Big Heads Martin Schoeller Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam

I really enjoyed visiting the exposition Big Heads by Martin Schoeller in the Fotomuseum earlier this year. ‘Big Heads’ is a series of close-up portraits taken of (mostly) celebrities, taken with a wide angle lens from a short distance with a large format camera and a large aperture. The pictures only show the face of the subjects – even the necks are not visible.

Martin Schoeller explains this unusual perspective from the fact that, when he was an unknown photographer, he did not get much time and possibilities to influence the location or the clothing of his subjects. Cleverly, he decided to turn this weakness in a strength. Instead, the had to work fast and accept the location and clothing as a given.

Martin Schoeller explains the choice of celebrities as subjects due to this upbringing in post-war Germany where heroes and worshipping them, was not done due to the second world war. For this reason, he was surprised by the celebrity culture in the USA when he emigrated to this country.

He credits his technique to Bernd and Hilla Becher, who became famous for their work of identical industrial installations.

The Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam is located in Katendrecht, in the neighborhood of Hotel New York. the former terminal building of the HAL (Holland America Line). Here a number of emigrants left Europe for the US.

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All pictures were taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 (Mark I)


 

Walking from Amersfoort to Woudenberg

Another series of pictures I took during a walk in Holland. This time from Amersfoort to Woudenberg. I discovered my Olympus OMD EM10 (Mark I) in combination with my 17mm 1.8 Zuiko lens is becoming my favorite set-up for these occasions. Given the speed of my companions during these walks, I do not have time to switch lenses anyway…

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The Hague Central Station

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Amersfoort

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Amersfoort – ‘De Bollenburgh’ – Residence of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, who was born in this city and executed as a result of a conflict with Maurits van Oranje 

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‘Forever Autumn’ – One of the favorite songs of my youth

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Estate Den Treek

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Area 51?

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Part of the Dutch Defense Line – ‘De Grebbelinie’. Another highlight in the Dutch military history.


All pictures taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 (Mark I) camera in combination with a Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 lens. Recorded in Raw; post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


Utrecht canals at night

Amsterdam rightfully has a reputation for its great canals, but Utrecht has great canals as well. As a matter of fact, parts of the Dutch B-movie Amsterdamned were filmed here.

A special feature of them are the so-called ‘werfkelders’. Werfkelders are basements with an entry on a pavement next to the canal (see for instance where the white stairs in the first picture are ending). Quite often they are home to cosy bars and restaurants.

A while ago I took some shots in the evening with my Olympus OMD-EM10 (Mark 1) and my Zuiko 17 mm 1.8 lens.

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All pictures were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M10 in combination with  a 17 mm 1.8 lens. Recorded in Raw; post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.


Ensemble Points Cardinaux in Thalwil

I am very grateful for the fact that the Reformed Church of Thalwil regularly organizes concerts. Last Sunday a concert was given by the Ensemble Points Cardinaux. The members of the Points Cardinaux ensemble think that German composer Georg Philip Telemann is underrated compared to his contemporaries J.S. Bach and G.F. Händel. For this reason, they decided to develop a special program ‘A Magdeburger in Paris’. A program which did not only feature work of Telemann but also of Francois Couperin and Jean-Martin Hotteterre.

It was a beautiful concert, the audience was so enthusiastic that the asked for (and got) and encore. Thank you Stephanie Haensler (violin), Denise Fischer Baumann (flute), Alex Jellici (viola da gamba) and Matthias Lanz (harpsichord) for giving the audience such a beautiful evening. Thank you Reformierte Kirche Thalwil for organizing this.Point Cardinaux TMP-1Point Cardinaux TMP-2Point Cardinaux TMP-3Point Cardinaux TMP-4Point Cardinaux TMP-5Point Cardinaux TMP-6Point Cardinaux TMP-7Point Cardinaux TMP-8Point Cardinaux TMP-9Point Cardinaux TMP-10Point Cardinaux TMP-11Point Cardinaux TMP-12Point Cardinaux TMP-13Point Cardinaux TMP-14Point Cardinaux TMP-15Point Cardinaux TMP-16Point Cardinaux TMP-17Point Cardinaux TMP-18


All pictures taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100


 

Art City Rotterdam

Had a wonderful afternoon in Rotterdam yesterday. I first walked around the so-called Cube houses at the Blaak. Then I walked to van Beek, my favorite art supplies shop. Here I attend a workshop with glazing techniques (see the result below).

Afterwards I took a stroll from the Wijnhaven to the City. Along the way I bumped into Fokko Muller – Street photographer and Olympus Visionary.

Later I came across a great performance by singer bass player Xenia. She was accompanied by Manfred on drums and Mohammed as MC. Afterwards they were kind enough to pose for some portraits.

