I shot my first roll of Kodak TMax 3200 a few months ago. When I loaded my Mintolta X-700 with this iconic film, I noticed that the ASA setting of the Minolta only goes to 1600 ASA. I have never shot with a sensitive roll of film so a ‘pulled’ 1600 ASA film was still much more than the usual 160 or 400 ASA film. I got the scans back from the lab and at first I was shocked by the amount of grain, but I really like the texture of it. A texture a digital sensor can not create.
This is a picture a took quite a while ago. I decided to combine two things that I like to do very much; riding my bike and taking pictures. It is my Ducati at the beach you are looking at. The picture is taken with my very first camera, the Minolta X-700. A sweet little camera and a perfect combination of Japanese engineering and design. I have the intention to shoot more analog this year, but the X-700 shall have to compete with the Olympus OM2-n, the Trip 35 and the Yashica Mat 124G (along with my two digital Leica’s)…..
Not a particular interesting object this time, but I like the play of light and lines in this picture. Shot with the analog Minolta X-700 with Rollei Retro 400 analog film at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.
While I was enjoying a nice cup of coffee and cheesecake with my daughter at a lunch room in Amsterdam, something happened I just cannot suppress: I saw a composition I had to capture with my camera. I happened to be my Minolta X-700 loaded with the very contrasty Rollei Retro film. I captures the essence of being Dutch in the sense that the bike is still a very dominant way of transportation and the vibe at the lunch room. Luckily my daughter enjoys visiting Amsterdam as much as I do so more pictures taken in this awesome city to come 🙂
I keep photographing classic cars…the lines but also the signs of aging and decay attract me in a big way. This is a detail of a VW Beetle or Käfer like the Germans call this wonderful machine.
Come on you little fellow,
Let’s try to touch the sky.
Nothing is impossible in life
As long as you believe in yourself.
So get on your little toes,
Conquer your fears and know that
Life is full of possibilities and beauty.
As I was waiting for the subway to Amsterdam Central Station, I noticed a father and his daughter performing jumps and taking pictures with their smart phone. I decided to position myself strategically and to prefocus so when the ‘decisive moment’ happened, I was ready to shoot. I had a nice chat in the subway about analog camera’s with the two afterwards. At one moment the father started to talk enthusiastically about his Canon SLR-which he confessed has not been used for a very long time-after which his teenage daughter started to roll her eyes and staring through the cabins window. When I made a remark to her about that and acknowledged her boredom, she smiled and nodded. Kids can be brutal honest and straight forward :-).
In my professional life I am in sales rep. It took me a while to take pride in, because for quite some time I didn’t consider selling as a real trade like being a dentist, a baker or plasterer. Let alone a job in which you practice an art like music or painting. As years went by I’ve come to realize that ‘just being in sales’ is serious business and whatever you do with pride and integrity, can add something worthfull to your life and that of others. When selling is done in a wrong way, it sells you a dream which cannot be fulfilled,will let you feel unsatisfied and in case of someone’s personal life, unhappy.
This picture is taken at the Fibo fitness event in Cologne Germany and did me take back to my younger days as a ‘workout junkie’. I’ve been working out with weights for most of my adult life and I still love it. Being in my forties I still have the motivation to have an intense workout most of the days of the week. It keeps me fit and strong, things that diminish as you get older. Back in the day, glancing through the magazines, the pictures and stories of the (chemically enhanced) athletes inspired me to work out and to try new techniques, training regimes and…supplements like protein powder and weight gainers. You know on a conscious level that it’s all about proper nutrition, good sleep and just enjoying a fulfilling, happy life. On a subconscious level though, the message is: ‘use this product and get the body of the physique stars’. Seeing all these young and eager men in awe of this bodybuilder, next to HUGE tubs of weight gainers, I chuckled but it left me a bit disheartened inside too.