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Black hole, by photographer Fabian Oefner

The Black Hole series is so spectacular, it almost seems unreal… Yet the concept behind these vibrantly-coloured paint-splashes is actually quite simple.

Fabian Oefner, a 29-year old Swiss photographer who clearly likes to have fun with paint, created this series by dripping various shades of acrylic colours onto a metallic rod that was connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint started to move away from the rod, creating these amazing-looking images.

The motion of the paint happened in a blink of an eye, just milliseconds after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, Fabian connected a sensor to the drill, which sent an impulse to the flashes. These specialized units were capable of creating flashes as short as a 1/40000 of a second, freezing the motion of the paint.

Get a glimpse of the creative process here, but also be sure to take a look at more of Fabian’s projects. Some really beautiful work!

If you would like prints of his work, get in touch with him.

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From today’s “A Portrait Project”

It’s pretty difficult to maintain a 365 photo project when you work from 9-6, especially since the days aren’t so long yet and I like to take my photos outdoors, in the natural light.

Today, as I was rushing out of the office during my lunch break in hope of finding someone for ‘A Portrait Project’, I bumped into my colleague Elien, who happily agreed to be photographed. I took several shots of her and below is an edited compilation of the result, which I really like. I hope you do too! :)

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Swedish photographer Paul Hansen wins 56th World Press Photo

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Photographer Paul Hansen of the Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter has won the 56th World Press Photo for a very powerful image of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City.

Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father Fouad was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher.

View the entire collection of winning images from the 56th World Press Photo Contest here.

The winners were selected from over 100,000 images that were submitted by a total of 5,666 professional photographers from 124 countries in a number of categories: general and spot news, sports action and features, nature, people in the news, contemporary issues, daily life, portraits, arts and entertainment.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the photos live when they are exhibited at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, from 26 April 2013 – 23 June 2013. I’ve been going every year since 2009 and the photos have always amazed, inspired, surprised and shocked me.

The exhibition travels all over the world and is visited by two million people every year. I can’t recommend it enough. To see when there will be a World Press event in your city, check here.

Trotter, the fashionable French bulldog

Introducing Trotter, an adorable French bulldog with great style and a wardrobe anyone would be jealous of!

He stars in a fashion production created by his owner, Sonya Ya “professional food pornographer” from San Francisco.

I’m sure you’ll agree, this one-year old fashionista looks great in any outfit!

Enjoy his super cute portfolio!

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My Instagram: Pink morning sky

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Blow job by photographer Tadao Cern

Have you ever wondered what your face would look like if a powerful leaf blower was aimed at you? Well, Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern made it happen, resulting in some hilariously distorted facial expressions! You can see the complete series here.

Be sure to also watch the video with some scenes from the making of!

Best blow job ever? ;)

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Beautiful self-portraits by Olga Valeska

Stunning. Simply stunning. I really cannot get enough of these photos. They are all so beautiful, so colourful, so imaginative.

The photographer and subject in all of them is Olga Valeska, a 21 year-old literature student from France that discovered photography just over a year ago (a year!) and is completely self-taught. She does her own make-up, scenery, and costumes and uses a self-timer to take the portraits of herself. A one-woman studio!

What she loves about photography is that it allows her to combine the things she is passionate about, like painting, sculpting, drawing, and making costumes.

Sit back and take in all this beauty. Enter Olga’s mysterious, surreal, wondrous world…

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Drowning, by Alban Grosdidier

Hold your breath for this series!

Alban Grosdidier, a 22 year-old French photographer and graphic designer, equates the feeling of living in a big city to being immersed in water. His series “Drowning” is a beautiful metaphor about the diversity of emotions people face with city life and the impact they have on their psyche.

Beginning as a ESAG project in photography, under the supervision of photographer and art director Tom Kan, it was first presented on the banks of the river Seine in January 2012. The second part of the series was showcased in July 2012 on a rainy day along the canal Saint Martin. “The disintegration of the prints by the rain was a “Russian dolls” effect, answering to the use of water inside the portraits, emphasizing the act of drowning and showing by example how big city life can tear someone down.”

Fear, frustration, serenity, calmness, they’re all here. Let yourself feel them all through this wonderful series.

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Diane Arbus exhibition at Foam

Two weeks ago, I went to the Diane Arbus exhibition at the Foam Museum in Amsterdam. It did a major retrospective with 200 of Arbus’ bold and powerful photographs, including all of the artist’s iconic shots and many that have never been exhibited before in the Netherlands.

