week 44 | 2011

2011, Photography, Project, weekly project


Some say the camera does matter and some say it doesn´t. In my humble opinion I believe for the sake of the image it doesn´t matter, but I still prefer to work with tools that give me the reassuring feeling that I am in control. So this week I am back to my Ricoh GR Digital 3 while trying to finish the Pentax Q article. Respect for those who finish their review articles after only a week of reviewing. I am not like that. I feel I have to come to terms with what I have been doing. Finish too soon and I might not have given it a fair chance. Too late and the thoughts will be surpassed by the present.

And likewise it is with my photography. I don´t try to give up too soon, but I also don´t try to be excited too early. Things have to settle and it is good to distance yourself from the things you do.

I enjoyed the color photography I did recently and it felt like I finally gave it a fair chance to adapt it. That I returned to B&W now does certainly not mean that I gave up color. I just need to give it some time like a good bottle of wine. I need to see and feel what worked and didn´t work for me.

And I think that is really important. My objectives in photography are not to make more beautiful photographs. No, my desire is more within me. A more personal reflection and for that I believe it makes sense to learn more about my good and bad things. To not be afraid of making mistakes, not to fear my uncertainties, and to find inspiration in my vulnerability.

Good photography is like a diary, you kind of witness and undergo the person behind the camera.

And I believe that the imperfections all makes it so interesting. And for that I like to thank a young Dutch photographer and student at the Royal Academy of Art, Eva van Bemmelen, to make me part of her “artistic family“.

The photographs of this ongoing project will also be updated here.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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13 thoughts on “week 44 | 2011

  1. Wouter,
    Your comments are both thoughtful and introspective. You have made your photography something much deeper than just taking good photos. It has become an integral part of how you live your life each day. That is something I can learn from. You have my admiration and respect. Thank you for your important work.
    Jim

  2. I really love the darkness and contrast you get in your images, very nice. I especially like the water droplets on the flower image, any chance I could purchase a copy, perhaps from your Redbubble account, like I did with one of your other photographs?

  3. I think your photos have an odd charm, and quite often beautiful, in their own way! In many ways they are age-less, both the B&W, and the colour, shots – like they were taken in the 40’s, or 50’s, some time, and then faded. Thanks for letting us into your world!

  4. That as usual, was very well said Wouter. Not that I would get one but I am curious and looking forward to your review on the Q. I hope you have been well and I love this set of photos you have posted. Winter is coming I presume – sigh. I hope you have great week.

  5. A wonderful post, Wouter. The photos are you. Both literally and figuratively. There is something intrinsic to your work with the little Ricoh. As you said, the tool matters little. That being said, there is something of a solidarity to this work that I had missed from your recent posts. It’s almost a reassurance. The leaves photo is one of my favourites of yours.

  6. Beautiful pictures and great thoughts, Wouter. Finding meaning in photos is something I think anyone seriously interested in taking photographs eventually has to deal with. Otherwise, what is the point of all the snapping?

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