Two years

2009, Photography


Quietly I passed my two years blogging yesterday. I wanted to keep it business as usual, but two years is quite long I think in the blogging world. So maybe, I thought it was worth it to make a quick round-up of some of the best and the worst.

On 22 December 2007 I posted two photographs from the early winter entry in the Netherlands and that post got a staggering 2 views. In 2008, February 10 as a matter of fact, I posted my first brick wall test.

In 2007 I posted two posts with rumors about a Leica M9 and a possible Nikon re-entry in the rangefinder world. Both articles caused a lot of traffic, but I later removed these rumors. Was not really happy with the mails I received and thought the two articles really didn’t belong on my blog.

I am still pretty happy with both my impressions of the Ricoh GX200 and GR Digital 3. I loved photographing with the Leica M8 this fall (see here, here and here some of the photographs). But some of my best moments were meeting some of my friends I made on the internet in the last two years.

And of course the photographs. Last winter for instance I made a series about my hometown, which actually is a never ended project. And in 2008 I wrote and documented my visit to photokina. And I have been really pleased with the response I got for my first autism project I made this September.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

21 thoughts on “Two years

  1. Congratulations on reaching the two year milestone. I love the second last shot above by the way, the one with the dog’s ears. It’s great.

  2. Congratulations,
    I think a lot of us came to your blog because we were interested in your Ricoh reviews. We stayed because we like the photography.

  3. A sporadic reader of blogs, this is one that I come back to increasingly for sanity, sincerity and non-commmerialism, not to speak of excellent photography. In comparison, the others, like so much in our world, seem like a Faustian bargain.

    —Mitch/Bangkok

  4. Wouter, I kept on thinking about the Faustian bargain and couldn’t help coming back with this:

    Habe nun ach! Philosophie,
    Juristerei und Medizin,
    Und leider auch Theologie!
    Durchaus studiert mit heißem Bemühn.
    Da steh ich nun, ich armer Tor!
    Und bin so klug als wie zuvor…

  5. Congats Wouter, please never stop. I am real selective with blogs but I always check-in daily. You always have something significant to say that helps of the rest of us be better photographers. Indeed, you are a teacher.

  6. Thank you all for your warm words. It keeps me challenged to focus more on the ordinary. No spectacular travel photography or big city street photography. No, everyday subjects of small town life.

  7. You have clearly reached the photography community with your insights (especially into the issue of purchasing gear) and keen photography. Here’s to hoping for at least another two years with Wouter.

  8. Hey Wouter,
    Congratulations on the two year mark. Your blog is in my “daily check” group. Your writing and photography are inspiring. I also live in a small, rural city and your images resonate with me.
    –Eric

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