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Time helps

2013, Photography

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I can drive 80 km/h, look down deep, but it helps to take time. Time to breath, to think, to rest, to continue.

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After my previous post I gave it some extra thoughts how I want to proceed with my blog and what I want to do with the older blog posts. It is certainly tempting to host the blog myself outside the wp dot com environment (thanks Jorge for your thoughts on that subject), but I don’t really have the means (especially the finances) to do so. In the last week I also had several discussions with others on how I want to continue with my blog, and what is happening in the blogosphere. Also I had some good exchanges on photography with fellow photographer Josh White.

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I find it interesting that other bloggers try to figure out what to do with their published stuff. Much gets covered by new posts and images, and what we did gets easily forgotten. I think it is not about rewriting our past, I truly think a blog often echoes a personal diary, but more about restructuring it and make it more easily accessible. Even if I would decide to migrate my blog to a self hosted platform, the restructuring would allow to reduce the number of posts and stored photographs.

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The brief moment of reconsideration in the last week also helped me forward in photographing every day again like I did in 2011. While that may seem clueless at first, I found that particular time after all one of the more liberating periods in my photography. Completely unlimited by gear and techniques (sure they are relevant, but became irrelevant through experience and knowledge at some time) only restricted by my personal feelings. I mean, after 72 weeks consecutively photographing I couldn’t remember taking photographs until I reviewed them later on. At that time, last year, it was a shocking experience. The results however have become quite unique documents to me after struggling with that shocking feeling for some time.

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In essence, that is for me my stroll photography. My first photo book, Saudade, was about reliving that. I want to work on a similar book for next year though. Some of my blog posts will turn in one form or another into that new book. I’m pretty excited to work on that and it really fits with how I described my feelings in my previous post.

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Don’t forget your work, let it breave and remember that time helps. Time and looking back, helps appreciating the road forward.

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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Longing, dreaming and desires

2013, Photography

There is the present, the past, and the future. The glue for me to that is longing, dreaming, desire, and even wishful thinking.

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Longing away

I long for taking more photographs. I desire to be making better photographs. And since today I dream of that new Ricoh GR. Or maybe it all is just wishful thinking. I don’t know. What I do know is that I need to give a big cheer to Don Springer and Olivier Duong for their new e-magazine ‘Insprired Eye‘. Really check this out and make sure to subscribe. For $20 you can help them forward and make it your photography magazine too.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Response

2009, Photography

I feel free to express myself and I enjoy the privileges and joy’s of the freedom and peace I live in.  Growing up in the Netherlands I learned my country as an open minded and liberal society. Article one in the Dutch constitution mentions:

Equality before the law and prohibition of discrimination

This article forbids any discrimination on any ground but allows affirmative action. The right is absolute and cannot be limited by law.

I am concerned though by the increasing tendencies to populism in Europe, and the Netherlands is unfortunately no exception in my opinion. That is also why I published the previous post. I am amazed and shocked when I am accused of being ignorant and not willing to open my eyes, because that is how I felt after this.  I don’t want to see the future of our children being destroyed like what happened to the futures of children during World War II, Rwanda, or in former Yugoslavia.

So I leave with this as my response and remembrance.

Remember the past