Amidst the chaos

love, People, Spiritual

We all have the innate ability to be still and not be part of the whirlwind that is generated by all of our obligations, worries, needs, desires and fears. As long as we can take refuge to a place in which we can be still. Like this boy. In the midst of a busy street during nationwide festivities, he decided to drift off. In the comfort of knowing that with mummy everything is just fine, he simply let go.

How wonderful is that?

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Listening

People, Spiritual

I have a daily routine in which  I read a passage of Sonia Choquette’s book Grace, Guidance and Gifts. It’s a book you never finish and in that way is a companion on your life’s journey. There a some profound wisdom in it, for example about listening:

To listen to others is…

to learn from their experience

to draw from their gifts

to bask in their victories

to grieve with their losses

 

Listening is expanding your own life experience.

Listening

 

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.

Sabrina Starke_PixanThoughts1Sabrina Starke_PixanThoughts2

 

Co-creating

Art, People, Spiritual

If quantum physics resonates with you, you’ll like this post. Richard Gordon developed a method called Quantum Touch. This exercise is based around imaging a vortex of energy in the region of your heart. By concentrating on positive, nurturing thoughts, you can actually influence your surroundings in a positive, healing way. This can be your own body or the people around you or even the universe as everything is energy. This concept is also described by Bruce Lipton, a great scientist who combines his background and way of thinking as a stem-cell biologist with spiritual concepts wich cannot be explained with conventional science. His book Biology Of Belief has been a real eye opener for me.

As a photographer, I am fully aware of the energy field in and around me and how it affects the photoshoot. I experienced a prime example this week as I was doing a shoot with Joa. Both our energy were totally synchronised and that resulted in a great photo shoot with a lot of keepers.

 

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Vintage

architecture, Luck, People, Spiritual, Street

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.