Category Archives: People

Threesome

Great street photography makes ordinary things look extraordinary. It is the beauty of the small things that often are overlooked in every day life. It is there for everyone to see but only the photographer is able to catch the moment and create art. I live nearby the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, so visiting this great museum is something I regularly do. As the museum was packed with tourists the last time I paid the museum a visit, I decided to put my focus on the many visitors instead of the displayed art. Due to the fact that it was so crowded and everybody was taking pictures with their smartphones themselves, I was free to take some pictures of the visitors, something you actually hardly can do anymore these days because everybody is so hyper sensitive for having a picture taken without their strict permission. Looking through the crowd, I saw the three figures on the paintings looking at the three persons sitting in front of it and quickly took a picture. If this is an example of great street photography is for others to decide, but it made me chuckle nevertheless 🙂

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Soul mate

You find yourself in a strange dynamic being a Leica shooter. One day you are being envied and seen as a snob who has spend too much money on a camera that lacks so many features other camera’s have, the other day you are being praised for your pictures you take with it. We live in an era in which the camera itself is a statement and fashion item too, beside being just a tool for creating art of capturing moments. For some people, owning a particular camera seems to be more important than actually shooting with it. I’d guess that’s all right too…whatever floats your boat. Instagram is flooded with ‘eye candy’; just pictures of Leica’s, but also other brands, instead of pictures taken with the camera. Being a substantial financial investment (hence the second hand option I took), it attracts both haters and lovers of the brand and for different reasons. I try not to identify too much with the gear I use, but having said that…..I actually do. I do but more in the sense that this type of camera make me feel they are my soul mates. Not to state something pompously, but the less is more approach of the Leica brand really resonates with me. They really are an extension of my eyes, heart and soul. Stripping the camera of all of the non-essentials enables me to focus (not pun intended) on the key points of my photography: seeing and capturing. I recently saw two Youtube video’s, in which both the M8 and M9 are being praised, despite being ‘old’ and ‘lacking’ or expensive. It prompted me to write this comment:

Hi Mattias, thanks for the effort you have put in this video and the one the M8. It strongly resonates with how I feel using my M8 and M9 (both second hand bought). In this age of ‘low light madness’ and the need for having a camera that does it all (including video), it is refreshing to hear somebody talk about these two camera’s and their specific qualities. What I like the most about using these kind of camera’s, besides obvious things like the IQ, handling, manual focusing and build quality, is ‘the less is more’ approach of Leica. The very reason I still shoot analog besides digital. This makes it not a camera for every one, but if it is it…..it surely becomes a soul mate of you and technical specs will soon be irrelevant :-). You can check out my pictures at http://vincentvankleef.wixsite.com/lightonlight . Cheers, Vincent

Till next time, thanks for reading this post. 🙂

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Little Wonder

As expressed in former posts like this one, I love children, actually I adore them. The cuteness of a baby, the wit of a toddler or the rebellious teenager….each fase in the development of a child is fascinating and worth photographing. So when we visited two friends who recently had a newborn, I made sure to take my camera with me. This little boy was sleeping most of the time, which he should be doing at just two weeks of age, and while my girlfriend was chatting away with the parents, I grabbed the M9 paired with the Summilux. Shot wide open and in monochrome, this combination perfectly shows us the little wonder of each new born baby. Sleeping and being cared of (and cuddled of course). Dream on little boy, dream on.

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Beauty and grace

Beauty and grace

her being so vibrant

her silhouette catching my eyes

the sound of her voice whirling through the room

warming and embracing my heart

 

To be with you

is to change ordinary things into something precious

is to celebrate life

 

With you.

Precious

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Soul Connection

This picture is inspired by a very intriguing book by Jonathan Parker, ‘The Soul Connection’, where he explains the interplay between the concepts of ego (small self), heart and soul (true self). The way Jonathan explains this very complex (at least in an intellectual sense) is truly exceptional in the sense that he is very grounded in the realm of the non physical universe. Being a therapist helps him to translate spiritual concepts to the everyday life everyone has to deal with. He teaches you to connect to your soul, your very being, to let go of ego (without being ego-less) and disidentify from the underlying patterns of the ego. In the midst of everyday turmoil of distractions, emotions, thought patterns and so forth, this is golden.

Soul Connection

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Let’s explore

Shot from the hip as they say. I can’t get enough of watching children exploring the world. As my daughter is growing up to be a wonderful adult, I keep being fascinated by small children. Besides the symmetry in the composition, I like the way the child moves its arms while walking down the path. The sheer wonder of a young human being exploring all that’s new, is a never-ending inspiration for me to keep grounded and have that beginners mind.I am with you

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Together Alone

Together Alone is a song by Dutch singer Anouk. A song in which she sings about her betraying her man. Heavy stuff alright and a strong title for describing the lack of fulfilling she apparently felt at that time. This title crossed my mind when I saw this man sitting on the park bench all on his own….except for the dove that seemingly is not intimidated by the man. The web is flooded with street photography showing people sitting on benches, I know, but the fact that the man sits on the very end of the bench en the dove just minding his own business I found quite funny. I hope you too. When showing my girlfriend this picture, she mentioned the white bird on the right, turning it’s back to the two. I like it when a photograph reveals these kind of details. Shot with my dear M8 paired with the lovely Zeiss ZM Biogon 28mm.Together Alone

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Let my camera do the talking

The gentle window light strikes your face,

highlighting your beautiful lines and femininity.

Revealing the boundless greatness of your soul and being,

your true love, compassion and wisdom.

Capturing your beauty and grace is something I truly can not do with words

so let my camera do the talking while I am left speechless and in awe.

Natural beaut and light

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Look at that #2

The Rembrandt Plein is one of the tourist hot spots of Amsterdam. Many tourists take pictures with the Rembrandt statues and enjoy the food and drinks that are widely available. My eye caught this little fella…..he was fascinated by the performance of a group of street artists and jumped several times ‘on stage’. A wonderful sight which just had to be captured. Look at that

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Look at that

Through my girlfriend’s professional network, I recently was asked to document a charity event. This event was held in a youth hostel where vintage clothes, books and all sort of used stuff were being collected and passed on to other people. There were also services being offered like hair dressing, learning guitar and massage. A wonderful initiative which not only helps people in need but also brings people together (hence the name ‘Blend’ Market). I saw this girl, emerged in looking at the picture she was holding. Her bright pink sweater and orange butterfly tiara made this an even lovelier scene. As I post only black and white pictures at this blog, you have to use your imagination here ;-). I noticed the man, probably her father, behind her but caught his admiring look only when I was processing the image.
Look at that

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