Rosalina (deux ans plus tard)

December 10, 2012

Rosalina A

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

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

If you want to know more about the friendship between Rosalina and Sue, Read the rest of this entry »

Roos (deux ans plus tard)

November 16, 2012

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Aude (Belgium!)

October 30, 2012

Fait froid!

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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)…

 

Nadine (deux ans plus tard)

September 14, 2012

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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.

Kofi (Deux ans plus tard)

August 15, 2012

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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

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

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

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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.

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

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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!

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Olga (Un an plus tard)

April 20, 2012

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Marcin (2 ans plus tard)

April 12, 2012

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Bibi (The Netherlands)

April 3, 2012

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

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

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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.

 

 

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Jean Sebastien (France)

February 17, 2012

… cette petite touche de bleu!

Franek (Un an plus tard)

February 1, 2012

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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.

Shama (Un an plus tard)

December 21, 2011

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Roos (Recto/verso)

December 13, 2011

It was freezing, everyone was walking very quickly from point A to point B…but Roos was floating with her smile and pink cheeks. It was so cold that I wasn’t sure I could take my hands out of my gloves to take the picture but when she passed and that I saw her childish bag… she was so friendly that I was even tempted to invite her to drink a tea and start an endless conversation.

Maya (The Netherlands/Japan)

December 6, 2011

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

Cedric (Un an plus tard)

November 29, 2011

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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.

Bruna (Un an plus tard)

October 28, 2011

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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…

Emiel (Un an plus tard)

October 11, 2011

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Loes (Belgium)

October 3, 2011

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

Kim (Un an plus tard)

September 27, 2011

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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.

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