Amsterdam, Museumplein, september 2018
Sometimes you sell one of your favorite cameras because you think there will be a new favorite or you simple have to choose between options because you cannot have 10 cameras in your house for all your photo circumstances. So, at one day, I sold my Nikon 995. A few months later of course, I regretted it. But I had chosen, so I couldn’t blame anyone.
Only this year, I bought it back. Well, another Nikon 995, but in very good shape and it feels like my first one.
I am still impressed how good the macro-option of the 3,34 mp camera from 2001 camera is. I still like the swivel body very much and also all the setting options. A classic one, this 995 and not to be sold anymore!
Picture by Nikon 995 and slightly edited with DxO software
Glasgow, august 2018, Dundas Street. View from Caffè Nero.
iPhone 5s and DxO Kodak Portra 400
In September 2014, I took part in the Masterclass Street Photography of the Amsterdam City Archives, which I was very excited with.
The masterclass was part of the exhibition ‘de straat op’ (best translated to ‘taking to the streets’?) of the Amsterdam City Archives and linked to phtographer Ed van der Elsken (1947-1970) and three current photographers from the Netherlands: Hans Eijkelboom, Theo Niekus and Reinier Gerritsen.
We were led by in the centre of Amsterdam in two groups and accompanied by photographers Theo Niekus en Reinier Gerritsen. My group was commissioned to create a series of five photographs in which the relationship between traffic users should be visible. For this assignment we got 1 1/2 hour shooting time and 1/2 hour for the selection of our pictures. No Photoshop, cropping, or whatever. As shot, with only slight adjustments with our camera settings.
It wasn’t easy, but a funny and very informative experience, especially by the help of the photo professionals, the other photographers and employees of the Amsterdam City Archives.
Our selected photos, were shown the week afterwards outside the City Archives on a big screen
– Stadsarchief Amsterdam – tentoonstellingen / presentaties – de straat op
– Theo Niekus
– Reinier Gerritsen
September 2014, together with participants and photographers (photo by Stadsarchief Amsterdam)
Urk, August 2016
This isn’t a street portrait in a strict way. But, I met this man on a street in the centre of Urk (former fisher island in the Zuiderzee). I was invited to drink some coffee with him and his neighbors. As simple as nice: on the street in front of the small house. We talked about things in live and things in common. The man showed me his hobby-made drawings and paintings in his house. On our tour, we let the door open, because of the neigbours on the street and the nice weather. In the house, I asked him if I could make a portrait. And so we did.
For the third time in row I visited the Noorderlicht Photofestival. The link between the past and now, between poor and rich and between home and abroad was very much felt in the this year’s theme and location (the old Sugar factory in the city of Groningen). It was very worthwhile to visit as well as the exhibition as the (area of) the old sugar factory. As it was also last year the case, the this year’s theme and chosen location felt as very complementary. Picture above: View from inside the old sugar factory to the outside, towards the direction of the centre of the city of Groningen. Picture below: Exposition of Ilvy Njiokiktjien (b. 1984). Njiokiktjien is working on a project about birthdays in the Netherlands. For a year Njiokiktjien will act as the ambassador representing Dutch photography.