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Cube Houses Blaak

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Wijnhaven

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Fokke Muller – Streetphotographer and Olympus Visionary

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Xenia, Manfred and Mohammed

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Xenia

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Manfred

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Manfred

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Xenia

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MC Mohammed

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Manfred

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Demonstration for an Independent Scotland in the Hague

Yesterday morning I woke up with to the sound of bagpipes. I quickly took my camera and started looking for the source of the noise, … I mean music.

When I got to the corner of the Malieveld in the Hague, I met a number of incredibly nice people who were planning to hold a demonstration that day for an independent Scotland. Unfortunately I could not march with them, but I had the opportunity to take a couple of nice pictures. I hope they had a great day and wish them every success in pursuing their course!

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

The Westerbork path: Walking from Nijkerk to Ermelo via Putten

Last Saturday I walked a part of the Westerbork path in Holland with a couple of friends. Westerbork is the name of a Transit Camp in the Netherlands from where Jews were transported to Germany in World War II. The path totals 342 km and follows the railway line from Amsterdam to Camp Westerbork. More information (in Dutch) can be found here.

Last time I followed the route Weesp – Muiden – Muidenberg – Naardermeer – Bussum with them. This time the path took us from Nijkerk to Ermelo via Putten.

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Railway Station Nijkerk

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Cyndi Lauper: ‘Girls just want to have fun’

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If you look hard enough you will always find something to take a picture of…

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In this case a bench donated by the municipality of Nijkerk to remember the electrification of the rail track between Amersfoort and Zwolle

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A local artist exhibiting her work in Nijkerk

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A memorial stone for Jewish victims in WW II in Nijkerk

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A proud hobby farmer

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For location spotters: a potential horror movie location

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Close encounters…

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As Paul Simon sings: ‘ Everything looks better in black & white’

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Some people claimed the name of their website early: http://www.electricfence.nl

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It ain’t much if it ain’t Dutch: Poffertjes! (Small thick pancakes)

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Commemoration Stone of the 659 innocent men that were send to concentration camps by the Germans during WWII

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Railway Station Putten

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Vanenburg – Former HQ Baan Software

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


Concert Son Mieux The Hague

Since 1989 the city of the Hague has a tradition to organize rock concerts on different stages in the city center on the night before Kings’s day (April 27). This year I took the opportunity to attend a concert of the Dutch band ‘Son Mieux’. I must admit I never heard about them, but it turned out to be a great gig. Their music is highly original, and I keep playing their songs Feels. and Easy on Spotify.

Unfortunately ,I was not the only one who liked their music: due to the massive crowd and the number of people in front of the stage, I could only take pictures from a single angle. This angle made it difficult to take good pictures from other band members than the singer and the base player.

However, I hope to have an opportunity to see (and hear!) them again sometime in the near future, and to be able to take more varied pictures then.

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Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in RAW, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.


 

StreetKidsDirect King’s Day Scheveningen

In Holland we celebrate King’s Day on the King’s birthday, each year on April 27. This entails a lot of festivities, and most famously, everyone is free to sell items on so-called ‘vrijmarkten’ (flea markets). Dutch people are always described as Merchants and Vicars, but on King’s Day, the first category clearly takes the lead! Even the few Dutch republicans tend to be become orange-clad royalists.

Since 2016, our family has been active on the Vrijmarkt in Scheveningen to raise money for StreetKidsDirect, an organisation which provides practical and essential support for street kids in Guatemala and Honduras. Today, we sold books, dvd’s, puzzles, pans, bags, cookies, a coffee machine, drones and a lot of other stuff. We are extremely grateful to all people who donated articles to us for sale!

All in all, we raised more than €250 in 3 hours time. We would like to thank our customers, a few of whom you can see in the pictures below.

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Our stand in Scheveningen, on the Leuvensestraat.

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Our dog Rakker, Friese Stabyhoun on the lookout for customers!

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Reviewing the specifications of the item…

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Taking the decision together…. for €2,50 the pan has a new owner!

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The lady on the right bought DVD James Herriot for her mother (on the left).

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This kind customer did not want to receive any change when hearing about StreetKidsDirect!

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This lady is an experienced puzzle enthusiast, who decided to take on Jackson Pollock.

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Childhood memories: This customer found a DVD of the Dutch (70’s) Television series ‘Hamelen’.

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Another satisfied customer!

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Mum, can I…

 

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‘It was a present from my mother’

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Michelle’s South African Coconut Nougat became a favorite!

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The incredibly brave lady in the wheelchair is photographer Karen Vlieger.  She only has a couple of weeks left to live and decided to go and enjoy every minute of it. You can find her story here. She had incredibly sweet and kind companions who are accompanying her every step of the way.

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‘I am always looking for thrillers’. ‘I think we can help you!.’

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South-African cookies, also baked by from Michelle, became a hot item!

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A designer bag donated by Tomoko, making this lady happy!

 


Pictures taken with Olympus OMD EM10 camera (Mark I) and Zuiko 14-42 3.5-5.6 mm lens, Recorded in JPEG, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.