Golden Oldie

Golden Oldie #3

Deze foto maakte ik in januari 2011 in Groningen. In straatfotografie laat ik graag interacties tussen mensen zien. Soms lijkt de communicatie tussen mensen verdwenen, hoewel dit erg suggestief is om zo te stellen als je deze mensen niet kent.

Ik zat op mijn knieën voor het raam van café-restaurant Huis De Beurs op de hoek Akerkhof en Folkingestraat. Ik zocht een laag standpunt om mezelf niet in de reflectie te zien en om het deel van de fiets in beeld te krijgen. Op het moment van afdrukken had ik oogcontact met beide mensen.

Thuis zag ik pas de tekst op de fiets "Kom Weerom'.

Deze foto is erg waardevol voor me. Ik kijk er graag naar vanwege de emotie, compositie, reflectie en de rust die er uit straalt.

Ik gaf de foto de titel "Happy Hour'.

Golden Oldie #2

I took this photo during my RET project in May 2012. RET stands for Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram and is the public transport company in Rotterdam. I did street photography for 16 hours on one day, starting 7:00 AM and ending 11:00 PM. I never left the subway stations. Shooting in trains and stations is not easy. Bad light situations require high ISO settings. By choosing the start and end time on a working day I saw many different people. People commuting, shopping, studying, doing their make-up, reading, listening music, gaming, sleeping, eating, running, waiting  ...

It was not only for fun that I did this project. I like to challenge myself and wanted to see how long I could stay focused on the street. Well, I can tell you that I had several dips during the day, periods that I didn't have a decent shot. I was also curious if I would have more good shots in a longer time frame. I was satisfied to have 10 decent shots, relatively not more than I go out for a regular street walk.

I can recommend to do such projects. It needs preparation and that is part of the fun. It brings you a series of photos that can be stronger together than the solo photos. With a system camera you also need some spare batteries.

The photo below is precious to me. I waited about 20 minutes on this overground train station, waiting for the right people to enter the frame. I played a little trick by rotating it 180 degrees. The only time I did this, but it makes this image stronger. I like the strong lines, the shadows and the empty spaces. For me this represents a decisive moment: an interesting event in a strong composition. Everything seems to work together in this photo.

Take a look at a collection of my RET photos

Golden Oldie #1

I call this Golden Oldie "Golden Girl". It is one of my favorite photos so far. I very well remember the day I took it. Marcel Wiegerinck of had asked me if I would like to teach my workshops street photography in Eindhoven. That would make my workshops more available for people living in the south of The Netherlands. In August 2013 I went to Eindhoven to prepare my workshop because I didn't know the city. During my workshops I walk a certain route and the assignments for the participants needs to fit into the locations.

At the end of the day I was in the underground bike parking at the 18 Septemberplein and I saw the beautiful light shining into the escalator area. A perfect spot for a silhouette photo. It was quite busy and most of the time there were too many people on the escalator. Suddenly I saw this Asian girl with her bike. As soon as she was on the stairs I kind of blocked the entrance to avoid other people to disturb the scene. I took a few shots with a low point of view. I heard some people coughing impatiently behind my back. It took only 20 seconds and there she was: my Golden Girl.

People have asked if I used Photoshop for post processing. I never do. I used Lightroom for minimal post processing: a little more contrast and clarity.

Silhouette photos can be made quite easy. You need to have an eye for the locations and the light. Then wait for the right person to enter the frame and choose a good point of view. 

The bonus in my Golden Girl photo were the 3 other persons in the frame. I only saw them later on my computer. You need a bit of luck too!