Document it

2013, Photography
Tumbling down

Tumbling down

The last two weeks passed by faster than expected and there was no time to pause, edit, and process my photographs. Through a conversation with a friend I have been thinking about my direction in photography. Currently I am not really in search of new goals. And although I do have some ideas I have decided to keep these for myself until it matures and I feel more comfortable with it. In the meantime I try to follow my friend’s advice and try to celebrate life.

Look closely

Look closely

Document life

Document life

The thing is, our lives matters. And it makes perfect sense to document these. We all have dreams, hopes, goals, and desires, yet what really matters is what you already have around you. Family, friends, maybe a pet, your camera. On the NY’s lens blog there was a great and honest story by Hiroyuki Ito remembering his cat. In between all the great issues of modern day life, politics, economics, this is worth to see.

Document life

Document life

Photograph 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