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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

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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Mellow stroll

2013, Photography

When you’re mellow and comfortable you take the things you feel and see differently. It can take the stress out your images. Life is grant.
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It makes you aware that so much can be framed.
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That you don’t need to see everything to understand what you’re seeing. Light and shadows can be so powerful.
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It even can bring you in a nostalgic mood again. Although the scenery in the Dutch city of Utrecht is quite nostalgic too. The city known for the peace and friendship treaties of Utrecht from 1713 that helped end the war against Spain.
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Reminds you too that you’re never alone on the street, always accompanied.
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No matter how obsolete the place even looks like.
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In two weeks I try to post my impressions of the Ricoh GR. Also soon I will post a series of photographs I took at the former industrial complex Zollverein in Germany. I posted a teaser on Flickr.

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