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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Back to analog and monochrome

Once in a while I switch to shooting analog and I never regret it. The sheer joy of using a camera like the Olympus OM2-n and the results themselves, makes me want to switch to analog for good. Having said though, I don’t want to part with my Leica’s either….This picture was taken at the Katwijk beach. Shot with Porta 400 and converted to black and white in Lightroom. This particular roll of film has yielded quite some keepers. You can check them here (the last 22 pictures).
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Monochrome Mode

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.Still Life

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Con Brio!

My brother-in-law, that is to say the brother of my girlfriend, recently asked me to join me at going to a concert of the San Fransisco based band Con Brio in the famous Amsterdam Paradiso venue. I did not know the band but a quick Google search quickly did decide me to see this awesome band. The concert took place in the small hall, which holds I think 200 people at most. The small room created an intimate vibe but a challenging situation if you want to take photographs as well. I had to shoot at one position, with minimum light. Luckily, the band gave an exhilarating performance, matching Vintage Trouble (see this post) which resulted in a quite a bit ‘keepers’. I rarely post more than one picture, but this time I simply have to.
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Transcending love

Recently, I took my daughter for a walk through the Erasmus Park in Amsterdam. It was a lovely autumn day with beautiful light and colours. When your child grows older, self-consciousness grows too meaning that often your daughter or son does not want to be caught on camera that much any more. Luckily my daughter still has no issues with that and I think that is partly because she admires my skills of taking portraits of her but also the way I take pictures. Pictures that are worthwhile transcend something from the photographer to the person who is looking at it. This picture is a good example of that. I am full of love, admiration and awe for my daughter, and this picture is a reflection of that. Technically spoken one can say it is not in focus and the framing is (a bit) off. On the other hand the backlighting of her hair and the beautiful bokeh is great. I really like the atmosphere of the photograph. I added some grain and highlight colouring as well.
Transcending love

BIG

A short post this time. Shot wide open with the Summilux lens, just how it supposed to be 🙂BIG

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Greatness

Nature surpasses all concepts of greatness. The wonderful thing is that you can be awed by it in so many ways. As I live in Amsterdam now, all the places that are not occupied by concrete or cars are safe havens for the mind. I took this picture in the Westerpark, a park along a busy road. You can sense the different state of mind of people when they are surrounded by nature, even if it’s a park.Greatness

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The M8 still rocks the night

This will not be the last post in which I praise the Leica M8 I’m afraid. There is something about the files that keeps me grabbing the now 10 year old M8. I recently read an article  by Thorsten Overgaard where he confesses a return to his M9, letting the ‘better’ Typ M240 collecting dust. There is something about the CCD sensor that sets the M8 and M9 apart to all other camera’s, in my opinion that’s to say.There has been enough written about this (and fiercely discussed), so I won’t go into this any further :-). Having said that, one of the qualities the M8 is praised for, is its black and white conversion, which this picture is a fine example of (see my pictures here and more to follow in future posts). I shot this picture after visiting the Starbucks at the Rembrand Plein, Amsterdam. I noticed the man directing the traffic and took the shot at a high ISO (eeeek!). Although the bright yellow light he was holding in his hand did me grab my camera, in post production a black and white conversion yielded the best results.
The M8 still rocks the night

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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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