Ik kan er weinig aan doen. Ik hou nu eenmaal van oud, van het versletene, van sfeer, van ‘door de eeuwen heen’. Het is daarom altijd een feestje om in Dordrecht rond te lopen. In dit jaargetijde is er een bepaalde lichtinval. Een laagstaand licht dat een sfeer meegeeft aan was al sfeer heeft. “The mood” klinkt nog wat warmer, komt dichterbij mijn fotografisch gevoel. Het heeft allemaal iets tijdloos.


By |26 februari, 2019|Fotografie, LIGHT, Straatfotografie|0 Comments


Concerning my photography, I stick close to home during March.

I have agreed with myself that I will shoot only within a radius of 5 kilometers (3.11 miles) from Papendrecht – Holland.

Today I photographed the centre of my home town. The whole centre gave an abandoned impression. I think because of the rain. Because I always say to my students: “also in case of rain you can photograph”, I went out. Always wearing my hat (an effective tool during rain) and I had great fun. In the end it was time to get a real Italian tomato soup, which I made, waiting for me in my the kitchen now.

Enjoy this latest episode of Close to Home during March.
Happy Easter.

By |28 maart, 2018|CLOSE TO HOME, Fotografie, LIGHT, Straatfotografie|0 Comments


Today I went to Dordrecht to capture the light and to present it in a panoramic format.

There is no end to wandering through this old city. I always discover something what is new to me. In fact it is left from a former period.

I never get used to it.

So today…

I saw the  ‘Stokholm’ building,  located at the front of the Wolwevershaven.

It owes its name to the cliënt of the construction, to the Stockholm-born merchant Anthony de Bruijn.

Then wandering along the stair gate from 1766

Along the Damiat bridge, which is an iron bridge and since 1990 designated as a national monument.

The bridge was built over the Wolwevershaven and connects two quays, the Wolwevershaven and the Kuipershaven.

And finally the Tomadohuis. An office building opposite Dordrecht’s train station.

This building was designed by architect Huig Maaskant and built between 1958 and 1962 by order of Tomado, a company that made all kinds of tools for the household.

The building is on the municipal monument list.


By |21 februari, 2018|Fotografie, LIGHT, Straatfotografie|0 Comments


On this Valentine’s Day I visited some courtyards of Dordrecht in the early morning.  A courtyard is usually a place with a number of most small houses around it. Originally the oldest courtyards were meant for sick, elderly or pilgrims. Sometimes it was courtyards for beguines. The later courtyards were only for the elderly and widows. I visited the oldest from 1755 and some other ones of the remaining seven courtyards. I like the early morning light because of the long shadows. This old town is recognizable by the many old houses with facades where time has passed. Even in the shade you will find ornaments that are worth keeping and being photographed.

FUJI Xpro2 – 35mm F1,4 R – ISO 250 – F2,0 – 1/320 sec



By |14 februari, 2018|Fotografie, LIGHT, Straatfotografie|0 Comments


Today – a cold day – I went back to the Hof van Holland, as two days ago I saw a garden through the old windows. Now I was treated to a beautiful sunshine. It felt like spring being in the air.

At this time of the year shadows are still long as the sun is not yet high in the sky at afternoon. I spent some time over there as the sunshine and the view was beautiful.


In the 12th and 13th centuries, Dordrecht developed into an important market city because of its strategic location. It traded primarily in wine, wood and cereals. Dordrecht was made even more important when it was given staple right in 1299.

On 18–19 November 1421, the Saint Elisabeth’s flood flooded large parts of southern Holland, causing Dordrecht to become an island. Nowadays Dordrecht is still threatened by storm from the sea and by high river water levels. Due to its location on an island, evacuation at a breach is only possible to a very limited extent. This afternoon however, I felt very save in the middle of the old town and visited several places in order the catch THE LIGHT OF DORDRECHT. Maybe it’s caused by the old ceilings which are there for more than 1000 years, maybe it’s caused bij the heavy doors behind which the people of Dordrecht live their lives.

ISO 1250 – F 4,0 – 1/250 sec       FUJI Xpro2 – 23mmF2 R WR      ISO 400 – F 4,0 – 1/3500 sec


By |5 februari, 2018|Fotografie, LIGHT|0 Comments


Today I started to capture ‘THE LIGHT OF DORDRECHT”. During this month I will photograph some old places in the old town Dordrecht. Dordrecht was granted  city rights by William I, Count of Holland, in the year 1220. In order to provide getting wet at this time of the year I visit the museum “Hof van Holland”.

This museum is situated in the former  Hof van Holland, Zeeland en West-Friesland and was the High Court of the provinces of Holland (including West Friesland) and Zeeland, instituted as a separate entity of the government of the Counties of Holland and Zeeland in 1428. So, about 600 years ago some craftsmen were at work under my feet. Today I had a view from a window at the first floor, looking at a part of the old town called the ‘Hofstraat’.

The beautiful light at the street came alive when two passers-by came along. I had plenty of time to put my camera on manual focus as I decided to work with during this month of capturing the light.


As I read before, somewhere on the YouTube channel, after having positioned the frame you should wait for the people. So I did and indeed I was surprised to see someone coming by. Today my first attempt to capture ‘THE LIGHT OF DORDRECHT” ended successful thanks to the rain.

FUJI Xpro2 – 23mmF2 R WR – ISO 1250 – F 6,4 – 1/250 sec



By |2 februari, 2018|Fotografie, LIGHT, Museum|0 Comments