Monthly Archives: July 2012

My instagram: Introducing Blue

The new member in my typewriter family. Isn’t she beautiful?

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On assignment: Juju and Jordash

This weekend I got to do a shoot for electronica music duo Juju and Jordash and the German magazine, Groove. Here’s a sample of my work.

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The joy of reading – A photo set by Joel Robinson

I love books. And no matter how many I have, I can never get enough. Only yesterday I went to a bookstore with the intention of getting one, only one, but ended up leaving with five… They are just so beautiful… The way they look, feel, smell. And there is so much knowledge out there, so many words to be read, so many intellectual paths to follow… My desire to learn is just insatiable. E-books may make reading a bit easier, but call me old fashioned, when it comes to books, I love the weight of all that knowledge in my hands. :)

So, when one of my favorite sites, Brain Pickings, featured the work of Joel Robinson on the joy of reading, I was completely taken away. What an abundance of imagination, creativity and inspiration… Whether you are a bookaholic or not, you will immediately feel mesmerized by this set of photos. Stephen King said: “Books are uniquely portable magic”. I could have said the same for Joel’s pictures. They evoke those amazing feelings you experience when you enter the magical sphere of reading .

Visit’s Joel’s flickr page for even more concepts and themes to tickle your imagination or buy some of his work on etsy. What an amazing talent!

Timeless Vienna

I visited Vienna to celebrate Christmas and my birthday in 2011 and I finally got round to sorting through my photos 7 months later! Here is a taste of my trip. For the full set click here.

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On assignment: Vrouwenruimte De Kat

I’ve had the pleasure of doing some portraiture for the organization “Vrouwenruimte De Kat” in Amsterdam East, which helps women from diverse backgrounds build their self esteem and feel empowered. My pictures will be featured in their 30th anniversary book. Here are some of my favorites.

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My instagram: Catching bubbles

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Happy Birthday Gustav Klimt

Before my trip to Vienna in December last year, all I knew about Klimt more or less was his famous masterpiece “The Kiss”. I always thought it was beautiful and delicate, although a bit too commercialised. It wasn’t until I visited the Belvedere for the exhibition: Gustav Klimt / Josef Hoffmann: Pioneers of Modernism that I really got to know more about his stunning work and the Viennese Art Nouveau movement. It totally swept me off my feet… The colours, the subjects, the eroticism, the sensuality, the technique, the mystery were spellbinding and timeless…  I remember standing in awe in front of his work thinking that this man was truly a visionary and pioneer of his time. He is now one of my favourite artists…

On the occasion of Klimt’s 150th anniversary, many special exhibitions are taking place in Vienna. You can find out all the details on Klimt 2012 here.

Below are some of my personal favorites from all phases of his work.

Portrait of Johanna Staude (unfinished), 1917, oil on canvas, 70 x 50, at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

Lady with Fan, 1917, oil on canvas, 100 x 100, privately owned

Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl (unfinished), 1917, oil on canvas, 128 x 128, at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

The Girlfriends, 1916, oil on canvas, 99 x 99, destroyed by a fire set by retreating German forces in 1945 at Schloss Immendorf, Austria

Lady with a muff, 1916, oil on canvas, depository unknown 

The Virgins, 1913, oil on canvas, 190 x 200, at the National Gallery Prague

Portrait of Eugenia Primavesi, 1913, oil on canvas, 140 x 84, privately owned

Portrait of Mäda Primavesi, 1912, oil on canvas, 149,9 x 110,5, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Kiss, 1908, oil on canvas, 180 x 180, at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907, oil on canvas, 138 x 138, at the Neue Galerie New York

Poppy Field, 1907, oil on canvas, 110 x 110, at the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

Water Serpents II, 1904, oil on canvas, 80 x 145, privately owned

Portrait of Emilie Flöge, 1902, oil on canvas, 181 x 84, at the Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna

Judith I (and the head of Holofernes), 1901, oil on canvas, 82 x 42, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna

Hygieia (detail from Medicine), 1900, oil on canvas, destroyed by a fire set by retreating German forces in 1945 at Schloss Immendorf, Austria

Nuda Veritas, 1899, oil on canvas, 252 x 55,2, at the Österreichisches Theatermuseum, Vienna (the quote in the painting says: If you can’t please everybody with your deeds and your art please only few. To please many is bad. -Schiller).

“I have the gift of neither the spoken nor the written word, especially if I have to say something about myself or my work. Whoever wants to know something about me -as an artist, the only notable thing- ought to look carefully at my pictures and try and see in them what I am and what I want to do.”  

– Gustav Klimt

*Source of images: Gustav Klimt museum 

A tasty piece of art

I can’t say I’m a big fan of Piet Mondrian‘s geometrical and abstract art. A proponent of the “De Stijl” movement (which means “The Style” in Dutch), he only used primary colours and non-colours, squares and rectangles, straight and horizontal or vertical lines in his work, which to me personally, isn’t very engaging or inspiring. A bit too rigid, confined and rational for my liking, I would say.

However, when I stumbled upon a photo of a Mondrian cake made by Caitlin Freeman, the pastry chef at the cafe of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the reduction to the essentials of form and colour didn’t seem to matter any more. Art-inspired food is genius!

