When I was shooting for a storytelling project I am conducting these days for the city of Amsterdam, my path crossed that of Sjuul. Sjuul is, besides an awesome guy, a personal trainer and movement/mobility/Capoeira specialist. We had a chat and decided to have an impromptu photo shoot which turned out quite well. Jules knows every bit about your body’s alignement but the title of this blog has an other meaning. When things are aligned and well, beautiful things can happen, even if they are not planned like the photo shoot with Sjuul.
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
What I have to offer
Well, there’s so much
I care and nurture and a
I got a pleasin’ disposition
And I don’t care about
Football or fishin’
And you know that I’m all full of love
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
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.
Jump rope with life instead of turning the rope and not jumping-Sonia Choquette.
‘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 ❤.
When I started this blog a few years back, I decided to call it ‘Pix And Thoughts’. The reason for this, is that I wanted to share my thoughts around the pictures I take with everybody who is interested in both my photography and my thoughts around the photographs. These thoughts are sometimes about the gear I used and more technical aspects, but often they are of a philosophical and spiritual nature. With doing that I show my audience a side of the personality and soul that I am.
When starting this blog, I have challenged myself to only use black and white pictures and to write it in English (I am Dutch). As not all pictures do well in black and white, this means I don’t alway have a right picture to use, so I just wait with writing a blog post until I have a picture to write something about. Having said that, this time I am inspired by a song but did not have the right picture at hand. Until now. The inspiration is from a song by Eric Johnson. Beside being an amazing guitarist and a humble and soft spoken man, he has written these meaningful lines:
Desert Rose that dances
In the heat of the sky
I must pattern my life around you
You can make the most
When the waters run dry
Look into the well
Deep inside you
Don’t fade away….
Over the years, I’ve come to meet enough people in my life faced with the many challenges that life can give you. Abusive partners, break ups, children neglected by their parents, chronic or even deadly diseases, mental issues and scars from their own childhood. Like everybody else I’ve got my fair share too.
The image of a desert rose is so striking because that is just what life is about. Standing tall and proud, knowing you are a wonderful being who is able to make your physical life and that from the people around you a beautiful experience.
There is a reason for you, being around us. Life loves you, don’t ever forget that.
Take me to the beach
Take along all of your dearest friends
Look across the sea and into infinity
Make fun and connect
Use all of you senses
is what we are.
I did a shoot recently of a band that covers The Beatles. An excellent band and the musicians are dear friends of mine. As I was hopping on and off the stage taking pictures, I also took a walk among the audience. I came across this mother swaying around her son. It was a lovely sight seeing them having fun and to see the boy totally surrendering to his mum. They say to cherish every moment of your child’s childhood and they are absolutely right. This little boy will be a grown man one day and not to be swayed around so easily like this any more 😉
You want to take a picture of me? Allright then…I’ll give you my ‘signature look’ 🙂
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:
What is your favourite ice-cream taste? ‘Chocolatecakeicecream!’ Don’t you just love the enthusiasm of kids? 😀