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.
This building and area around Apeldoorn keeps me being fascinated. Unfortunately the owner of the building, although keeping it in good shape with several restoration projects, has decided to put some banners at the front of building. Hope they removed the banners when I am back at this magical place. Shot with the analog, medium format Yashica Mat 124G.
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 the way 🙂
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.