Expressing your love for someone in a way that gives full meaning to what you actually feel on a soul level other than with your touch, is impossible.As I expressed in this post, be able to connect to your soul and someone else’s, enables you to experience life beyond the perceptions made by your mind’s ego.I follow guided soul meditations for some time now for that very reason, but recently got the insight that my love for children is the way my soul is expressing itself at its strongest.Every day I get moved by something I see in a child.The sheer innocence and the playful nature of a child really moves me.This can be a child of a stranger, a child of a loved one and of course my very own daughter.This picture I took from my daughter just a few days ago, is a picture she does not like that very much…but I do.I resonates strongly with what she means to me.One of my favourite guitarists Harry Sacksioni has the gift to transcend the love for his daughter into a truly moving piece of music.As he explains (in Dutch), before playing the song in this video, he composed the music when his daughter Jessa was barely out of the womb. Amazingly but actually not surprisingly, the character of the song totally matches the character of his daughter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just look at her eyes. Full of wonder. What does he want from me? What is that thing he is holding? I took this picture while volunteering at a charity event I was participating in (taking photographs that is). Look at that smooth bokeh of the wonderful Summilux lens *sigh* 🙂
I caught this little girl drawing at an art festival in Delft. Great to see a child being totally immersed in its creative process. The festival itself was situated in a former factory for glue and gelatin which was a great site to photograph, see the pictures in the set on my Flickr account.
Now that I published more than 30 posts, I begin to see a pattern in my choice for photographs and themes. Many of the posts have the theme ‘connection’. I’d guess this is the very thing that makes us human, something we all seek for and therefore it resonates with my photography as well. I took this picture in Chinatown in The Hague, at the Chinese New Year festival.
A photograph from a couple of years ago, again….Taken in England, don’t know where exactly to be honest. This is our little girl, deeply sunken in her thoughts. We were utterly surprised to find here sitting there in the middle of the church. Maybe she was just tired…maybe she was actually thinking or even in a meditative state. Nevertheless this image reminds me of something I believe in; that children have an innate wisdom we adults tend to forget we too have. Furthermore, adults can be inspired by their attitude towards life and each brand new day.
Scanning the many analog films I have, I found this one. This is my ex-wife and our (now teenage) daughter. Approximately 10 years ago, we were on holiday in The Netherlands. A few years later we decided to get divorced. A tough decision wich still can fill me with guild towards our daughter. Luckily, her mother and I have an excellent and respectful relationship so although separated as a couple, we are still together as a family.