A chance encounter with the DVZO at Zurich HB

Two weeks ago I was on my way back from a photoshoot, when I saw a steam train at the Central Station Zurich. It turned out to be a train from the DVZO, om operation run by a group of enthusiasts in their spare time.

After taking a couple of pictures of the train and the volunteers, I met a couple of other (cool looking) people I did some improve shooting with. All in all a great end of a busy shooting day!

Nikon D750 | Nikon 50 mm 1.8G

Photoshoot Andrei Bratu

Last Friday I had a great photoshoot in Zurich (CH) with actor and improv theatre maker Andrei Bratu from Improteca! I was impressed with his body language and Andrei’s ability to change his facial expressions. I was also impressed with all his work for ASK, All Special Kids

Panasonic Lumix G81M | Olympus Zuiko 25 mm 1.8

Every picture tells a story!


One of my favourite restaurants is La Cucina della Marianna in Griante at Lake Como (Italy). The kitchen is run by ‘Ty’. Ty runs a ‘non-democratic kitchen’. This means customers cannot choose a menu, they need to eat whatever Ty has decided to prepare. My wife and I even took his concept one step further by the way: we now also let Ty decide on the wine.

When I asked if I could take his picture, Ty advised me to use a wide-angle lens to ensure the camera could deal with his proportions. I had to make do with my brand new Olympus Zuiko 25 mm 1.8 though.

What is interesting to know is that Ty feels as much at home behind, as in front of the camera. Besides being a great cook, he is also a serious photographer and has a some impressive analogue (Rollei 6×6 and Nikon F gear). You can admire his pictures on the walls of his restaurant and he also published a book with them.

Panasonic Lumix G81M |Olympus Zuiko 25 mm 1.8

Photoshoot Friederike

I had a lot of fun doing a photoshoot with Friederike Sommer two weeks ago! Friederike is a Coach, Mentor, Leadership & Team Developer (http://www.friederikesommer.com/). We took a number formal, as well as informal pictures. We also planned to take some shots outside, but the rain was horrendous. How happy I was that I had my Tamron 35 1.8 lens with me – the only lens I have for my Nikon D750 which claims to be weatherproof!

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Nikon D750 | Tamron 28-75 2.8 | Tamron 35 1.8

A chance encounter with Harold A. Cueva Vasquez

Yesterday I bumped into Peruvian painter Harold C. Cueva Vasquez on the streets of Winterthur. We had had a lovely chat, and he invited me to take some pictures of him in his atelier in ‘Haus zum Bilder’ (www.inzwischen.ch) as well.

You can visit his exposition in Kulturort Uferzone, Theiligerstrasse 59, 8484 Theilingen (www.ufer-zone.ch) until June 16, 2019. On June 2, 2019, he will paint there live!

Harold’s own website is http://artecuevas.ch/. Check it out!

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Panasonic Lumix G81 | Panasonic 12-60 3.5-5.6

Street Kids Direct in Scheveningen (NL)

On Kingsday the Netherlands turns orange, and we as Dutch people finally decide we are merchants instead of vicars after all. Flea markets spring up all over the country, and we as a family always use sell goods for @streetkidsdirect at the Belgisch Park in Scheveningen (NL) that day.

Street Kids Direct is a foundation which looks after children at risk in South America.

For us this is also a great event. We always have a lot of fun with our customers. Please find below a gallery with pictures of some of our beloved customers.

‘Yes!’ – A hardback from Michael Crichton
‘I will graduate from the Hotel School in a couple of weeks time, and then I want to read a lot!’ Well that will definitely work with the 3x Lynda La Plante and the other three thrillers she bought!
‘I never heard of Sue Grafton and Tess Gerritsen, but I take your word for it!’
‘I am looking for science fiction’ (Robert Harris – ‘The Fear Index’)
‘We already bought them, but are happy to collaborate with the photographer’ (‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ by Alexander McCall Smith and ‘Ghana Must Go’ by Taiye Selasi)
‘Jewish authors of course!’ Herman Wouk ‘This is my God’ and J.D. Salinger ‘The Catcher in the Rye’
‘Amongst others, Vikram Seth and Ken Follett’
‘I want to pick up skating again!’

Panasonic Lumix G7 | Panasonic 14-42 3.5-5.6

‘Talking about a revolution’ (Sudan)

‘Talking about a revolution’ from Tracy Chapman is one of my favorite songs. When I am in the Netherlands I always stay near The  Malieveld in The Hague, a popular spot for demonstrations. Whenever I witness a demonstration there, I always have to think about this song.

This afternoon there was a demonstration against the violation of human rights in Sudan. I had a friendly chat with some of the demonstrators and did an improv photo shoot with some of them.

Equipment: Panasonic Lumix G7 | Panasonic 14-42 3.5-5.6

Vernissage and Book launch at Bildhalle Zurich!

March 28, 2019, I had the pleasure of attending a Vernissage at my favorite photo gallery in Zurich: Bildhalle. The occasion was the opening of an exhibition of the work of Willy Spiller and Fred Mayer and Willy Spiller. At the same occasion a book was launched with work from Willy Spiller, published by the Bildhalle. The book was launched with a great speech from literary critic Stefan Zweifel.

The exhibition will run until My 11, 2019. The address is BILDHALLE, Stauffacherquai 56, 8004 Zürich, +41 44 552 09 18. Highly recommended!

A photoshoot with Schubert!

 was asked to do a photoshoot of the Kammerorchester Kloten with their new conductor Francois Girard Garcia last Saturday. Of course, I stayed for the concert. However, given they played the 7th symphony of Schubert, I did not feel I had a choice! It was a wonderful event, and I am looking forward to attending their next performance!

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

A super trio is born!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a concert of Trio Lusinea. Trio Lusinea is an unusual combination of three instruments: a bassoon, a flute and a harp. The trio consists of three friends and world-class musicians: Valeria Curti (Bassoon), Isabel Goller (Harp) and Annina Rusch (Flute). In the cozy environment of Atelier 17A in Zurich, they played works of Ravel,Yun, Glinka, Bozza and Jolivet.

It was a fantastic event and if their performance made one thing clear it was this: a new super trio is born.

Thanks, Valeria, Isabel, and Annina. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing you again soon!

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Equipment: Panasonic Lumix G7 | Olympus 17mm1.8 | Olympus 45mm1.8 |Panasonic 14-42 3.5-5.6


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.