Archive for October, 2009

Haarlem

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Where I started coming regularly when I went to high school, and where I moved when I started college in Amsterdam. Practical? No. Nice? Yes.

Remember: For full screen click FS in the bottom right corner, and for titles and descriptions click the hardly visible letter i in the top right corner. (Full screen is obviously much prettier than small size and loading takes the same amount of time. Bloemenjansje says: that’s easy!)

(Can’t see it? Click here for roughly the same collection of pictures of Haarlem on Flickr)

Hillegom

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Can be viewed in Full Screen mode, click FS. Click the I in the top right corner for titles and descriptions.
Camera: Lomo Smena Symbol, loaded with 400 ISO expired colour negative film from Dutch department store HEMA.

Can’t see it? Click here for roughly the same collection of pictures on Flickr.

Pencils

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Today I thought: OK, time for a different approach. I wanted to install a gallery type thing on here, for more classy viewing of photos especially. Plugin was easily found, installed minutes later, but then I got punished for not responding to the requests to update Wordpress when new versions came out.  I was too outdated to be able to use the plugin I selected.

Well, I faced up to my duties and started the updating process, which is really not for the faint of heart. It starts with the fact that updates ruin any custom changes in your wordpress theme, so that’s probably why I had been postponing the update in the first place. Because I didn’t feel like searching for exactly which files I had edited over the past years and copying or even redoing all those changes. (more…)

pinhole

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

It came as a surprise: I’m suddenly in art school for realz. I was doing the preparatory year, to make my mind up about which course I wanted to take (Fashion&Textile, Fine Arts & Sculpture, Photography, or all of the above) and make a better chance of getting accepted next year. But then some cards were shuffled, and I had a talk with the coordinator of  the part time Fine Arts course, and now I’m in!

Two weeks ago I felt like a grandma, being the oldest (by a couple of years) of all the students in the prep year, and last week I felt like a total fish because I was suddenly the youngest of the group. It’s hard to get bored like this, let me tell you.

waterlilies

Just before I switched I made a lot of pinhole photographs, and they’re worth putting up here. These were made with two different ‘cameras’: a cigar box and a tin can that used to contain cheese snacks.

framed by noise - pinhole portrait

The trick is to mount a tin strip with a TINY hole in it in front of a larger hole, put some paper negative (light sensitive paper that you can develop like film) in the back, seal the whole thing light-tight and leave it somewhere for a certain time. That time is the ’shutter speed’. After that time you cover the tiny hole, get to a dark room and develop the paper that was in the box. And now you’re in for a surprise, because it’s pretty hard to figure out exactly what exposure works. Even when conditions remain unchanged sometimes 3 minutes is too long, sometimes 6 minutes is too short, there’s no telling.

selfportrait-shadows

That’s annoying and neat at the same time. Because when you drop your paper in the developer and you start seeing these really crisp silhouettes, and gradually a fantastic image appears, that’s when you feel so good.

culture

I made some good ones and some of bad ones. You can check out all the ones that had a distinguishable image on them here.