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CLOSE TO HOME

There is a new ‘Close To Home’ because I moved. Nevertheless, the colors are identical to the past. It is always a voyage of discovery. New roads provide new vistas. A fascinating scene that is around every corner.

ENJOY!

All shot with my X-Pro2 and XF 56mm F1,2 R

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GAUDI

Gaudi, I had to think of him. Somehow I feel attracted to nature. I see patterns in nature earlier than anywhere else. I once read about Gaudi that he had incorporated natural elements in his Sagrada Familia. Fool or genius. He was the founder of organic architecture. Looking at the botanical richness around me, I often think of him.

ENJOY!

All shot with my X-Pro2 and XF 56mm F1,2 R

GONE

 

I love tulips. But those are gone. Gone in time. You should have seen them a week ago. They were glancing at home. But they are not at home. Where do they come from?

I really don’t know. May be Holland. Indeed several tulip varieties are coming from my home country. But the first one?

Tulips are originally from the Ottoman Empire (nowadays Turkey). They were imported to the Netherlands in the 16th century. When Carolus Clusius wrote the first important work on tulips in 1592, the flowers became so popular that his garden was regularly attacked and his flower bulbs disappeared.

This one disappeared too.

ENJOY!

Canon EOS 5D – 24-70mm F 2,8 L USM – ISO 200 – 32mm – F 3,5 – 1/160sec – 2008 March.

 

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ALMOST

Almost spring. That’s what I thought seeing this photograph. In 2008, February I made this one.

I really like tulips. Maybe because I have been born in Holland, but most of all because of their form. Not any tulip, like people, the same. What an imagination!

As an explanation we say it depends on this or that, but we don’t know the real cause. “It’s a miracle”, like the song of Ilse de Lange.

A reality too. Good to know and to recognize.

ENJOY!

Canon EF 100mm macro F 2,8 USM – ISO 400 – 100mm – F 9 – 1/5sec – tripod – 2008, Feb.

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ROPE

Maybe you are curious about the end of the rope. Well it ends in the river.

One a misty morning I walked along the river called ‘de Merwede’ situated in the Netherlands. It means “wide water”. This river is part of the Rhine–Meuse–Scheldt delta and is mostly fed by the river Rhine.

During summer bathers sit on one of the beaches along the river. It’s always a nice view. I left them home this time.

It’s a well known river during WWII too because of the people of Sliedrecht. They crossed the river at night and went to one of the creeks of “De Biesbosch” in order to hide people.

ENJOY!

LEICA D-LUX 3 – ISO 100 – 190mm – F 4,5 – 1/100sec – Jan 2008.

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UNIVERSE

Once I shot Joris and added:

“THE UNIVERSE IS ALWAYS CLOSE TO HOME’.

Today I think it has been unchanged. It’s still there if you want to see it. Even when the circumstances are worse.

“Where the light comes in’, sang Cohen.

 

ENJOY!

Canon EOS 5D – 24-70mm F 2,8 L USM – ISO 400 – 70mm – F 3,5 – 1/320 – Aug 2007.

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STRINGS ON THE MOVE

A long time ago I discovered my neighbour playing bass. An enthusiastic musician provided a great demonstration of his art during half an hour. I moved around him trying to get that spectacular shot of ‘strings on the move’. My flash took care of the ‘frozen’ strings while his right hand was ‘on the move’. Both we liked the results and now I have the honor to show his well-trained fingerings as he regularly does in public.

ENJOY!

Canon EOS 20D – 24/70 mm – F 2,8L USM – 24 mm – ISO 100 – F 2,8 – 1/15sec – Apr 2007

 

 

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SADNESS

‘Sometimes I feel so sad, so bad’, Mercury sung. Today I feel pretty good, however this image shows contrary. I made it some days after yesterdays image and still can feel the sorrow it expresses.

Life and dead and a couple of days in between. Things go fast in real life. Anyway it’s time to enjoy every minute.

I did it during composing and this time during writing about it. I love the image and the transience carrying it inside.

ENJOY!

Canon EOS 20D – 24/70 mm – F 2,8L USM – 24 mm – ISO 100 – F 8 – 1/125sec – Sep 2006

 

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TOGETHER….

Sometimes you have to wonder about life. Most of the time, by the way.

But during this period time passes by in a way of unconsciousness. Time does not exist. Especially not for grandfathers.

On a sunny day somewhere in the neighborhood of a young forest I spot my grandchildren passing by. It’s a moment I will never forget.

ENJOY!

Canon EOS 20D – 24/70 mm – F 2,8L USM – 70 mm – ISO 100 – Aug 2006

 

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DAY 038 – 100 DAY JOURNAL (2) – DEPTH

Some people – like my good old father – feel dizzy when they look at depth. Once I saved a wife on a mountain. The hill being too steep. In my home town I found a ditch with a rail of which I took a portrait. Please don’t look down, but

ENJOY !