Now, the artoholic in me just wants to try this tasty piece of art! Which means that I will have to wait till my planned trip to San Francisco next year, unless I try to make it myself…

Given my baking history though (which is practically non-existent), perhaps I should start with something easier until I get better acquainted with my new Kitchen Aid mixer! Something like the Mondrian sandwich, which I also found after a bit of research into edible art. And yes, the sandwich in the photo contains some green, which Mondrian would never ever use, but you could replace that part with blue cheese, if you must stick to the rules. Although a bit of artistic freedom and thinking outside of ‘the box’ wouldn’t hurt, don’t you think?

‘Women Are Heroes’ photo project

“Women Are Heroes” is a massive, truly inspired, photo project by French guerilla street artist, JR, who traveled to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Kenya, Brazil, India and Cambodia to seek out women struggling in their everyday lives and, in his words, “take their stories around the world.”

He convinced hungry, traumatized women in conflict zones to let him plaster their mural-size portraits into their own communities, on the sides of buildings, on trains, on bridges, thus bringing a haunting human presence to harsh environments of social conflict.

He photographed them and recorded their stories of rape, poverty, HIV, alienation, and loss. He asked them about their hopes and dreams, their regrets and desires. He shared these photos and stories in a video and a book.

A simple, yet so impactful idea that celebrates the worth of the individual, turning photographic portraits into a powerful medium for change and outdoor spaces into art galleries for people, who may never have set foot in one before.

JR won the 2011 TED Prize, where he voiced his audacious wish for art to “turn the world inside out”, inviting people to take part in his project Inside Out.

As the website mentions, this is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually…

What are you waiting for? ;)

My instagram: North Sea Jazz 2012

See you again next year! Till then, i’ll be listening to this year’s cool playlist on Spotify!

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Madonna concert!

My third attempt to see Madonna live was successful and she didn’t disappoint! Sure, I would have liked a few more of her old songs and I did think the concert ended a bit abruptly, but overall it was quite an impressive show. There goes one more thing off my bucket list! :)

One of the best parts of the concert was when she sang “Nobody knows me” with a very artistic video in the background that puts the spotlight on current world issues, like intolerance, violence, prejudice and discrimination. Using the power of music she got a very strong message across, with the added bonus of a nice creative touch.

Beautiful Stockholm

Stockholm had been on the top of my ‘European cities to visit’ list for a long time. I finally got to visit this past April and it didn’t disappoint.

Here is a sample of photographs I took. The full set can be found here.


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Outside Central Station 

Gröna Lund

City view

Outside the Moderna Museet

Lego creativity – Part 2

After its success with cartoon characters and the print campaign called “Imagine”, Lego and the advertising agency Jung von Matt did it again with the Euro 2012 teams that made it to the semifinal!

My favorite is Italy and the Balotelli lego character!

Lego creativity – Part 1

I have one word for you: Brilliant! This is what I call creativity at its best!

Can you guess who they are?

Credits: Lego print campaign “Imagine”, advertising agency Jung von Matt, Hamburg, Germany

Scroll over the images for the answers! ;)


Can you spot the social media faux pas? (Illustration: Kyle T. Webster)

Let’s face it. Technology has become an indispensable part of our everyday life. The thought of losing our smartphone creates instant panic, forgetting it at home brings on deprivation symptoms and it is hard to imagine how life would be without the internet. Well, at least for most of us.

And yes, we’re still learning and adjusting to this new reality that has radically changed our society and the way we think and act, but there are rules. They may be unwritten, but they exist. We’ve all witnessed improper techtiquette and gotten annoyed by it.

My personal pet peeves are people who talk very loudly on their phones in public spaces, or who play games/listen to music on their  device without using headphones…

But what about social media and party techtiquette? What happens when Facebook, Twitter and Instagram crash your party? What rules do you live by, and wish others lived by?

Here are a couple of tips from the Wall Street Journal:

1. Don’t clutter up serving areas with smartphones.

2. Avoid capturing bad behavior and tagging the person on Facebook.

3. No elbows on or Skyping at the table!

4. Stack smartphones on the table to force everyone to participate in dinner conversation.

5. Send signals—or scold—to discourage loud phone conversations if you’re the host.

6. Designate a party hashtag to help keep track of party tweets and photos on Instagram.

7. Suggest that guests leave phones in a basket by the door.

8. Ask before creating a public listing of a private residence on Foursquare.

Any more to suggest?

Spencer Tunick: naked photography tales

Photography by Spencer Tunick © for Dream Amsterdam Foundation in 2007.

Artist Spencer Tunick has been documenting the live nude figure in public, with photography and video, since 1992. Since 1994 he has organised over 75 temporary site-specific installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick’s installations encompass dozens, hundreds or thousands of volunteers; and his photographs are records of these events. The individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure one’s views of nudity and privacy. The work also refers to the complex issue of presenting art in permanent or temporary public spaces.

Conquer your fears. Dare. Change.

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”                      -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I get inspired every time I watch this video. I just found out it is actually a TV commercial called ‘Miedos’ by the agency Leo Burnett, made for Saga Falabella, Peru in 2007.

Great photography, spectacular music* and a very strong message.

Conquer your fears. Dare. Change.

*Music: ‘Summer’ from Antonio Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’