May 4, 2013
April 18, 2013
if you want to see Matthew one year earlier, click on the picture.
if you want to see Matthew two years earlier, click on the “Un an plus tard”picture.
If you want to know more about the friendship between Matthew and Peter, Read the rest of this entry »
April 11, 2013
This laugh..these palladium!
Wonder why I chose the boring beige color when I was young?
April 1, 2013
if you want to see Megegan one year earlier, click on the picture.
if you want to see Megegan two years earlier, click on the “Un an plus tard”picture.
If you want to know more about the friendship between Megegan and Angélique, Read the rest of this entry »
March 19, 2013
during a shooting last week…
March 12, 2013
Early in the morning, on my way to the market. So nice he accepted ’cause we were both still kind of tired.
February 25, 2013
February 14, 2013
if you want to see Geoffrey one year earlier, click on the picture.
if you want to see Geoffrey two years earlier, click on the “Un an plus tard” picture.
If you want to know more about the friendship between geoffrey and Daan, Read the rest of this entry »
February 4, 2013
Eduardo is looking for a room in Amsterdam. Email me if you can help him.
January 28, 2013
Do you imagine my frustration when I saw Jana and that I didn’t have my camera with me! Check her blog (she has this beautiful ability to create an art piece with herself) : http://book-the-look.blogspot.nl/
You will see more of her in a near future (new project in process)
December 21, 2012
October 30, 2012
October 2, 2012
September 25, 2012
September 3, 2012
August 4, 2012
July 23, 2012
June 29, 2012
the wind played so elegantly with her hair, that day.
Besides from being friend with the wind, Hanna is also an extremely talented designer & illustrator: http://cargocollective.com/hannahermans
June 11, 2012
May 25, 2012
May 10, 2012
May 1, 2012
April 20, 2012
if you want to see Olga one year earlier, click on the picture.
if you want to sneak a peak into Olga’s life, Read the rest of this entry »
April 3, 2012
March 18, 2012
March 8, 2012
« The best things in Life aren’t things » (from Art Buchwald)
The time has come to start the third year project*.
This « Un an plus tard » project has been intense and profoundly interesting! What were the chances of getting on well with all 40 of them** ? Before opening the door, I always had the same thought « what happens if we don’t connect ? » but with each one of them I came away with the impression that they taught me something… The most impressive thing is their maturity. All of them. I am around 10 years older than most of them and I have the impression that some of them are significantly wiser than me ! Another interesting fact is that they weren’t materialistic at all. I don’t know if my intuition tells me to choose unmaterialistic persons in the street or if all young people are much more concentrated on aspects of life that truly matter but almost all of them told me that they didn’t really care about material things. Kind of paradoxal for a project about stuff and items but that’s what made the encounters so much richer than I had imagined.
By the way, on a more photographic subject, I know now that I hate taking pictures of non-humans ! It’s difficult, boring, annoying,….no more !
When I started making these pictures I didn’t know how far I could go, how far I could slide myself into the world of these anonymous persons I ‘randomly’ picked off the street.
After 2 years I do know them a little better – but a great way to understand a person better, I think, is to meet a good friend of theirs and immortalize their relationship. Personally, I couldn’t imagine my life a single second without my friends. True friends are the ones who accept you exactly as you are. I even start thinking that I prefer the imperfections in them to their qualities….but that’s also what I prefer in beauty so maybe it’s not a very objective thought.
Perhaps controversially, I do not believe in the notion that « a true friend is one you can turn to in times of difficulty. » I’m more into the idea that a true friend is one who gets genuinely happy for you when a great thing happens! Being compassionate towards someone who is suffering is kind (not everyone would do it) but not that difficult. Everyone prefers to have a friend who is going through a difficult time than to be the one in that position – it may even make us feel better about our own life. But the contrary doesn’t work. When someone is succeeding, it’s human to feel a little jealous and thus quite difficult to embrace that joy. When it’s a true friend who is going through that marvelous moment, there is a part of you who feels inextricably the same euphoria.
Ok… Enough with the corny theorising…
The picture I am about to post is actually a photographical test I made with my new camera. I didn’t intend to place it on the website because I made the second portrait of Sophie a few months ago, but at least you have a teaser. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the series. If there are other questions you would find it interesting to ask them, please let me know.
I would just like to end with this note***. I read an article the other day that gave me the chills. Apparently in France, one person in ten has only 3 personal conversation per year. This solitude doesn’t apply only to older people. “Of the 4 million French people who feel solitude, 1 million is under 50 years and 2 million under 60.” Why have our minds closed so much ? It’s actually so easy to start conversation with a stranger. It would improve life so much if people stopped being so scared. Besides what everybody thinks, the majority of people are profoundly good ! So please, if there is someone in your environment (a neighbour, a person you cross each day in the street, someone who seems lonely in the metro…) try to make a small talk with him or if you are really shy just smile at the person.
* Yes I am definitely late. I should have started in January !
** Some Pictures from « One year later » still need to be made – I am almost finished!
*** I am sorry about all my lectures today …talking to 3 year-old children all day is damaging what remains of my neurons.
March 2, 2012
if you want to see Joscha one year earlier, click on the picture.
if you want to sneak a peak into Joscha’s life,
February 17, 2012
January 19, 2012
January 12, 2012
if you want to see Anne-Rixt one year earlier, click on the picture.
if you want to sneak a peak into Anne-Rixt’s life, Read the rest of this entry »
January 4, 2012
Pepe was wearing a lot of colors actually, but he really gave me the impression that he ran away from a Rembrandt’s painting…just perfect.
I am not good at sending wishes (In these time of the year, I just have a very protective feeling towards the ones I care for and I tend to close myself) But (cause there is one), I just hope, in 2012 that the world will stop being so scared from the unknown (literally and figuratively). There is so much to embrace if you do leave fear away.
(personal note for pepe: your email you gave me isn’t working. please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org)
December 29, 2011
December 6, 2011
November 21, 2011
November 15, 2011
October 24, 2011
October 17, 2011
October 3, 2011
September 19, 2011
September 4, 2011
August 26, 2011
August 22, 2011
August 15, 2011
Eventhough I sensed that I had bother him while having lunch, Jim accepted very politely to pose.
He was standing, silent, confident in front of the camera. It’s the type of very distinguished man who inspires immediately respect.
Even more when I understood that he has/is directing beautiful projects (from video clips to feature films).
If you are from The Netherlands, run and see his last film, “Rabat” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou2Y3bpumts
August 8, 2011
July 25, 2011
I am so out of time since I am a mother (I asked Alain Clark to pose without knowing he was a singer, Sophie Vlaming that she was a topmodel, a man screamed at me once “You have no idea who I am?!!!!”….) So now, sometimes, I am hesitating approaching someone because I have the impression he/she might be famous. Well with Nataliia, I had this same feeling. Fortunately she was just visiting Amsterdam. Don’t you also feel she has this artist-aura around her?