Marie Mart fin 2

if you want to see Marie Mart one year earlier, click on the picture.

if you want to see Marie Mart two years earlier, click on the “Un an plus tard”picture.

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marcin almost fin

if you want to see Marcin one year earlier, click on the picture.

if you want to see Marcin two years earlier, click on the “Un an plus tard”picture.

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TROIS ANS PLUS TARD: 7AM/7PM

September 25, 2013

Aaltje 7AM7PM FIN

7AM-7M Explication

7AM-7M texte Aaltje

Delicia

Cornelia (South Africa)

June 21, 2013

Cornelia (South Africa)Une telle présence!

Julie (The Netherlands)

Ingereau (The Netherlands)

This laugh..these palladium!
Wonder why I chose the boring beige color when I was young?

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”  (Goethe)

during a shooting last week…

Alex (The Netlerlands/UK)

March 12, 2013

Alex (The Netlerlands/UK)

Early in the morning, on my way to the market. So nice he accepted ’cause we were both still kind of tired.

Elina (Russia)

February 25, 2013

Elina

Eduardo (Italy)

February 4, 2013

Eduardo (Italy)Eduardo is looking for a room in Amsterdam. Email me if you can help him.

Jana (Slovakia)

January 28, 2013

jana fin

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)

Stephanie (the netherlands)

December 21, 2012

stephanie end

Aude (Belgium!)

October 30, 2012

Fait froid!

Cindy (The Netherlands)

October 2, 2012

Suze (The Netherlands)

September 25, 2012

Fresh cheeks and beautiful sproetjes (always loved this word in dutch which means freckles)…

 

Rufus (The Netherlands)

September 3, 2012

Too bad you can’t see Rufus’ nails on the picture…you then notice immediately that he is a guitar player.

Georgia (United States)

August 4, 2012

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Mallory (United States)

July 23, 2012

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Hanna (The Netherlands)

June 29, 2012

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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

ImageIn French you simply say: “La Classe!” And you should see him smile…

ImageWhen I saw Marijn at Pont 13 (really nice restaurant in Amsterdam), I didn’t have my camera with me. So so glad she contacted me later. She is just so full of grace.

ImageI chose this picture eventhough I didn’t photograph his eyes correctly (my two daughters, sister and cousin, were jumping behind me waiting to go home). Anyway, Even if they are blury, this man can really stare! I saw him talking with friends and from a few meters, he had a true presence!

ImageSometimes, people are simply shining…

Olga (Un an plus tard)

April 20, 2012

Imageif you want to see Olga one year earlier, click on the picture.
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Bibi (The Netherlands)

April 3, 2012

…such a little detail that makes such a difference! So simple, so beautiful!

Molly (United Kingdom)

March 18, 2012

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2 ANS PLUS TARD

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.

 

 

if you want to see Joscha one year earlier, click on the picture.
if you want to sneak a peak into Joscha’s life,

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Jean Sebastien (France)

February 17, 2012

… cette petite touche de bleu!

Britt (The Netherlands)

January 19, 2012

Anne-Rixt (Un an plus tard)

January 12, 2012

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Pepe (Germany)

January 4, 2012

Teaser of this year “Two years later project”… To be continued.

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: tuinwoman@gmail.com)

Clara (France)

December 29, 2011

It’s rainy and cold in Amsterdam (not even crispy snow)…wish no coats, hats or gloves were needed at the moment.

Maya (The Netherlands/Japan)

December 6, 2011

Got into a fight with light that late afternoon…Fortunately Maya remained quiet…

Lou-Lou (The Netherlands)

November 21, 2011

Jeffrey (The Netherlands)

November 15, 2011

jeffrey was obviously working…he was kind enough to stop 3 seconds but unfortunately his boss screamed and he had to run back to the truck.

Aranka (The Netherlands)

October 24, 2011

A sunny day in September in Amsterdam…the Sarphatipark…two ladies discussing on a bench…one who is eating an icecream and who can’t stop smiling…

Loes (Belgium)

October 3, 2011

I love when people have a melancholic sparkle into their eyes.

Phil (United Kingdom)

September 19, 2011

Phil asked me if he should take his glasses off for the picture!!!! I guess you know my answer. I didn’t dare asking if he was holding the cigarette of someone or if he is an ambidexter smoker. I like it.

Rigonny (The Netherlands)

September 4, 2011

I was running late, again…but I when I saw Rigonny I couldn’t resist dropping my shopping bags for 3 min…and I guess you understand easily why. I wish I could wear a silk scarf in my hair like that with so much class.

Jos (The Netherlands)

August 26, 2011

He was such at ease when I was taking his picture! He could have stand there hours without blinking… Sad that you can’t see his smile…extremely contagious one.

Gaite (The Netherlands)

August 22, 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

Aysis (The Netherlands)

August 8, 2011

This picture wasn’t easy to take! I was on my way home in a very busy street and when I was taking her picture, 3 ‘drunken’ tourists started making vulgar comments… Aysis remained very calm. I didn’t.

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