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’
‘Dido’
‘Amongst others, Vikram Seth and Ken Follett’
‘I want to pick up skating again!’

Panasonic Lumix G7 | 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.

Insta Bookseller-1

‘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.

 

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.


A walk in the woods

Yesterday I walked with a couple of friends from Amersfoort (the Netherlands) to Hollandse Rading. I never knew that the woods in the Netherlands were so beautiful!

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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.