We all work hard and once in a while we have to go outside. Away from our desks, computers and TV’s. Once in a while we have to go somewhere else. Another world, another country or another city. And that’s why we invented the holidays. So you have time to do something else. Somewhere else.
Fuji X100, 1/5sec, F5.6, ISO1600, edited in snapseed
But the strange thing is though, somewhere else, we all do the same. Every time. Even at the Christmasfair in Dusseldorf. We drink booze, eat fastfood and buy all the crap we can.
Happy Holidays, everybody 🙂
We were having lunch. And he was sitting outside, having a beer. It looked like an old lonely man. Having a beer, all by himself. Heading for a cold, dark and lonely Christmas. But it turned out different.
Fuji X100, 1/10sec, F2.8, ISO1600, edited in snapseed
After a couple of minutes somebody came directly to him, shook his hand and walked away. Within a few minutes the same thing happened again. Different guy, same handshake. Once in while he took out his iPhone (4 or 4S) and swiped a little. Then another guy and another handshake. This happened 6 or 7 times. I’m sure this distinguished man is the Godfather of Dusseldorf.
We went for Dusseldorf, Germany. For the annual Christmasfair in the center of the city. Of course we’re travelling with our Camper. It’s nice to know for sure we’ll sleep in our own bed. One thing is never for sure. Where we park our bed for the night.
Fuji X100, 1/2sec, F2.8, ISO3200, edited in snapseed
We left home at 3:00pm. Instead of 1:00pm. So when we arrived at Dusseldorf it was dark outside. Really dark. So we took a wrong exit, made a 12km detour, discovered a closed camper-parking, a closed campsite and that Dusseldorf is one big no-parking-zone.
Then we headed for a golfcourse. Closed but accesable. I’m not sure at which hole we are parked. But it’s a damn fine spot to get some diner and some sleep. 🙂
There is an amazing building in Antwerpen. It’s called the ‘Stadsfeestzaal’. The city hall of party. It’s huge and it has an amazing wooden floor. It also has two long balconies at both long sides of the hall. A great spot to look at the world from above.
I was there on a Saturday. A busy Saturday. A lot of people. I was shooting people from the balcony. That was fun. People going in all directions. Alone, as a couple or as a group.
And then there was this group as shown in the picture. They didn’t belong together. They were just standing very close to each other. Looking in different directions. It’s like they posed for the picture. A few seconds later the picture was gone. The world seen from above looks funny and changes very fast.
When Paul and I went to Antwerpen for a great day of photography, this train was waiting for us at the Roosendaal station. The sign said it would bring us to Antwerpen. We had our doubts.
The train looked like it would never leave that spot again. Ever. The doors were open. Probably because they couldn’t close anymore. There were rust and dust everywhere.
So we got in. What else to do? Inside it was okay. Nice chairs and it was clean. Clean enough. And while we were talking about Fuji camera’s the train suddenly started to make some noise. The doors closed. And the thing started to move. Everything went well. The train actually stopped in Antwerpen. And we were able to get off the train. Amazing!
This really old and ugly beast did his job. And we paid six Euro for the ride. That’s a bargain. Thank you train. And sorry. I should have known better. It’s not all about the outside. It’s the inside that matters 🙂
Today it was still a holiday. So we went for a walk and some food to Heusden. Heusden is around the corner from where we live. It’s a lovely little town. It has also a little harbor. The weather was great and we had a great dinner. But the magic happened on the way back to the car.
First I spotted some ducks in the water. They were… actually, I have no clue what they were doing. They were diving or snorkeling or looking for sunken ships. I really don’t know. The only thing I could see was their butts pointing towards the sky. And because of that, I looked up. It was a sign. They wanted to make me look up the sky. But ducks don’t have a pointing finger. So they point with their butt. I guess.
The sky was awesome. Clouds, the sun, reflections all over the place… it was stunning.
You can see a lot when you look up. Sometimes with the help of some ducks. 🙂
It’s cloudy. And I like that. Not the rain or storm. Just the clouds. Blue skies are… just blue. But clouds make the sky alive.
There are these white fluffy cotton-candy-like clouds. White fluffy clouds in a blue sky make the world a… uh… a piece of candy. A sweet must have big blue marble.
And there are these dark grey threatening clouds. They make the world a thriller. The way I like it. Especially above open water these clouds makes you feel… tiny and vulnerable. And look at that boat. He’s flooring it to get out of there.
To be honest I helped the story a little bit with some dramatic spices and HDR flavour. I have a lot of fun with ‘cooking’ a picture like that. Photography is not just trying to replicate the world on a pixel-level precision-ness. (Is that a word?) Photography is also giving birth to stories. Uh.. that’s an awkward sentence you don’t wanna have a picture of.
Anyway… for me, it’s all about the creative process. Scouting the scenery, taking the picture and creating something with it. For tomorrow I’m thinking of something green!