The horizon

2012, Photography
Light above the horizon

Light above the horizon

Right now, more than ever, I want to make photographs. Yet, I hardly have the time to do so. Work, family, lack of substantial (read meaningful) light is what keeps me grounded. I leave home at 7:15 am and come home between 6:00 and 7:00 pm. It affects motivation and awareness. I feel like I am in some kind of survival mode, waiting for the light to emerge above the horizon. I am waiting patiently, moments will come (again).

Photograph by Wouter Brandsma

Rehearsel of steps

2012, Photography
Upside down

Upside down

Each year we basically rehearse our steps. While it makes sense looking forward it can make sense too to look backwards as well. To get a better understanding of what you did and what happened. A year ago I deleted my facebook account after privacy concerns, a couple of days ago I removed my Instagram account. As a result I decided to not delete my flickr account which I intended to do earlier this year. Now we can only wait for the next controversy I guess.

Rainy steps

Rainy steps

I won’t be posting any “best of” lists at the end of 2012. The archive is my list. I had my doubts about continuing my blog, but I stick to this platform. It is my outlet. For 2013 I am thinking about some layout changes including a larger font for better reading. I will keep up the larger size for my photographs too. Additionally I want to overhaul my project site completely and go for larger photographs and just a better experience. If anyone has a suggestion for a good platform (preferably low to free cost) keep me informed in the comment section.

When I write this the Pacific already enters 2013. Take care and I see you in 2013.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Not the end of the world

2012, Photography
Even alone there is peace

Even alone there is peace

So much happened this year and so few moments did I actually capture. I can tell you so much about that, but I feel it first needs to become a piece of me. Had many doubts, conquered much, it proved not the end of my photography.

In reflection there is nostalgia

In reflection there is nostalgia

What I do know is that the year is nearly over, Christmas is close, and the Maya calendar was interpreted wrong my many. There was no doomsday. So no matter where you are, I wish you all a Happy Holiday. Love and respect each other.

Respect anyone

Respect anyone

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

It is not always what it seems

2012, Photography
Not really Siberia

Not really Siberia

Things are not always what it seems. I wrote several times about the Ricoh cameras I used, like the GRD3 and the GX200. From a photographer’s point of view these cameras are made for photographers. Some of the best user interface, the customization, you name it. Now these cameras are hard to acquire in most of the world and even here in the Netherlands you won’t find many stores with these cameras. Most reviews are in favor of these cameras although Ricoh’s cameras do use outdated technology, like the older sensors. Ricoh engineers however push their available technology to the max. I love these cameras, not because they are named after a copier. No, they are meant to use as a tool, a good tool.

Unfortunately though I experienced myself that these cameras comes with flaws. Not immediately, but after a while. I bought a GX100 in 2007, had that camera for a year, but could only use it for 9 months. The other months that camera was at the repair service. Dust in the lens, three times. Its replacement, the GX200, seemed to be a good deal. In the 1.5 years I had that camera I never had a problem with it. Although it performed flawless I never grew into that camera. I didn’t like the output for my B&W photography. I briefly had a GRD1, liked that camera a lot, but the autofocus gave problems at some point. The lens was front focusing, even to the point that snap mode didn’t work anymore. The GRD1 was replaced by the GRD3 I liked so much. While I still consider the GRD3 a perfect photographer’s camera I had several problems with it. The camera once stopped functioning and was replaced by another sample. With that camera, which I still have, the LCD screen was replaced (scratched surface), the lens was replaced (AF problem, misalignment and dust), and now the autofocus isn’t working properly. These current problems remind me of the AF problems I had with the GRD1.

I am noticing that I become hesitating of recommending or personally buying a new Ricoh camera. I guess I have had enough problems in the last five years with my cameras. Enough camera stuff too. The above photograph was taken near my hometown in surprisingly cold weather. The beautiful light, the fog, and the snow gave me a brief moment of joy.

Photograph by Wouter Brandsma