Browsing through some analog medium format pictures today and found this one. Just recently I read about taking selfies being associated with narcissism and mental disorder. Being a) an avid photographer b) taking the hassle of analog and c) use the internet to fulfill my need for attention sums it all up then 😉
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.
I was thrilled to have my pictures published on one of the biggest photo blog sites: Steve Huff Photo (see this blog post). To have them published for a second time is just plain awesome! Funny fact is that I totally missed Steve’s notice for my pictures on his Facebook page so after I noticed an increase in likes, followers and traffic on this site and even got a message from a French photo gallery on my LightOnLight site, the idea that maybe Steve got my new submitted pictures published on his site got on my mind. This picture of two ships in the Scheveningen harbor is taken at the Scheveningen harbour with the Yashica Mat 124 G. Loaded with Porta 400 film and converted to black and white for this post. You can check the original here.
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!
Just a quick note here! I shoot with different camera’s; A Leica M8, Canon 50D and for analog camera’s a Minolta X-700, a Olympus Trip 35 and last but certainly not least (!) a Yashica Mat 124G which is a medium format twin reflex camera. The sheer joy of operating this camera, combined with the anticipation for the negatives and scans surely surpasses the joy of all of the other camera’s (yes and that includes the M8!). The quality of the pictures is not shabby either. This picture is taken with the lovely Kodak Portra 400 film, converted in Lightroom into black and white. Btw, you can check my analog pictures if you want to here.
Shooting with an old medium format film camera enables you to take pictures of children without being creepy. With a Yashica Mat 124 G, you have to look at the top instead of the back of the camera. Truly a whole other experience and very Zen-like. I caught these boys in one of the parks in Rome, totally emerged in their play with a smartphone.