Life is about play, love and connection.
I love the Rotterdam Central Station. As I was walking back from the Kunsthal where I had met the famous photographer Peter Lindbergh and had Anton Corbijn sitting right behind me, I saw this segment of the station bathing in the evening light. I had the image pictured in my mind instantly. I made sure to use the f8 aperture in order to have the best performance of the Summilux lens (not that this lens really needed this).This picture has gained quite some praise on my Instagram account, I hope you like it too.
The man pictured on this photograph is Ty Taylor of the band Vintage Trouble . They are supporting ACDC on their tour right now and visited Rotterdam on their own where they performed at the Metropolis Festival. I was totally blown away by their performance but managed to take some pictures though. They are not only excellent musicians but great performers as well, making them an awesome subject for my photography. They all expressed so much intensity that it transferred to the audience. I was jumping and moving around to get rid of all the excess energy I got from their presence and performance. Music is such a beautiful thing!
This very weekend I visited the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, along with my girlfriend, her sister and daughter. One of the acts was the famous crooner Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga. The venue was jam-packed as there were a lot of ‘little monsters’ as Lady Gaga likes to call her fans, but sure enough Tony has his fair share of fans as well. At 88 years (!) old he needs to use the autocue and does not manage to sing perfect pitched anymore, but he still got ‘it’ for sure. What strikes me most besides the seemingly odd combination with Lady Gaga and her impressive voice, is the joy Tony expresses and the fact that at his very advanced age he still is able to do what he does best: singing and entertaining the audience. Truly an inspiration and proof that age is just a number.
I’ve used the film simulation of DxO Filmpack for a while now with great results. Especially the Rollei Retro simulation can really add some magic to your pictures. What has bothered me though is that this is a plugin for Lightroom rather than a preset. That means that you have to let make Lightroom make a TIFF file, export it to DxO Filmpack, do your thing and let it import it back into Lightroom. Not only is it cumbersome workflow wise, but you are not able to save the changes you have made in DxO Filmpack. Having nice results with the VSCO app on my iPhone, the Lightroom presets seemed quite interesting for that matter. So, when VSCO introduced a free version I immediately went for a test drive. This is one of the first results, made with the Kodak TRI-X simulation, with a fairly amount of grain added. I like it.
Walking through Rotterdam and making regularly use of its subway system, I noticed this passage. It is has perfect symmetry. I like the play and complexity of the lines. You see a lot of very sharp photographs nowadays, but to my eyes not always in a nice way. The Summilux lens shows an amazing sharpness combined with a beautiful rendering which results in very pleasing pictures (at least in my opinion). The M9 takes some time to adjust to, but I am loving it already :-).
I like traveling by train. That’s to say, not during rush hour. I recently visited the Boymans Museum in Rotterdam and traveling by train to the centre of the city is the most convenient way to get to the Boymans Museum. As I was waiting for my train to leave the Central Station, I was looking through the dirty window of the compartment (kind of drifting away). My eyes caught this couple. She was taking the same train and had to say goodbye to her boyfriend. It was a wonderful, heartwarming but foremost a cinema-graphic scene. I took some pictures right away; one in colour and this one. This one is a bit more dramatic and therefore better in black and white. Click on the photo to enlarge.
This guy caused quite a stir some time ago. As you recognise the item he is holding you probably understand why ;-). Even in the Netherlands with it’s relative (and I mean this in many ways) liberal environment, many people were offended by this piece of art. The question if everything is granted as long as it is labelled as ‘art’, has been just one of the many questions that were raised. I’d guess discussion and fierce emotions are a few of the many things that art can create and what makes such a wonderful element in our lives.