Amidst the chaos

love, People, Spiritual

We all have the innate ability to be still and not be part of the whirlwind that is generated by all of our obligations, worries, needs, desires and fears. As long as we can take refuge to a place in which we can be still. Like this boy. In the midst of a busy street during nationwide festivities, he decided to drift off. In the comfort of knowing that with mummy everything is just fine, he simply let go.

How wonderful is that?

 

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Curve ball

Abstract, love, People, Spiritual, Uncategorized

As we walk on our path, we soon discover that the journey we call life is never a straight line from A to B. Life keeps throwing curve balls at you. Being happy for me means keeping your focus on the big picture. In that way, you’ll discover that everything that crosses your path is there for a reason, to help you grow. Sometimes that’s quite a challenge, I know. However, being still and be able to take a step back to look at what has happened, you’ll see that the twist is actually part of a line to your destination. Just like the lives of anybody else who is along your path.

Shot with the wonderful Leica M8 and Voigtlander 35mm lens.

 

Love is what you are

Analog, love, People, Spiritual

Although LinkedIn is a social network in which you engage with people by talking about business, sometimes your path crosses with someone special. When Emily and I found each other on this very network, we felt an instant connection. When we found out that we basically live in the same neighbourhood, we promptly decided to meet. She has already interviewed me for her podcast ‘PassiePraat’ (Passion Talk) about my photography-storytelling project in Amsterdam and she will in turn be featured in my project. We also have a photo shoot scheduled together with her boyfriend and son to which I very much look forward too.

Love is a central topic in her life as a mother and a copywriter as well, so when I looked at the expression in her eyes on this picture (shot with my Olympus OM2-n), it resulted in the following poem:

 

Love is what you are

 

Love is what you are,

Love is what I feel.

Once a bundle of consciousness,

Now a bundle of joy.

 

I have never felt this kind of love before

but you decided

to be my son

my true love

my everything.

 

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love, People

Our daughter (although divorced, I prefer to say ‘our’ instead of ‘my’) turns 20 this month. That makes her no longer a teenager which, on itself, is something I have to digest…as I come to think about it.

I strongly, besides being overwhelmed with love, recall realizing moving a generation up when I held her for the very first time.

If you have read other posts of mine, you know I have a sweet spot for children, for many reasons. Not in the least they are a joy to take photographs of. When friends of mine asked to take pictures of her being heavily pregnant, I did not hesitate to propose to take pictures of their child when it is born as well.

The love and care for their new-born child was beautiful and touching. It took me back to the time our daughter was that small as well.

By the way, did you count the little toes and fingers of your child too when it was born?

 

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One adorable little baby

Two eyes looking at me with wonder

Three human beings connected with another for ever

Four frowns, sneezes and smiles

Five fingers on your little hand

 

You make your parents

feel so much more

than what they already were

before you decided to join them in life.

 

 

 

 

Listening

People, Spiritual

I have a daily routine in which  I read a passage of Sonia Choquette’s book Grace, Guidance and Gifts. It’s a book you never finish and in that way is a companion on your life’s journey. There a some profound wisdom in it, for example about listening:

To listen to others is…

to learn from their experience

to draw from their gifts

to bask in their victories

to grieve with their losses

 

Listening is expanding your own life experience.

Listening

 

Grain

Analog, Art, Street

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.

 

 

Sabrina Starke

Art, love, Music, Spiritual

I have a weak spot for the Dutch singer Sabrina Starke. Not only because of her music, voice and presence, but also her look on life. I heard an interview with her a couple of years ago on the radio about the Buddhist teachings she has adopted. She came across as a lovely, warm and compassionate human being. She has just released a new album and is in the midst of a new tour to promote her album. I was at the first concert of the tour and shot these two pictures of her with my trusty Leica M8, paired with the classic Voigtlander 35 mm.

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