Twenty twenty. It definitely feels like living in the future. I work a lot with teaching and literature this year but I just could not leave the photography out of my daily routine. Hence I have started a new 366-series this year. For me it takes away the sharp edges of time passing. Catching a frame each day has a deep meaning to me. It makes me happy.
There is still some work I want to show on this website: a portrait series of Emils and some North American travel pictures. In the near future I am going to work on that. For now I only share number 23 of this year’s 366. I took it this week which was filled with foggy days.
So what’s new? Two weeks ago I removed my pictures from Café t’Bolwerk. I am actually very happy with how things went. I got to hear a lot of kind reactions on the images.
Furthermore I am busy with teaching and also I am working as an author now. I am in a team for an educational publisher and we are writing a school book about German literature. This consumes a lot of time, but also means a lot of fun. Having literature in my life, makes me very happy.
Two months ago I decided to quit my 365-project because I did not want to get bored by my own frames. After a few exciting trips in 2019 my horizon would be rather fixed. I still think it is a pitty because the chain of the days is broken, the diary is kind of broken. But hopefully there will be new chances in the future.
Two months ago I also bought an iPhone and I have to admit that its camera is quite nice, so I find myself very often using the phone instead of my bigger cameras. However I do have made some concrete portraying plans with people and as always I am very excited about them. I am so curious how the collaboration will turn out. And how the (November)-light will be of course! I will keep you posted.
The last days of May I was lucky to spend in Munich. I was looking for interesting shots involving WATER since this was my topic that month (for that month or the ones before check my 365-album). My friends let me use the window seat and so I was able to take some nice shots. First it started with some grey of the tarmac, then green of the surrounding grassfields and then the ascending started. This makes you immediately realise how little nature is left, how huge the actual footprints are that mankind leaves on the ground – I mean: just have a look at this first picture. Your mouth shapes an O when a few moments later the fog is starting to show and is veiling the sight of the city. One tick later everything changes into a thick blanket of fluffy clouds which makes you forget everything humans did. Heaven is on your mind. It is the beautiful s-shape of the river Rhine that totally conciliated me.
Concerning the 365-project: January is filed already, at least my images are. For February I came up with a topic: I am going to take a picture a day containing the colour red. Why is that, one might wonder. Because in the grey, cold month I want to remind me of passion, lust and – why not call it – love. Having a focus is fun. I should try it more often. I did a red month once earlier, when I made my 1000-series and I liked the outcome very much.
On the last day of January I went to Groningen to visit a symposium on The Negotiation of Values in Narrative, which was inspiring to me. I am looking forward how this will effect my future pictures. Because I also am interested in story telling and meta-perspectives. So let’s see, what will rise from that.
There it is: the new year. I am full of plans, like always. One of them is to make another 365-series, for a whole year. I know it will be tough: taking the camera with me, meeting my expectations in quality and finding a poetic title for the whole. But the reward will be big: producing a series is like a diary and can be interpreted in a lot of ways, it reveals more about insights of yourself and how you develop. And it freezes all the memories. The good and the ugly ones. In the end you will receive something like the picture here I took on new year’s day: it’s chaotic and confusing, but it is beautiful and retains this one special moment in time. Wish me luck!
One more hour of the old year, at the horizon I already see a glimpse of the new promises. What shall it bring? I am curious and full of plans. I hope to share more of them later. Now it is time to say cheers!
The advantage of a visitor who likes your pictures and even consideres buying some, is that you have a closer look again. You pull out the dusty ones you store under the bed and the ones behind the cupboard. You go way back in your Flickr-stream and find old treasures again. So I do share this summery picture with the simple title: TWO.
Only two hours to the beach from our home, why don’t we do this more often? We definitively should! This time family came over from Australia and Canada, hence the little airplane. Digging together in the sand and watching countless aircrafts heading Schiphol coming from the Atlantic. So normal and exceptional at the same time.
I love the time after christmas with minimized light when being feels somehow like floating in a space without time or borders. The hours are ticking away – like they always do. And then after the big noise – arriving and departing – the new year is here, always bringing new light. A moment to reflect of course. Which beautiful things of the passed year to not forget and to remind yourself of the battles that were won. But what about new plans and making resolutions? This year for me it feels rather like I have to cut down on them in order to get a peaceful mind. I read a book on the psychology of making portraits including a chapter about mindful photography. This teaches one how to stay in the moment, how to appreciate little things and to maybe find poetry within. I used to do that during my 1 000 a picture a day-project and sometimes I miss doing it. I guess I will return to that plan someday. For now it is: good bye 2017, hello 2018!