to switch to analog for good. Having said though, I don’t want to part with my Leica’s either….This picture was taken at the Katwijk beach. Shot with Porta 400 and converted to black and white in Lightroom. This particular roll of film has yielded quite some keepers. You can check them here (the last 22 pictures).
Shooting analog actually reflects the state in which I am at my best: calm, at ease and observing the world around me. I have written multiple times (e.g. here, here and here) my love for shooting film, so I won’t go on that route again….but let me tell you; I am going to shoot with the Yashica tomorrow and boy I am looking forward to it. Please have a little patience, just a few weeks, for the results to come 😉
I am back after a little hiatus due to my vacation :-). I have enjoyed a holiday which had its ups and downs…enjoying the lovely island Ibiza with your daughter and being lucky being joined by your girlfriend and her daughter as they were visiting Ibiza as well, but also loosing you wallet along with your new iPhone 6 and suffering from heavy delays from our flights. I will spare you all the details and the hassle we had to go through, but it resulted in a very let’s say ‘dynamic’ holiday spend on Ibiza. I took this picture of my lovely daughter in our hotel room as she was putting up make up. A moment of retrospection on myself as the father of an up growing child and my daughter of turning into a beautiful woman. Shot with the awesome Olympus OM-2n paired with the 50 mm F. Zuiko lens and Kodak Portra 125, converted to black and white, with a touch of toning and vignetting.
Some scenes immediately translate into black and white pictures, like this one. I took it on my walk to the Scheveningen boulevard.
As soon as you are aware of your surroundings, you start to perceive things you would have not noticed otherwise. When I walked across the boulevard of Scheveningen, I noticed this pattern in the sand. I immediately imaged it in black and white, although I had a color negative film, Porta 400, loaded in the OM-2.