zaterdag 17 oktober 2015

travelwide arrived

agter two years of hard work from wanderlust, finally they arrived today: two bodies of the travelwide: the 90mm and the 65mm.
What can You expect when the bell rings?
The helicoil and the inside of the body are covered with selfadhesive felt. Unfortunately I sold the (near mint) lenses for both bodies...........














zaterdag 17 januari 2015

Flowers (Bloemen from Holland)

following my track in photography leads me to still life. To me it is really a "zen-style": not only the results, but may be even more: the process of making the photographs. Thinking on beforehand, working, reworking, searching for the result that was already in my head before starting to take the picture. These photographs are the first 4 of a series. It is difficult not to get tempted to  too much diversity due to the numerous possibilities in technical postprocessing. For instance: the roses could get a little extra glow and give them more character, but performing the same action on the tulips does them harm. In the end I decided to search for a postprocessing that does justice to the unique character that each flower has, without losing the uniformity of the series or the poetic message from it. I hope You enjoy watching them as much as I do making the pictures.





















vrijdag 5 december 2014

Lisboa impressions with a Hasselblad SWC

a visit in Lisboa Portugal and surroundings with my Hasselblad SWC. All pictures were made handheld without any kind of a viewfinder: composition and focussing was a guess. None of the images is cropped afterwards :-)












zaterdag 23 augustus 2014

Betterlight scanback

Recently I was able to purchase a used betterlight scanback. I always wanted to try these as, to my opinion (for what this is worth) the results with these backs come most closely to analogue photography. Installation and getting the workflow complete was a kind of adventure. Not millions of users here, but with the great communication and help of the designer of these backs, Mike Collette, everything works flawless on my old ibook G4 (saved from the hands of my children). The results are stunning: combining it with the current software a new world for creativity opens to me. The back is also very sensitive to infrared: great challenges to be found here!






zaterdag 12 juli 2014

3akers

verleden week een weekje Noord-Holland via de tall ship races in harlingen. Het was een last minute zoektocht naar een rustige en fijne logeerplek. Met een glimlach kwam ik de pipowagen van camping 3akers tegen in Woude. Dankzij de gastvrijheid van Yvonne werd het een heerlijke week vol van ontdekkingen. Zo veel historie bij elkaar in dit gebied. Heerlijk gegeten in de Rijp (Wapen van Munster: bedankt Bas!!!!). Foto's zeggen meer dan woorden: de hele serie: klik hier............fotoserie de Woude


zondag 27 oktober 2013

Lilithlove





The picture above was my first encounter with Lilithlove. I didn’t have the opportunity to look for further information but this photograph got a prominent place in my personal library of mental pictures. Why? Powerfull colours, only few elements in the picture with a powerfull composition raising instant questions: is this a parody about Hugh Hefner’s playboy? Without the context of more pictures I was only left with questions. Recently Lilith and I became facebookfriends and I got answers…..

Her pictures constantly excel by the use of only very limited number of elements  carefully composed around a central theme: inner, personal expression. Her use of colour attracts instant attention, whereas the content of the photographs invite You to stay longer by raising questions, sometimes crossing the line between astonishment and absurdity. The longer You look, the more You see. In the picture above: the tension between the bathing toys and the cigarette gives You the clue to interpreting the picture.

Many use themselves to tell their store. These stories differ widely. Cindy Sherman for instance: how different can one person be in different surroundings. Nan Goldin uses her environment to talk about her being a person within a specific environment. Lilithlove literally, but most of all: metaphorically speaking, strips herself to show the nudity of a personality. As a result of her photographic expression her vulnarability is her strenght. And what a strenght it is!

maandag 14 oktober 2013

mein liebes Deutschland (selfportrait)

some weeks ago my wife and I visited Dresden and surroundings. When I said to her: "this is typically German" (I am Dutch, she is German) she answered: "no, that is what it was used to be". My theme for a series was born...
The series comprises of photographs that depict my vision on the German way of life as I remember it from the sixties and seventies. There are still many sites where time seemed to be frozen..... This (almost) rigidity is also the feelings I carry with me from my youth in these days. Why Germany? I lived nearby, my family made trips to (West) Germany regularly. Germany with its Wirtschafswunder always was set as an example....



more photographs can be seen here: mein liebes Deutschland
all were shot with an old Hasselblad with Sonnar lens, both given to me.

zondag 19 mei 2013

fotofestival Naarden 2013 FFN Don't stay here-Dutch photography on the move

yesterday the 13th festival on Dutch photography started at Naarden: FFN 2013. It will stay untill 23th of june at the nice old towncentre of Naarden, not far from Amsterdam. This years theme: Dutch photography on the move. Dutch photographers show their personal view on other countries.

