Today, during my visit at De Kunsthal in Rotterdam, with the exhibition of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years, my camera ‘informed’ me to be out of energy. Normally I always throw two batteries in my backpack, which I forgot this time (grrrrr….). On top of all that I left my cell phone in my car as I had checked the opening times on internet (grrrr…again…). Maybe it’s time for a checklist…. Always be prepared is one of the items on You Tube concerning “to be a better photographer” …….. Anyway I made two shots.
(Fuji Xpro2 – ISO3200 – 35mF1,4 – F2,2 – LR)
I visited St. Bavo at Haarlem, the capital of the province Noord Holland of the Netherlands. A kind of Anton Pieck city with a center of remaining old houses and church from the past middle ages. The Bavo, as they call it, has a length of 108 meters and the width meets 47 meters at broadest. The wooden roof is at 10 meters and the tower meets 76 meters. The longest pipe of the Christian Müller organ has a length of 32 feet (10 meters).
The Bavo’s floor – the total building period during 1370 – 1538 – consists entirely of graphs. In total there are 1500 charts. The oldest of all from the 15th century.
The light falling through the stained glass windows is fantastic. The organist played softly in the background – so, I photographic merged into the light of St. Bavo.
This weekend, during a short stay at ‘Het Noord-Hollands Duinreservaat’ and “Bezoekerscentrum De Hoep”, I got impressed by the water of Holland. Especially about their chosen theme “water and health”. A man can live about a month without food, but only three days to at most one week without water. If a man does not have enough water, he will dehydrate. So you have to drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day for a healthy life. I thought this was about the desire to loose weight, but water regulates the temperature of the human body.
And now the harrowing: At least 400 million people live in areas with a shortage of water. A quarter of the world’s population has no access to safe drinking water.
So, Hans how do you feel today?
LUCKY BOY – ENJOY
(Fuji Xpro2 – ISO400 – 35m F1,4 – LR)
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
ENJOY THE LIGHT
I mostly fall in love visiting a museum. Sometimes it’s about the art showing at expositions.
Sometimes it’s about the building itself. Visiting the Groninger Museum in Holland it was both of them.
I do have a obsession for the beauty of stairs in particular.
THE LARGEST HUNEBED
Hunebed D27 surpasses all the other Dutch megaliths in various respects. Measuring 22,6 meters, it is the longest of them all. It has the most supporting stones (26) and its largest capstone is the heaviest of all surviving hunebed stones. And it is here that the earliest known excavation of a hunebed took place. That was in 1685, under supervision of Titia Brongersma. I am talking about Borger – a little village in the north of Holland. The oldest known dolmens are in Western Europe, where they were set in place around 7,000 years ago. I loved the black and whites underneath the dolmen.
My favorite museum in The Netherlands is still the Kröller Müller museum. It’s about Van Gogh of course but also about the unique architecture of the museum itself. And even the garden with all the sculptures is magnificent. Today one of the rooms seemed empty and I was impressed by the lines in front of it. In order to make a photograph I chose for the square format and the Acros film simulation. Suddenly a young boy appeared in the frame. At home I saw him pointing to the empty room apparently.
I love the lines in this image, but I have to thank the young boy. In spite of the lovely warnings of his mother he completed my picture in a very special way. I thank him very much, because people can complete an image like this one. Later on I saw his mother again……. and of course I asked for publishing.
On my way to the exhibition of the photographs of the perfectionist Robert Mapplethorpe at De Kunsthal in Rotterdam, I discovered the X-factor. All the steps of the stairs are lightened by the morning sun. Only one step has a cross organized by a fence aside. A special step where I pointed at.
I don’t know the meaning of the X-factor is a correct appellation over here. If the other steps did not exist, I think this step would not be called special at all.
So a X-factor? I doubt it.
I think Robert Mapplethorpe had some X-factor during his lifetime. I enjoyed his photography, especially his portraits of people and flowers. Even nowadays I think his work is to be mentioned perfectly.