Week 40 - Amsterdam

Week 40 - Amsterdam

A pretty uninspired week this time. So I just went out with my camera and went to the centre of Amsterdam, looking for compositions, lines and faces in the strangest places. I actually really like the triangular composition, looking for frames within the frame. That’s what I always like about street shooting with a long lens. Looking trough the view finder is where you’ll find these interesting compositions. But it is the exercise to spot these opportunities without looking trough the viewfinder.

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Week 38 - Amsterdam

Week 38 - Amsterdam

I went on another photo walk trough Amsterdam with a part of the Hassy Gang. I rocked my Hasselblad 500CM with 180mm on, so I could go for the street details. So here we are, a lot of street details, a double exposure of the Westertoren. And to top it off: a macro shot of funny looking flower. All shot on Kodak Tri-X 400.

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Week 36 - Jildou

Week 36 - Jildou

Jildou started her coaching career at about the time that I started working at an advertising agency. That time I was one of her first coachees. Finding out what I wanted to do, where my strengths and weaknesses were and altogether getting to know myself a lot better. If you are around Amsterdam and in need of some quality coaching? I surely recommend JIldou, check out her website: jildouoostenbrug.nl.

For some reason life has made us cross each others paths again. I had the opportunity to do a portrait session with her. I shot one roll of Fuji Neopan Acros 100 during this session. Below are the outtakes of photos I liked the most. 

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Week 35 - Brothers

Week 35 - Brothers

This week I got up all personal and close with my brothers. Four guys and twelve years apart in total. This was a very fun session to do! I took some portraits and I got really close, as inspired by the big head portraits of Martin Schoeller. My little brother took my picture! Afterwards we took out the old Super Nintendo controllers for a little game of Mega Man 2, Double Dragon and Final Fight, good times.

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Week 33 - Gaasperplas

Week 33 - Gaasperplas

One of those weeks were inspiration is in a bit of a dip. We went to a little bit of nature in Amsterdam called the Gaasperplas. I shot a roll there, but I notice at this time I'm really gravitating to the more abstract and movement related photography. I have to wrap my head around some ideas I've been playing with for the coming weeks. 

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Week 32 - Premiere Franchise Freedom

Week 32 - Premiere Franchise Freedom

I went to the European premiere of Studio Drift's drone performance called Franchise Freedom. This is a performance with 300 drones flying simultaneously to create an organic form in the pitch dark sky. Accompanied by music of Joep Beving (check him out), it was a very special happening that shows a lot of potential. I stood there with my Hasselblad with the thought in mind to make some abstract photos of this. This shows the story of a drone, a little light that could.

I'll be making some analog prints of some of these soon!

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Week 31 - Berlin Calling

Week 31 - Berlin Calling

Berlin was calling this week. We went and helped Manon move to this inspiring city. I brought the Hasselblad along to shoot some pictures there. We went to the Tempelhofer Park, an old airport of which the Berlin people thought: "Let's keep that around." There we saw the most beautiful moon rise, we actually caught a blood moon on black and white, you'll have to believe me. 

I also experimented with what is actually a washing mistake. When hard tap water dries on your negative, it creates these mineral deposits. So we have some of that as well for your what-the-hell-is-that-moment-of-the-day.  

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Week 29 - Martijn and Tessa

Week 29 - Martijn and Tessa

I'm really starting to like shooting portraits. This week I invited my friends Martijn and Tessa over for a shoot. I had the single portraits in mind again and this time I also wanted to try some 'couple photography'. I had this Maori greeting in mind where they touch each others foreheads. These photos really came out the way I hoped for! So have a little look at this weeks portraits.

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Week 28 - Berend

Week 28 - Berend

This week we had a visit of our friend Berend who lives in Canada. So that was the opportunity for another portrait shoot at home. I took some of the advice that was given me at heart and I placed my studio light a bit further away from the subject. I really like the results, this time with Fuji Neopan Acros 100 in HC-110b at 22 degrees. Yeah, it is a bit warm over here.

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Week 27 - Joseph Klibansky & Rotterdam

Week 27 - Joseph Klibansky & Rotterdam

Hi there! This week we have some Kodak Tri-x double roll action. Back to probably my most favourite film stock on the planet. For the first roll I went to the freshly dropped sculpture at the Museumplein in Amsterdam. This 'Self portrait of a dreamer' is made by the contemporary Dutch artist Joseph Klibansky. I challenged myself to try and shoot different takes on this sculpture. Personally I really like the double exposure (first time I tried that) and the exposure with movement. Curious to hear what you guys think!

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Week 26 - Ransdorp Again

Week 26 - Ransdorp Again

Half way there! This is week 26 of my 52 rolls project. I took my Hasselblad on a little walk to Ransdorp. Didn't feel very inspired to take pictures, but I took my camera anyway to the top of the Ransdorper tower. This has a few over the flat polders of the Netherlands. One of the shots came out with a nice white to black gradient in the sky. The other shot is of one of the windows in the tower, that casted a light on the walls. 

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Week 25 - Polder

Week 25 - Polder

This week we went to Monnickendam by bike. This takes you trough the wonderful polders at the North side of Amsterdam. I took some pictures whilst riding my bike. Composing and focussing is a challenge while keeping your balance. On the other hand, it is probably one of the most Dutch things you can do with a Hasselblad. One of the pictures with movement came out really well I think. The moved trees seem to form a group of fantasy creatures, with a little imagination. 

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Week 24 - Hassy Gang

Week 24 - Hassy Gang

This week I went out with a group of Hasselblad enthusiasts, the Hassy Gang. We had a little meet-up in Amsterdam where we exchanged our stories and did a photo walk around the area. We started at Roest and ended up at the Cruise Terminal where there were two cruise ships docked. I had a lot of fun with these guys! Definitely going to organize another meet-up in the future. 

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Week 23 - Lotte

Week 23 - Lotte

Yes, another milestone is reached! This is my first analog portrait shoot with my very own studio light. This week I've tested a few single light setups, from side light until butterfly lighting. I'm already a huge fan of what butterfly or paramount lighting can do on a woman's face. Very beautiful lighting from above the camera. I shot this session on Ilford Pan F 50, next time I'm going for an iso 100 film.

Our cat Banksy also decided that it was time for his moment of fame, he really went for it. 

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