Curve ball

Abstract, love, People, Spiritual, Uncategorized

As we walk on our path, we soon discover that the journey we call life is never a straight line from A to B. Life keeps throwing curve balls at you. Being happy for me means keeping your focus on the big picture. In that way, you’ll discover that everything that crosses your path is there for a reason, to help you grow. Sometimes that’s quite a challenge, I know. However, being still and be able to take a step back to look at what has happened, you’ll see that the twist is actually part of a line to your destination. Just like the lives of anybody else who is along your path.

Shot with the wonderful Leica M8 and Voigtlander 35mm lens.

 

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Love is what you are

Analog, love, People, Spiritual

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

my everything.

 

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Our daughter (although divorced, I prefer to say ‘our’ instead of ‘my’) turns 20 this month. That makes her no longer a teenager which, on itself, is something I have to digest…as I come to think about it.

I strongly, besides being overwhelmed with love, recall realizing moving a generation up when I held her for the very first time.

If you have read other posts of mine, you know I have a sweet spot for children, for many reasons. Not in the least they are a joy to take photographs of. When friends of mine asked to take pictures of her being heavily pregnant, I did not hesitate to propose to take pictures of their child when it is born as well.

The love and care for their new-born child was beautiful and touching. It took me back to the time our daughter was that small as well.

By the way, did you count the little toes and fingers of your child too when it was born?

 

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One adorable little baby

Two eyes looking at me with wonder

Three human beings connected with another for ever

Four frowns, sneezes and smiles

Five fingers on your little hand

 

You make your parents

feel so much more

than what they already were

before you decided to join them in life.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Starke

Art, love, Music, Spiritual

I have a weak spot for the Dutch singer Sabrina Starke. Not only because of her music, voice and presence, but also her look on life. I heard an interview with her a couple of years ago on the radio about the Buddhist teachings she has adopted. She came across as a lovely, warm and compassionate human being. She has just released a new album and is in the midst of a new tour to promote her album. I was at the first concert of the tour and shot these two pictures of her with my trusty Leica M8, paired with the classic Voigtlander 35 mm.

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What I Have To Offer

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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

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‘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 ❤.