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Recap

2016, Photography

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It felt like ages, but I finally got back to my blog. I missed it, honestly, but I had just too much on my mind. Photography was not one of my main priorities.

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I did see things on my daily commute though.

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I can’t believe it though that I took photographs each day last year. I guess lots of things happened. Probably too much.

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I’m still coping with that. I’m just glad I actually saw and felt moments that caught my attention.

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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Gradually

2016, Photography

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Nothing is obvious. I said so before and will likely repeat that again and again. I thought I would be taking more photographs again. When life evolves around the basic things even passion can take a break. And a long break it is.

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These photographs are some of the few I took in the previous months. Back to basics I guess. My commute, keeping things simple. It is good to keep things simple. Gradually I’m appreciating that again. To balance life.

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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Week 73 | 2015

2015, 2016, Photography, Project
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Day 469 – December 27, 2015

I’ve seen people posting their 2015 lists, favs, and musings. Last year for me felt like a very uncomfortable and pretty dramatic year and I rather prefer to look ahead instead. A former colleague committed suicide, a dear photographer passed away, I had my health issues and my son got a stroke. At times it was all too much, but taking photographs helped me to find distraction at times. Sometimes I wished I would have been able to continue doing so every day, but I’m still OK with that.

I don’t try to have any plans or resolutions for this new year. From experience I know there is always something differently happening. I should better try to life every moment and be aware how precious these moments can be.

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Day 470 – December 28, 2015

I missed the feeling of learning something new again, so I started to film. Wondering if a few seconds footage would add something to a brief moment. While film might add motion to a moment, a photograph, to me, still has more than just that less then a second capture. There is the deliberate and subconscious thinking before and after a moment. It is not only seeing, but also feeling a moment happening. I wondered whether film would add more of that thoughtfulness, but for now I get the impression I film like I photograph. I do like keeping the filming for myself now. Still something of learning, experimenting, failing, and hoping to succeed sometime.

While I love photography, and love to see work by others, I’m having more and more problems with how photography evolves into a process. A process were technique seems to matter most. Where even a Magnum photographer I admire shares his work with a camera brand hashtag. Where the most popular photography websites only share reviews, business related news, and popular viral stuff. Sure, even I admit that techniques matters to photography. Like the camera matters to the photographer, but there is so much more to photography.

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Day 471 – December 30, 2015

Distortion however doesn’t come from the outside I think, but from within us. Sure, somewhere there is an absolute reality, but the reality we life in is formed by what we like and dislike. Or what we should like or dislike formulated in lists and the number of likes. We might be appalled by the amount of crap on the internet, but don’t seem to be able to be more selective about what to see and read. Maybe we try to hard to seek recognition for the choices we make and try to find common peers.

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Day 472 – January 2, 2016

So I try to keep doing what I love to do. Taking photographs for myself. In my pace, with my gear, my priorities, my feelings. I refuel myself to cope with the new deal in our family. Refuel myself to see and feel new moments. Peace and all the best for 2016.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Week 71 | 2015

2015, Photography, Project
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Day 458 – December 13, 2015

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Day 459 – December 14, 2015

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Day 460 – December 15, 2015

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Day 461 – December 16, 2015

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Day 462 – December 17, 2015

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Day 463 – December 18, 2015

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Day 464 – December 19, 2015

There is so much in life we take for granted, but doing so is not always that fair towards those who have or had to struggle. Three days ago I saw a mid aged Syrian couple walking with their young daughter in my hometown, there is a refugee center located here. We take freedom and safety pretty much for granted, but their faces, looking old, deep blue circled wrinkles deep as tranches around their eyes were sorrow reminders for me that your and my freedom and safety comes at a price for others. And all I can do is wonder what is going in their minds. Those their kid still have a future like ours?

There is so much in life we take for granted, but my son mourned last week over the loss of a perfectly functioning left arm. Maybe some functions will recover after his stroke. While he is working hard on walking again his arm doesn’t show that promising progress. And all I can do is wonder what is going in his mind. Those he still have a future like ours?

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Week 70 | 2015

2015, Photography, Project
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Day 451 – December 6, 2015

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Day 452 – December 7, 2015

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Day 453 – December 8, 2015

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Day 454 – December 9, 2015

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Day 455 – December 10, 2015

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Day 456 – December 11, 2015

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Day 457 – December 12, 2015

1.5 weeks after my son had a stroke he was transferred from the academic hospital to a rehabilitation hospital. He is already able to walk a bit and lift up his left leg. The future is still uncertain and we, and he in particular, try to cope with this situation. Yet, we have seven more days of progress. And that is the best there is.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma