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Expectations

2014, Photography

Often we all have different expectations, sometimes even none. The thing is it to see beyond these expectations. Last week I read a blog post on LensWork Daily commenting the “use” of grain in Sebastião Salgado’s landscape photographs published in his book Genesis. The blogger thought it seemed uncomfortably out of place in landscape photographs. He wished the images didn’t suffer from such a flaw. It is however the writer’s personal expectation to see landscape photographs without grain, because it is technically possible. And sure Salgado might realize that too, but he sets his own standards and aesthetics. Should grain only be expected in street photographs? Should every detail, like foliage be noticed? Why do we tend to think so obvious and based on expected standards when it comes to photography genres?

I haven’t been posting many photographs lately and I decided to take it slow on that for the upcoming time. There is just a lot on my mind. Here a small collection of photographs from some recent visits to Amsterdam.

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photograph, photography, stroll photography, street photography, amsterdam, wouter brandsma. ricoh gr, black and white

photograph, photography, stroll photography, street photography, amsterdam, wouter brandsma. ricoh gr, black and white

photograph, photography, stroll photography, street photography, amsterdam, wouter brandsma. ricoh gr, black and white

photograph, photography, stroll photography, street photography, amsterdam, wouter brandsma. ricoh gr, black and white

photograph, photography, stroll photography, street photography, amsterdam, wouter brandsma. ricoh gr, black and white

photograph, photography, stroll photography, street photography, amsterdam, wouter brandsma. ricoh gr, black and white

photograph, photography, stroll photography, street photography, amsterdam, wouter brandsma. ricoh gr, black and white

All photographs 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

Joined idiocy

2011, Photography

Last Saturday I went with four other photography friends to Amsterdam. It was a meet up with some photographers I know from exchanging mail, blogging, flickr, twitter, or facebook. These kind of meet ups are always very good fun and very meaningful. You learn so much by observing others. It provides a wonderful opportunity to share our joy, fun, knowledge, doubts, to learn each other, and to basically have a good time.

We started at the World Press Photo exhibition in the Oude Kerk which is located in the (in)famous red light district of Amsterdam. As usual many of the photographs at the venue showed many human tragedies. Some intriguing, some horrible. I absolutely believe there is a necessity for this news and documentary photography, but I can understand too that for many it becomes too much. At the exhibit I was fascinated by Tomasz Gudzowaty’s essay about the Mexico’s Car Frenzy.


With the seriousness of the news and documentary photography at the exhibition it becomes apparent for me what a difference all photographers can make. Documenting normal life, with street photography for instance, gives the normality in all it’s facades a place to be appreciated too.

After the exhibition we went to an Irish pub for a drink and on a walkabout through Amsterdam in the afternoon.


Doing this outing was a good break from my ‘Photography a Day project‘. With this project there is a lot of emotional involvement going on and doing it everyday can put a strain on me at times. Getting out and doing something different can provide me the change to reset myself, so I enjoyed every minute with these photographers.

Thank you Arjan Aanraad, Björn Utpott (and Lindsey), Piet Osefius, and Pim Bonten for the extraordinary day.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Amsterdam waiting

2011, Photography

The weekend before I went with a friend to Amsterdam with two objectives. First to see a W. Eugene Smith exhibition and secondly to do some street photography. The exhibition was amazing and it proved so well why Eugene Smith is the master of the photography essays. But for street photography it was even better. We come from the province so Amsterdam is full of action and good opportunities. The process of observing, understanding, to see intimacy, and learning to find the moment, is fantastic and one of the great charms of street photography to me.

When reviewing my photographs from Amsterdam I again noticed how often we wait. And the waiting moments can be very interesting.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma