durven dolen

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Scherper kijken betekent voor mij als fotograaf ook ‘durven dolen’: zwerven rond een onderwerp, voelen wat er gaande is en dan pas stil blijven staan en vastleggen. Tijdens Glow 2011 gaf United Visual Artist met het project ‘Volume’ hier voor mij een perfect voorbeeld van. Met dank aan Bijl PR voor de uitnodiging!

Tevens: Durven Dolen, met dank aan Photofacts.

flowers

Picture taken in June 2018 in the home of my parents in weeks in that were intense and moving for us all.

There were many flowers in the house, just like today.
I did not put these flowers down like this. This was how it was.
I placed the dining room chair in such a way that the light fell through the flowers but at the same time the black background was retained.
The flowers meant a lot to me, as if they where my mom and dad, supporting each other.

Picture taken with iPhone 4s and app Cameramatic by Mudaimemo, the same developer of the app Instant110.
Unfortunately both apps are not available anymore in the iTunes store and weren’t upgraded from iPhone 5. You are lucky if you picked up it at the time.

Royal Polo at the Palace

Apeldoorn, Paleis Het Loo, August 2018

 

stone setting work on a long dike

August 2016, between Lemmer and Urk

A 25 kilometers long dike to former island Urk
In august 2016 I cycled from Joure to Urk. This route passes a 25 kilometers long dike between Lemmer and the former Zuiderzee island Urk.
It is a unique dike because of its history, length and 25 kilometers uninterrupted long view from the dike to the IJsselmeer. No motorcyclist are allowed on the dike.
The dike was constructed in 1939 from the mainland Lemmer to the island Urk, just as the Afsluitdijk project was changing the salt water Zuiderzee surrounding Urk to the less saline IJsselmeer. A couple of years later, in 1942, the seabed areas surrounding Urk were reclaimed from the sea and became the Noordoostpolder.
The view from the dike is towards the IJsselmeer. But there are some ‘fly-overs’ in the dike, of which one can see the wideness of the Noordoostpolder.

History was felt
It was my first time passing this dike and I was impressed by its length, the views from the dike to the IJsselmeer, the rest, the rows of windmills in land and see, the many sheep and birds and the views over the reclaimed land on the backside of the dike. I felt history also.

History was even more felt, when came across a stone setting worker on my way up to Urk. He took my attention because of his ongoing and calm hand work in combination with these large basalt stones. It made me think of the construction of the Afsluitdijk in the thirties of the last century. I told him so.

One of 27 stone setting workers in the Netherlands left
During our combined lunch the nice man told me the construction and maintenance dike work nowadays is indeed the same as the work in those days. ‘I am one of them left of the 27 stone setting workers left in the Netherlands. I am glad too. It is work which cannot be done with machine work. We do get assistance from dike workers, but the real stone setting work has to be done by hand. People has tried with machines, but it did not work out. To be honest, I am glad with this, it means work to me, work I like. The work can be hard, but most important is gaining skills on it.
The man explained also he and his colleague work from Monday till Tuesday on this project. On Friday, they travel home to their families in the province Zeeland. On Monday they return to their host families in Lemmer.



Thanks to Harry Neels, Yrseke, also for sending me a couple of days later a copy of his course book from 1992 for education to stone setting worker.
The front of the book shows the picture of the sculpture called ‘steenzetter’ (stone setting worker), made by artist Ineke van Dijk for the Afsluitdijk and unveiled in 1982 by former queen Beatrix.
Nowadays, people can still be trained to become a stone setting worker.

 

 

project small dogs

Whether it is I don’t know, but somehow it seems like more and more small dogs with their owners appear on the street. My not very thoughtful thought was that these small dogs would be treated as princesses and princes would be handled, in an environment full of chocolates and warm house rooms are. Good company usually, though. Very soon I appeared to have wrong. The stories behind the dogs and owners turn out so far much different from I had previously thought. Many beautiful stories as well. What turned out to be: thereby I forgot sometimes to take a picture of the small dog and the owner as I envisioned. Or I had the photo but I forgot the question that still come to the end lap. So, work to be done.

ice cream

As if the Mirnse Klif (Gaasterland, Friesland, the Netherlands) suddenly became Barcelona today. Temperatures of 25 degrees, the Rijsterbos in beautiful autumn colors, kite surfing on the IJsselmeer and a queue for the ice cream at the manager. Strange and beautiful at the same time. October 13, 2018

Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan lies about halfway between Fort William and Mallaig on the picturesque West Highland Railway. Along with a regular rail service by Abellio ScotRail, the line is used by the Jacobite steam train (more: Wikipedia).

The Jacobite steam train is famous because of it’s part in the Harry Potter movies (more: Wikipedia) We heard about it when we stayed in a bed and breakfast nearby Fort William. It was not the main reason to visit the valley and road to Mallaig, but it with this information in our head, it gave the cold and rainy trip on our motor bike to Mallaig an extra. It was special to see people in the same weather waiting on the green hills in this beautiful valley for the Jacobite steam train passing by, spotting the same locations as in the Harry Potter movies.
When we approached Mallaig, we saw the steam of the train heading Mallaig and in Mallaig we arrived – we did not planned – almost equal as the Jacobite train, which also was a special experience.

I do not know it taking pictures of people in great valleys of Scotland belongs to ‘street photography’, especially when pictures are taken on the back seat of a motor bike 😉 But it felt like street photography very much!

 

Nespresso time

Nespresso store, Regent Street, London, october 2012.
With permission that time to shoot and to publish.

Nikon D80

 

October 2018

To my beloved father.
Photo from March 2015, Amsterdam centre, near the IJ river.

Nikon.