The sunny side of the street

Because I need to do a couple of video projects in 4k, I recently bought a Panasonic Lumix G7. I find the camera excellent for videos, but until today I did not have any opportunities to use it for photography. However, since the sun was shining this afternoon in the Hague, I took the opportunity to take it for a stroll.

Ahmed &- Friend Kleinste Winkeltje-1The first picture I took was from Ahmed and his friend, who were sitting in front of Ahmed’s store enjoying the sun. Ahmed runs ‘Het kleinste winkeltje’ (‘The smallest shop’) in the center of the Hague. According to Vogue, ‘Het kleinste winkeltje’ is one of the best fast food shops in Holland, the best fries around – I agree!

Thomas Poststamp Auction-1Next, I encountered Thomas, who works for an auction house specialized in stamps. Unfortunately, he destroyed all my illusions about the value of some of my post stamps. I happen to have a stack of German post stamps from the Interbellum, when Germany was hit with hyper-inflation, but according to Thomas they were not very valuable. I guess that makes sense: they were also not very valuable when they were printed.

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‘It is too cold to haggle’. This friendly bookseller on the Plein in The Hague sold me a book my wife had been searching for a long time: ‘Verzamelde gedichten’ (‘Collected poems’) by the Dutch poet J. Slauerhoff. He also had an original edition of a photo book by Ed van der Elsken.  Check him out on the second-hand book market,  every Thursday at the Plein in The Hague.

Hans Coffee - Sigaar - Apple-1Finally, I met Hans. Hans struck me as a life artist: enjoying the sun with an Apple laptop on his knees, a cup of coffee and a nice cigar.

 

Joshua

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‘I make a lot of mistakes, but you only live once’  Joshua (@joshhamster.ch) told me when I asked him about the text on his t-shirt, which read ‘I am not perfect but I am limited edition’. He told me his sister worked in a camera store. When he told me which one, I told him this was the best camera store in Switzerland and that I bought a lot of lenses there.


Inspired by the fantastic Human From New-York project by Brandon Stanton, I plan to publish a series of posts based on this format on www.humansofswitzerland.com.


 

Get on Board with the Gospelchor Thalwil

Last Sunday the Gospelchor Thalwil, conducted by Felix Bachmann, delivered a fantastic performance of their ‘Get On Board’ program in the Reformed Church of Thalwil. They gave the audience a wonderful evening, with no less than 18 gospel songs (excluding the encores!).

Thank you Gospelchor Thalwil and the Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Thalwil for giving us such a wonderful evening.

If you missed it, there is another opportunity to attend “Get on Board” on Sunday February 3, 2019 in Altendorf/SZ, in the Pfarrkirche St. Michael, at 17:00hrs.


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Equipment: Nikon D750 | Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 | Nikkor 20-35 mm 2.8


 

#WeRemember – International Holocaust Memorial Day

Several organizations in the US and Europe support the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in their global campaign to encourage people to speak out on social media and raise awareness about the Holocaust. This campaign asks people to hold up a sign with the words “We Remember,” and to post it on social media with the hashtag #WeRemember.

One of these organizations supporting this initiative is Christen an der Seite Israels Schweiz. Today, Philip van den Berg, President of Christen an der Seite Israels Schweiz, organized a very special remembrance event with Pf. Cornelis Kant (Theologian and Director ‘Christians for Israel International) and Holocaust survivors Shlomo Graber and Carl J. Flesh in Zurich.

During this event, I took photos of people who supported the #WeRemember campaign. Their pictures were shared on social media and can also be found below.


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Equipment: Nikon D750 – Tamron 28-75


Russian Orthodox Epiphany Celebration Lake Zurich

Last Saturday, January 6, I was party to a very special event at Lake Zurich. The Russian Orthodox church in Zurich was celebrating Epiphany. Epiphany marks two events in the life of Jesus Christ: the visit of the Magi to Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem, and the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.

Inspired by this event, members of the Russian Orthodox church traditionally celebrate this by submersion into lakes or rivers blessed by Orthodox priests. Last Saturday members of the Russian Orthodox congregation in Zurich decided to use Lake Zurich for this purpose.

It was a beautiful service; even though I am a convinced protestant, I felt completely included.

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Equipment: Nikon D750 – Tamron 28-75


 

 

Tribute to Martin Luther King in Thalwil (CH)

Today it is Martin Luther King Day. Yesterday evening I had the pleasure to attend ‘I have a dream – Hommage an Martin Luther King’ in the Kirchgemeindehaus Thalwil. A beautiful performance by Vera Bauer (Text & Design), Christina Jaccard (Vocals), Dave Ruosch (Piano) and Steve Grant (Drums). The performers really managed to bring Martin Luther King, his family and the era of the civil rights movements, to life.

Thank you Evangelisch Reformierte Kirche Thalwil and Jazzclub Thalwil for this wonderful co-production!

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Dave Ruosch

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Encore!


Equipment: Nikon D750 – Tamron 28-75


 

 

A chance encounter with Pirmin Huber

I love traveling by train in Switzerland. Not only is it fast, reliable and convenient; it also provides the opportunity for chance encounters.

Yesterday I met Pirmin Huber on a train to Zurich. Pirmin is a fantastic (bass) musician and composer. His music is a wonderful eclectic combination of jazz and folk music. At times, Pirmin’s music reminds me of Wolfert Brederode and Jan Garbarek. After he generously allowed me to take a few pictures of him, we had a nice chat about his music and his upcoming gigs.

Check him out on pirminhuber.com! I am looking forward to attending one of his concerts soon.

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Equipment: Nikon D750 – Tamron 28-75


 

Christmas Lighting Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

The Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich (Switzerland) is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Every year iconic lighting is installed for the Christmas period. Here are some pictures I took when it was raining, to capture the reflection of the lights on the wet streets. Again I was very grateful that my Nikon D750 and Tamron 35 1.8 lens are weatherproof…christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-2christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-4christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-6christmas lights bahnhofstrasse-8

Grindelwald in the rain and snow

In October I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in beautiful Grindelwald (CH). A village surrounded by famous mountains; the Eiger, the Jungfrau, and the Mönch. The first day was there was drizzling rain all day, the second day it snowed. Due to the clouds, I did not have much opportunity to see the mountains. However, due to the fact that my Nikon D750 and Tamron 35 1.8 lens are weatherproof, I did manage to take a number of pictures. I hope you enjoy them!

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Equipment used : Nikon D750 | Tamron 35 mm 1.8 VC | Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8