list of contributors: link to their website (if available) included in the name

Willem Wernsen
Wouter Stelwagen
Xiao Xiao Xu
Claire Felicie
Eddy van Wessel
Marieke van der Velden
Bas Losekoot
Bruce Gilden
Iwan Baan
Jan Banning
Janus van den Eijnden
Milette Raats
Vivian Keulards
Chantal Heijnen
Ferry Verheij
Henk Bothof
Martin Waalboer
Marcel Brons
Ad Nuis
Aleksander Willemse
André Kuipers
Bart Koetsier
Carla Kogelman
Dolph Kessler
Hellen van Meene
Jasper Groen
Jepke van Hengst
Marieke ten Wolde
Marrigje de Maar
Natalie Denkrova
Olivier van Breugel en Simone  Mudde
Robert Knoth
Annelie  Vandendael
Bara Lockefeer
David de Jong
Els Zweerink
Francisco Reina
Hüsne Afsar
Jak Beemsterboer
Jonathan Schlingemann
Katharina Pöhlmann
Liny Mutsaers
Maarten Boswijk
Marjolein Blom
Mascha Joustra
Monne Tuinhout
Petra Vaessen
Rik Vermeulen
Richard Koek
Sujata Majumdar

additional links:

about Fela Kuti: zombie: music form Fela Kuti and music and documentary on Fela Kuti
about Grand Hotel Beira: filmtrailer Lotte Stoop
about recent developments concerning the Suri population: Dietmar Temps weblog
about Harper: blurb preview book and background information by Bram Posthumus

zondag 28 april 2013

Hand Made

I was pleased being offered to give a small photo exhibition. Until: I discovered having lost my digital picture archive....which gave me the opportunity to start all over, not looking back.
To make optimal use of the time to prepare everything I decided to give a pictorial impression made in the street I live of some of the smaller companies where everything is hand made: coffee, jewelry, chocolate, woodwork. The exposition is a selection made from this slideshow.


slide show hand made

please respect copyright on all images in this set

maandag 3 december 2012

letting your dog out...

















see a set of 20 photographs and click here:     radio Kootwijk


imagine You are walking with your dog in the middle of an area of outstanding natural beauty at the Hoge Veluwe in the Netherlands, and You see this tall building, surrounded by sand and trees: how surrealistic can this be...

radio Kootwijk was build in the twenties of last century and is a monumental example of Dutch architecture

many thanks to Marian for showing me the entrance!

vrijdag 24 augustus 2012

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 – Plog Photo Blog

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943 – Plog Photo Blog

Stumbled upon: great collection of colorslides made during the great depression in the United States.
We all know the black and white series: this is new to me.

maandag 20 augustus 2012

Eddy van Wessel

recently I met Eddy van Wessel, a Dutch press photographer and purchased his Brooks Veriwide 100. After adapting a Cambo and Cambo Wide to a point and shoot 4x5 camera, this turned out too heavy. By accident I saw the Brooks Veriwide and am glad to be given the chance to use it. The super angulon 47mm in combination with the 6x10cm filmformat is fabulous. The light fall off towards the corners makes pictures looking like a filmset, giving them more depth. Eddy van Wessel took great pictures with this camera until fairly recently (not the one below!).



SEE: EDDY VAN WESSEL

Brooks Veriwide 100: recent pictures

woensdag 15 augustus 2012

August 31nd: guided tour in Foam: exhibition Alex Prager: Alex Prager is your tour leader!
Prager, an American photographer (born 1979), autodidact, won this years Foam international award for photographers up to 35 years old. Her work resembles scenes from a virtual world as in soap television: exaggerated, often hyperrealistic. Sadly, the guided tour is open to Foam members only, but be convinced that this is enough reason to become member for this year!

Compulsion by Alex Prager

donderdag 12 juli 2012


The international photofestival of Rencontres d’Arles 2012, opened last Monday, July 2nd.  Until September 23rd You can enjoy photography and be inspired by a large variation of styles and personal views in photography. This was my second opening week of this annual festival, this time with more time planned for evening sessions, interviews and discussions, which turned out to be a good decision. 

Tarascon, near Arles: menuet with van Gogh..........
There was the round table discussion of the leading persons in the Magnum press agency about their current status and future potential due to changing worlds by digital media. Where the agency had a major task in fast distribution of photographs worldwide of “hot” press photography during the analogue age, this has changed completely. The dialogue between art photography and press photgraphy has become more actual than ever in Magnum.


Magnum round (rectangular?) table discussion





Elliott Erwitt gave a presentation in a full crowded "Theatre Antique" late at night with an overview of his photographic achievements emphasising his (self)critical and humoristic nature. Many dogs passed the screen!


Elliott Erwitt



Elliott Erwitt in action late at night in the "Theatre Antique"



An interview with Jozef Koudelka gave very personal insight in this intriguing person, who chose a path in his life defined by his drive for liberty, freedom, and humanity. This interview couldn’t have been better situated than in the country of Liberté, Egalité et Fraternité. A large amount of the interview was about the new edition of his first book, gipsies. An overview on the production of the first edition and a retrospective on the prints are a main theme of the exhibitions of this year's Rencontres. His gipsy series is monumental in several ways: photographic, as a documentary series, sociological/ anthropological.



Jozef Koudelka
A busy week, a lot of new impressions,





little time for a break......


more for a photographic impression at rencontres d'Arles

feel free to use these pictures, as long as you mention this source: photoenthusiasm.blogspot.nl