Ready before World Championships Soccer, Groningen, June 2014.
February 2014, Amsterdam, Leidseplein (Stadsschouwburg).
The moment I took this picture, I was trying out my iPhone settings with my Instant 110 app. Suddenly this girl appeared. I think I was hit by her mood and the fact she was walking arond, alone, Only after I had made the picture, I discovered the çlassic’ (modern?) camera around her neck. Maybe something I unconscious already had listed before. Hopes she had a good journey.
I met this guy and his rockband in the intercity between Amsterdam and Utrecht. I was impressed by the way the band took all there instruments and stuff by train: they were lugging themselves many large black boxes. The band – I don’t know the name – was on European tour.
The traces of an intensive existence were palpable and smelly in the coupé that was almost entirely filled with the band. At half past five in the afternoon, I suddenly was no more than a spectator in a-apart from the roady-riven in deep sleep, almost all of them black-clad rockers. A woman and four men.
I could not resist to take a picture with my iPhone and my favourite Instant 110 app and try to express a small bit of this all.
Pinhole photography (body cap with hole in it). Location: Bloksloot (between Joure and Sneek). Real colors, just slight or no moderation.
The Afsluitdijk. A 32km long dike connecting North-Holland and Friesland. Built in 1930 to close what is now the IJsselmeer from being flooded by the North Sea. The dike was built as part of a plan to reclaim land in the IJsselmeer; this land became the province of Flevoland.
The past ten years I travelled several times between Den Helder (North Holland) and my home town (in Friesland) and passed with my car the Afsluitdijk.
But I think paused on it only a few times in all those years.
So, my new Ricoh GR iii occasion camera was a good reason to do that at the end of June 2013. I decided to capture my impressions on all the motorway stops on it with the setting ‘cross processing’ on my Ricoh. Normally I do not like preset settings on cameras that much. But I think the presets – adjustments can be made manually – on this Ricoh are different. It was fun to work with it.
In the gallery it is. Passing the Afsluitdijk during my ride from West to East, from North Holland to Friesland. It was nice to find myself unexpectedly (at least earlier that morning) between a mix of travellers from the Netherlands and abroad, motorist, cyclist and even walkers at the stops nearby the motorway. Unexpectedly maybe more was my visit at camping club ‘Het Wad’ at the former work island Breezanddijk. The campsite, not open for regular travellers, is situated right nearby the motorway, a car stop, a work area and the side branch of the IJssel Lake. Surprised by the location of the campsite and the state of their homes, I got in touch with some occupants of the homes who told me about the camping club. Thanks for that. Depending on the weather people live there in the weekends and throughout the week from April until October. As one of the occupants told me: ‘we need less’.
I have decided not to edit the pictures in the gallery. It is as it was.
Thanks to my Ricoh, the Afsluitdijk, the water, and the occupants of camping club ‘Het Wad’.
gallery update follows
Travalgar Square, London, 2013.
Although I do not like to photograph street artists that much, I couldn’t stand this. Als because it seemed that only we and this man were there. Plus: this street artist disappeared as fast as he came, it took all about only 5 minutes.
Visit in september 2012 to the Noorderlicht International Photofestival. This years theme was ‘Terra Cognita’. Main location was Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen.
With a good friend a took bart to a bustour along six old small Frysian churches which served as exhibiton space. Each exhibition was worth a visit.
The top picture shows the own tribute from visitors to the exhibition in the field near small church of Haskerdijken for a project from Tineke Fischer. I met among others ‘Girl with Trowel’ and her mum (the two persons in the front), which was a great pleasure.
I was most impressed by the work of Heidi de Gier, with the exposition ‘ A Falling Horizon’ in the small church of Rottevalle. The church and this work are on the below picture.