I recently walked though the National Park De Hoge Veluwe and noticed some remains of which I thought were some bunkers. I got pulled towards it and sat for quite some time in complete stillness. The sun burned on my face and all sorts of sounds emerged from the woods. Later on, when I walked back to my car, I saw a plate on which the story of the remains is told. Helene Kröller-Müller and her husband were keen art collectors and had big plans creating a huge museum in the National Park but when the Great Depression kicked in, they were forced to suspend the build. What supposed to be a manifestation of their love for art, ended in building blocks scattered around. It is now part of the National Trust and the art collection in what is now the Kröller-Müller Museum (also called the ‘second home of Van Gogh’).
This place has an energy which truly resonates with my being….I can’t explain it, but I treasure the feeling nevertheless.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know by now that one of the greatest challenges with this blog is having enough material to have a regular and somewhat steady ‘production’. Being an amateur photographer with other occupations and responsibilities as well, I am simply not able to blog as much as I want to. At this moment there a few Portra 400 medium format rolls to be developed, but that will take a few weeks I am afraid. Until that moment, or other photo opportunities, I take the freedom to dig up an old picture taken with an Iphone 4S. I think I have used the Hipstamatic app, but I am not sure. I like the lines and contrast of the picture, I hope you like it too and will hold on to Pixandthoughts! 🙂
I truly love wet plate photography. Very labour intensive, but the results are amazing, stunning and magical. Having said that I don’t aspire to actually do wet plate photography myself. I requires patience, time and dedication I simply don’t have. So, the picture you see here is shot with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. The results are surely not on par with the real thing, but sometimes quite pleasing like this one. This piece of art ‘Squares with two circles’ is made by Barbara Hepworth in ’63-’64. The shape of this piece and the contrast of color and shapes inspired me to use the wet plate preset. If you are interested in real wet plate photography, make sure to check out the excellent work of this photographer.
After acquiring a Minolta X-700, a Yashica Mat 124G and a Olympus Trip 35 I ‘ve decided to no longer restrict myself by using only my Leica M8. These analog camera’s are able to produce some stunning pictures and as I’d like to update this blog more often, the trusty Leica has to put its ego aside ;-). I will still post only black and white pictures though. The tags used indicate which camera and film I’ve used. This time only it’s the iPhone…The first ‘analog entry’ will be one taken with the Minolta X-700.