Great street photography makes ordinary things look extraordinary. It is the beauty of the small things that often are overlooked in every day life. It is there for everyone to see but only the photographer is able to catch the moment and create art. I live nearby the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, so visiting this great museum is something I regularly do. As the museum was packed with tourists the last time I paid the museum a visit, I decided to put my focus on the many visitors instead of the displayed art. Due to the fact that it was so crowded and everybody was taking pictures with their smartphones themselves, I was free to take some pictures of the visitors, something you actually hardly can do anymore these days because everybody is so hyper sensitive for having a picture taken without their strict permission. Looking through the crowd, I saw the three figures on the paintings looking at the three persons sitting in front of it and quickly took a picture. If this is an example of great street photography is for others to decide, but it made me chuckle nevertheless 🙂
I am fortunate to live just a couple of minutes away of the famous Van Gogh Museum. For a lot of tourists, this museum is a must-see when visiting Amsterdam. For a good reason; both the collection as the building are impressive. The only downside of this museum is that it is packed with visitors all-of-the-time.
I like strolling through the city at night and took this picture from outside the Van Gogh Museum. Although in monochrome, it resonates well with one of Van Gogh’s famous quotes:
I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.
-Vincent Van Gogh
I recently visited an exposition by Anri Sala in the GEM museum in The Hague. Sala is an Albian artist who has won the Vincent Award (named after Van Gogh and not me obviously….). His work of art contains video art combined with different performances of the Clash’s Should I stay or should I go and a drumkit that drums on its own. It did not particular got my attention, but this scene did. Although its was pitch dark, knowing my camera inside out I quickly grabbed it, set the aperture on the F2,0 and the shutter speed on 1/15 combined with a ISO of 320. By leaning against a wall and having a fairly steady grip, I managed to take this picture. I am quite content with it as it represents the atmosphere of the room perfectly.
This picture is taken at the Boymans Museum with the analog Yashica medium format camera. As you might know, composing with this twin reflex camera is quite demanding as the image in the viewfinder is mirrored. Add to this that I was standing in a public space with the danger of someone walking straight into the composition. I know, one the tricks street photographers use, is waiting for this very thing to happen. They expect someone to complete the picture they have in their head, but that was not the outcome I was pursuing. I was simply struck by the play of all the lines and light on the stairs and tried to capture that. As I have stated before on this site, this museum in Rotterdam is one of my favorites because of its stunning architecture and collection. You can see it in all of its glory in this video. It is narrated in Dutch, but the images speak for themselves! You can see the stairs at the 7:50 mark.
Living in the The Netherlands gives me the opportunity to visit the great city of The Hague and Scheveningen (the latter seemingly very hard to pronounce for non-native speakers of the Dutch language…). One of the gems of The Hague is the Municipal Museum Of The Hague. Designed by Berlage, with Piet Mondriaan one of the most renowned Dutch artists from the De Stijl movement. The art displayed in this museum is beautiful, mesmerizing and enchanting but the building itself is maybe even more stunning. I absolutely adore the design from De Stijl and this building has a lot to offer in this respect. You keep being fascinated by the lines and the use of materials, color and light. You literally walk inside a piece of art, so visiting this museum is double treat!