A few weeks ago I went to an event called Pink Saturday. The event was in Venlo. I went to the event mainly to photograph some artists.
Pink Saturday was organised by two towns, Venlo and Krefeld to make a statement. This event was organised to celebrate freedom, tolerance and boundless love in Holland and in Germany . Everybody is equal. No matter the sexual preference.
Around 12 noon I drove to Venlo. When I arived the first thing I did was to eat and drink something. In front of the city hall a huge stage was build. The place was very crowded. I was watching happy people. They were dancing, chatting, having fun. The town was in a festive mood. The atmosphere was great. Some of the artists that performed are Maan, Jonna Fraser and Romy Monteiro. I really liked Romy Monteiro. She was singing songs from Whitney Houston like I will allways love you and I wanna dance with somebody. The public was very enthousiastic. I walked to the front of the stage and took some very nice pictures of her.
I was thinking about what to do on a lovely, sunny day. One of the possibilities is to ride bike in the nature. This is what I did some weeks ago when the sun was shining and the temperature was rising. And guess what. I took my camera with me. It is good to forget your sorrows and find peace at heart and mind while you enjoy the natural environment. I rode my bike to Het Bosche Broek. This is a unique piece of nature between Vught and Den Bosch. It’s very beautiful and because the weather was lovely, it was just like spring, you saw that some trees and flowers already came out carefully. Anyway, I enjoyed riding my bike in this wonderful natural area and everytime I saw something beautiful I took pictures of it. Check below for some of the pictures I took on that day.
You already know that I like taking pictures of people because it is the interaction with the model what appeals to me the most. But did you know that I also like streetphotography and that I like taking pictures of architecture, industrial areas and landscapes? In this blog I write about industrial photography vs landscapephotography.
A couple of weeks ago I went out with my camera on a beautiful sunny day. My goal was to photograph in Strijp S Eindhoven. Strijp S is the creative and cultural centre of Eindhoven. Without Philips, Strijp S wouldn’t exist. When you walk through this area, you can still see the industrial buildings but now they have a different purpose. Different creative organisations make use of the old buildings so if you are interested in the history of this cultural inheritance of Eindhoven, just take a look at the website of Strijp S.
Taking pictures in Strijp S was great and I had a good time. Every time I saw something new so I became very enthousiastic. I saw many different things. For example industrial buildings and machinery. It’s fun to take pictures of the buildings in different ways from different corners. Outside I took a lot of pictures but I also took many photos inside. For example I went inside the Pastryclub. This used to be a machineroom, but now it’s a cool and trendy place where you can drink a latte and eat cakes or chocolate if you have taste for it. When you are in the neighbourhood, walk around and visit this nice place. It’s worth it. I had a great time and took a lot of pictures. Some of the results you can see below.
In the beginning of this blog I wrote that photography is my passion. And that most of all, I like to take pictures of people. It’s the interaction with the person that is standing in front of me that I like most.
For quite some time I wanted to do a workshop Portrait- and modelphotography at The New Photoschool in Arnhem. The workshop was given by two of Hollands well known photographers Hans Toonen and Hans Wientjens. Both of them are working together for over 25 years. Their work is famous all over the world. Check their website to see the work of this photography duo.
The workshop was last monday. We were with 6 students. Both Hans and Hans motivate their students to bring out the best in them. Definitely they brought out the best in me. I learned a lot. For example the two photographers taught me about light shaping, how to instruct the model and many more things. Their enthousiasm and passion for photography inspired me.
Check the gallery for some of the pictures I made with their supervision, in their studio during the workshop.
On Christmas day it was time to go home again. But first there was a nice breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast it was time to quickly check out to have a nice walk on the beach. It was very cold and windy but still nice. I like the sound of the waves. It makes me happy. After the walk, it was time for another hot chocolate in the beachclub Blu beach. A very nice place to relax.
Well once in a while we need a rest or a time out. For me the Christmas period was one of those periods. Even though I like the sphere of Christmas with the Christmas tree, the lights everywhere, the festive atmosphere, I really wanted to be away for a few days to relax and enjoy myself somewhere else. Together with a friend I went for a short holiday to Noordwijk and Leiden. Even though it was cold and windy, it was a pleasant stay. Noordwijk is a little town at the coast of the North Sea in the province Zuid-Holland. The first day was a rainy day so we went to a beachclub drinking hot chocolate.
The next day was a sunny day but cold. Leiden is a place I wanted to visit for a long time. To stroll around in the streets of the center was very nice. I really liked the old buildings, beautiful houses, the canals, the windmills. The Royal Museum of Antiquities is very interesting and really worth a visit. Even though you didn’t study history like I did.
One of the things that was on my bucket list was to see Es Vedra. The magical rock inside the Mediteranean See. I drove from one side of the island to the other side. From east to west. It was a nice trip. To go through the mountains. It took about one hour to drive to the place. And the view was just fantastic!
Thereafter I went to another beach called Cala Nova. It’s in the east of Ibiza and the sea was more rough because it was very windy on that day. The wind made nice waves. A real surfers paradise.
Later in the week I rented a car so I could drive around the island. One of the places I visited was the Hippy Market at Punta Arabi. It’s the largest hippy market on Ibiza. It is always very crowded and you will see lots of nice, funny extraordinary and beautiful things.
There are not much places I like to visit twice for a holiday but Ibiza is one of those places I want to visit over and over again. I can’t get enough of it. I think you rather love Ibiza or not. Well as you may already guess I’m an Ibiza lover. The relaxed atmosphere, of course the nice weather, beautiful beaches. I love it.
This year I went to a very nice town called Santa Eularia des Riu. It’s in the east of Ibiza. The first day I had a walk around Santa Eularia. The second day I went with public transport to Eivissa. Of course I also went to visit Dalt Villa. A beautiful place to be.