The gift of photography

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I recently did a shoot to document an event for a market research company.The event was at a well-known trade show, which attracts many customers. The research company has a proposition to its clients that they have real, authentic conversations with their customers, hence their company name ‘TrueTalk’. As panelists often feel intimidated being interviewed by a market researcher, they are inclined to give an answer which they (unconsciously) think they have to give. By creating an informal, kind of loose and freestyle atmosphere, they are able to have spontaneously conversations which were a real treat to capture with my camera. Anyways, one of the students supporting the event asked me if I could take head shots at a network event of his student association. I suggested to make a reportage of the event as well and that was gladly agreed on.

Fast forward to the networking event.

What I and the students have experienced that day, is the very thing that makes photography so beautiful and something that feeds the soul. We all had a glowing look on our face and that resulted in beautiful portraits. Thanks to the sunny day and the large windows in the university building, we had very nice lighting conditions.
I am slowly getting used to the more clean and less crisp files of the M10, compared to the files my beloved M8 and M9 produce. Shooting at ISO 3200 helped also with getting more texture, I think. Below are some examples:
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These dogs are amazing

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I recently made a photo reportage for Hulphond Nederland, a charity which provides very special dogs for people in need. Think of disabled people, people who suffer from epilepsy, PTSS and all sort of trauma. It is amazing how these wonderful dogs can improve one’s quality of life. The field in which they operate, as a permanent companion or as intervention during a specific treatment, keeps on getting broader and broader. They plan to do scientific research on the effects of a hulphond (‘helping dog’), which will boost the amount of people who will benefit from a dog even more. You can donate to this charity here. Besides being impressed by the skills of these dogs, I was very moved by the connection I saw between the dogs and their owners.

 

 

Your highest power

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Your highest spiritual power is your ability to laugh. To laugh HARD, no holding back and not being afraid to be looked upon as a crazy person or to feel vulnerable. It not only releases you from tension and gets your body to make all sorts of good feeling hormones, it also nuances the ‘problem’ you are facing. They even have based a type of yoga on it. Go on and try it! 😀

Love of my life

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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.

 

Wonder

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When did you last just look at somebody with such a wonder and innocence like this boy? Just showing the other one your smile and your loving personality? We kind of lose that as we grow older. Magical things will happen though when we decide to do this very thing and to return the smile with a look of love and compassion back.

Up to a wonderful 2018!

Vincent

 


Giving

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I recently started a photography project in the Bos & Lommer district in Amsterdam, the city where I live. I offer my neighbours a free portrait session. As I moved to Amsterdam just a year ago, this gives me the opportunity to get to know my neighbours better and to hone my photography skills, especially portraits. The reactions have been great so far; people are genuinely grateful to have some nice pictures taken and furthermore, every foto shoot is a moment of connection between strangers too and that remains something really special. Take for example Vladimir with his dog Timo. Meeting Vladimir was wonderful and meeting Timo meant seeing a dog just happy to be alive. Dogs just give, that’s all they do. Timo leaving his footprint on my jeans did connect me with the following quote I read this morning:

Start today – give, give, give – time, energy, assistance, care, co-operation. On how many levels do you see the opportunity to give? It’s good to be a ‘just do it’ person. Even better to be a ‘just give it’ person. And the paradox will make itself known – when you give you will realise you already have everything you need.