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.
I have done a lot, a mean really a lot of portraits and reportages the last couple of months. A couple of photo’s are featured on this blog and my portfolio site. It gives me so much joy to make the photography dance with my subjects and my Leica. Having said that, after so many photo shoots I have reached the point being ‘in need’ for a break out from that. So, when I met somebody at an event and talked with him about the amazing building of Radio Kootwijk (see my former post), he suggested to visit Radio Kootwijk together. That was my call. I keep being mesmerised by this building (see the first picture below) and its surroundings. I simply love the design, the industrial design, which is both beautiful and practical, and the energy! 3 photo’s this time 🙂
Into the night
Beams of light and falling rain
Light that cast shadows
Lines that meet and move away
I take a last look before I move on
Feeling the weight of my camera
My hand holding it, caressing it
A feeling of just knowing
That what is, is just right.
Into the night we go.
I am fortunate to live just a couple of minutes away of the famous Van Gogh Museum. For a lot of tourists, this museum is a must-see when visiting Amsterdam. For a good reason; both the collection as the building are impressive. The only downside of this museum is that it is packed with visitors all-of-the-time.
I like strolling through the city at night and took this picture from outside the Van Gogh Museum. Although in monochrome, it resonates well with one of Van Gogh’s famous quotes:
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
-Vincent Van Gogh
I love the Rotterdam Central Station. As I was walking back from the Kunsthal where I had met the famous photographer Peter Lindbergh and had Anton Corbijn sitting right behind me, I saw this segment of the station bathing in the evening light. I had the image pictured in my mind instantly. I made sure to use the f8 aperture in order to have the best performance of the Summilux lens (not that this lens really needed this).This picture has gained quite some praise on my Instagram account, I hope you like it too.
I can really get annoyed by all the scooters in Amsterdam. I try not to (non-responding is a spiritual practice you know….) but boy they can get my nerves as they spit out so much pollution and noises. Foremost however, it’s the way they are driven; often in a reckless way. Having said that the Vespa is true design classic, just like the Leica M and iPod Classic are.This Vespa caught my attention as I walked out the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. I like the structure of the background and the great detail the Zeiss lens produces.
I like how lines can create something that resonates with the very thing that ignites your sense of beauty, especially if they are a result of functional design. Walking on the Museum Plein in Amsterdam after visiting the Stedelijk Museum, I passed one of the entrances to the underground car parking. The lines and lightning immediately caught my eye. These kind of pictures work best in monochrome, so I already had my eyes in ‘monochrome mode’ when I took this picture.
If a city can be a muse, than Berlin certainly is. It oozes with good and inspiring vibes and makes you want to visit one place after the other. I took this picture while I was strolling through Berlin with my girlfriend. I did not wait particularly for someone to pass by (a technique used often in street photography, see this post) but this person happened to walk into the frame of my rangefinder. I like the atmosphere, the lines and the silhouette-like figure of the man walking.
Moving to a new town have made me put photography almost on the bottom of my priority list. I have forced myself to take some time off though, supported by my wonderful girlfriend, and to go back to Berlin. One of the many amazing things about my girl is that she somehow lets me photograph while enjoying each other company. If you are a fellow photographer, you know how hard that can be! We had a truly unforgettable time in Berlin, which we visited for the second time within a year. This time I had taken the M9 with me. I have taken quite some pictures in Berlin so stayed tuned as there will be some more to come.