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?
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.
Let the light of the universe strike you being
Revealing you true nature
Sensing the energy around you
You realise that
All along your life
your true self
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.
I caught these wonderful children lying flat on their belly. Their plan? Let’s find out what the doves will do if we make ourselves even smaller and keep quiet….
When was the last time you let you inner child take the decision?
If quantum physics resonates with you, you’ll like this post. Richard Gordon developed a method called Quantum Touch. This exercise is based around imaging a vortex of energy in the region of your heart. By concentrating on positive, nurturing thoughts, you can actually influence your surroundings in a positive, healing way. This can be your own body or the people around you or even the universe as everything is energy. This concept is also described by Bruce Lipton, a great scientist who combines his background and way of thinking as a stem-cell biologist with spiritual concepts wich cannot be explained with conventional science. His book Biology Of Belief has been a real eye opener for me.
As a photographer, I am fully aware of the energy field in and around me and how it affects the photoshoot. I experienced a prime example this week as I was doing a shoot with Joa. Both our energy were totally synchronised and that resulted in a great photo shoot with a lot of keepers.
Everyday is an opportunity to have a blissful moment. An encounter with someone who sticks in your mind or is a start of something meaningful, being a witness of something beautiful or just having something ‘click’.
Last week I added a new lens to my camera gear. It’s the Voigtlander 35mm 1,4 MC lens. It’s a tiny almost pancake-like lens and has a classic, vintage lens and aperture blade design. It’s a match made in heaven with my now vintage Leica M8.
I often use the pont across the Amsterdam IJ, to sit across the water with a cup of coffee, a book and my thoughts. On the photo you can see the buildings on the left side of the futuristic Eye Theater which is on the right. That’s my place of stillness.
It was last week when I spotted this man, looking across the water as we waited on the pont to start the little trip to the other side of the water. I decided to grab my camera and take this shot.
Due to the ancient metering system of the M8 this shot was under exposed. Correcting in post production it brings out the wonderful ‘grain’ of the Kodak CCD sensor. Combined with the nice bokeh of the lens, it produces a wonderful film-like look.
I recently did a shoot to document an event for a market research company.The event was at a well-known trade show, which attracts many customers. The research company has a proposition to its clients that they have real, authentic conversations with their customers, hence their company name ‘TrueTalk’. As panelists often feel intimidated being interviewed by a market researcher, they are inclined to give an answer which they (unconsciously) think they have to give. By creating an informal, kind of loose and freestyle atmosphere, they are able to have spontaneously conversations which were a real treat to capture with my camera. Anyways, one of the students supporting the event asked me if I could take head shots at a network event of his student association. I suggested to make a reportage of the event as well and that was gladly agreed on.
Fast forward to the networking event.
What I and the students have experienced that day, is the very thing that makes photography so beautiful and something that feeds the soul. We all had a glowing look on our face and that resulted in beautiful portraits. Thanks to the sunny day and the large windows in the university building, we had very nice lighting conditions.
I am slowly getting used to the more clean and less crisp files of the M10, compared to the files my beloved M8 and M9 produce. Shooting at ISO 3200 helped also with getting more texture, I think. Below are some examples:
Photography connects you with what is already connected.
I recently visited New York along with my daughter. A wish of ours finally fulfilled. It has been a fantastic experience, in many ways. I took this picture on top of the Rockefeller Center, at the observation deck. I like the composition and to be honest; I got the idea when looking downwards to a woman taking a (seemingly) similar picture with her smart phone. I rarely use the 21 mm Voigtlander lens (about 28mm on the M8), but it is just right for this kind of pictures.