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.
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.
The 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!
Next, 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.
‘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.
Finally, 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘I am always looking for thrillers’. ‘I think we can help you!.’
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.