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.
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!
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.
Today I had the pleasure to meet René Bom. René is colourful person AKA the ‘night mayor’ of The Hague and AKA ‘de Haagse Bom’ (the bomb of the Hague). Being born and raised in the Hague, I was honoured to meet this dignitary and to do a photo shoot with him.
A couple of interesting details about René’s outfit for readers who did not have the privilege to be born the Hague:
Green is one of the prominent colours of the escutcheon of the city of the Hague (the other is yellow)
The stork in the letter O on René’s shirt refers to the stork in the escutcheon of the city of the Hague – the same stork can be seen on one of the rings René is wearing
The number 070 on René’s shirt refers to the telephone digits identifying the city of the Hague
Pictures taken with Nikon D750 and Tamron 28-75 mm 2.8 lens. Recorded in Raw, post-processed with Adobe Lightroom.
The Hague Public Library at the Spui has a great tradition of organizing lunch concerts. On April 20, 2017, I had the pleasure to attend a concert of ‘The Küffner Gals’. The Küffner Gals are Maryse Legault and Adrianna van Leeuwen, two extremely talented Canadian clarinet players who have chosen to play on classical clarinets.
Playing a classical clarinet poses a number of challenges, the most important one being that the fingering system is completely different from modern (Reform Boehm) clarinets.
The program consisted of works by Joseph Küffner, Francois Devienne, Ignaz Pleyel and Amand Vanderhagen. It was a wonderful concert, and it was great to see that both the players, as well as the public, had a great time.
All pictures taken with the Olympus OMD-EM10 camera and 17mm 1.8 and 45mm 1.8 (prime) lenses in RAW. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.