“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.” – Diane Arbus

What to say about her artistic legacy? A woman fascinated by the unusual, a frontrunner, she broke the boundaries of traditional portraiture, taking photos of people from the extreme margins of American society in the 50’s and 60’s. “Outsiders”, like circus side-show performers, mentally disabled adults, midgets, transvestites, eccentrics and nudists, placing them in the mainstream. Photos that many times are hard to look at, yet hard to look away from. And although only rarely does Arbus physically appear in her own photographs, it feels like emotionally she’s in most of them.

It was a truly amazing exhibition… I feel very lucky to have seen the work of such a pivotal figure in contemporary photography…

“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus

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3rd Amsterdam Photo Walk

Today I joined the Amsterdam Photo Walk for the first time! We went to NDSM Werf, in the north of the city, and it was great fun, despite the snow, the sub-zero temperatures and the aching fingers!

I started off by snapping away with my Nikon D90, but ended up playing with the new toy I bought, the Holga iPhone lens. It’s a rotating disk equipped with 9 special effect lenses and it is addictive! I highly recommend it!

Here are some of the shots I took, which I posted on Instagram.

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Stunning portraits by Marteline Nystad

I personally  think there is nothing more beautiful to photograph than the human face. Look at Marteline Nystad‘s portraits and you’ll understand why.

She is a very talented 22-year-old photography student from Oslo, Norway who is going in the direction of fashion/art direction.

She says: “I bought myself a Nikon D40 in 2008, and I was hooked”.

I am so happy I came across her photos and I hope to see more of her work. Simply mesmerizing!

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Flying Houses, by photographer Laurent Chehere

There is something magical and delightful about this series of photos. I guess you could say they are elevating, literally and metaphorically!

French photographer Laurent Chehere, who quit his job in advertising to embrace his two passions: travel and photography, was inspired by the architecture of Paris when creating this whimsical and surreal collection of floating homes, trailers, tents and cottages. He used traditional photography and digital manipulation to remove them from their original surroundings and set them against different backgrounds, adding beautiful details like birds and cables that make them feel like balloons, wandering in the skies.

See more of his work here.

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My Instagram: Frozen canal in Bruges

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Frozen Amsterdam

It’s been snowing and freezing cold the past couple of days in Amsterdam. Today’s weather reminded me of last year, when the canals froze, turning the city into an incredible winter wonderland!

I had spent an entire weekend walking around the city, taking photographs, trying to soak in all the beauty and enjoy the calm that comes from the sound of snow. I just realised I never posted those photos here (apart from some Instagram shots I took with my iPhone), so here are some of my favourites!

You can also view the entire set here. I hope you enjoy them!

Oh, and fingers crossed, we’ll get to ice-skate on the canals again this year!

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Private Moon, by photographer Leonid Tishkov

Be prepared to get moonstruck…

Russian photographer Leonid Tishkov‘s ongoing and evolving project is a visual poem that tells the story of a man who met the Moon and stayed with her the rest of his life.

Traveling around the world with his own private moon, Leonid doesn’t see this as a series, but as the performance of a lifetime.

“The world is beautiful around us, you just illuminate it with the light of poetry. And for me, the light of the moon is the perfect poetry.”

Sweet dreams… and enjoy the ride to the moon and back.

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Broken flowers, by photographer Jon Shireman

For his Broken Flowers series, photographer Jon Shireman soaked fresh flowers in liquid nitrogen for 30 minutes before smashing them into hundreds of little glass-like pieces. Displayed against a white background, the blooms look like floral fireworks!

The result is beautiful and quite unique.

Jon described the project as ‘Great fun’ and says ‘I like to turn the idea of traditional flower still lifes on its head sometimes’.

May they rest in pieces… :)

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The new Campari calendar with Penélope Cruz

Following a tradition that has included Jessica Alba, Selma Hayek, Eva Mendes and Milla Jovovich, Campari’s red, hot calendar girl for 2013 is Penélope Cruz.

Fashion photographer Kristian Schuller created a stunning series, centering the theme around superstition with Penélope Cruz walking under ladders and on cracks, opening umbrellas in a room, and looking into broken mirrors.

The 9,999 copies of the limited edition calendar are distributed internationally to the lucky few that receive it.

Enjoy an intensely beautiful, red visual voyage.

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Portraits of homeless people, by Lee Jeffries

When I first saw these portraits, I was blown away. Each face a story. So powerful, so impressive, so full of emotion…

They are the work of Lee Jeffries, a UK-based photographer, who started off his photography career by shooting sporting events. But a chance meeting with a young homeless girl in the streets of London not only changed his perception about homeless people, but also his artistic approach forever. He now travels around Europe and the US to find homeless people for his portraits, the main focus of his work, and makes an effort to get to know them a bit personally before taking their photos.

Jeffries uses his photography to draw attention to and raise funds for the homeless, posting the images to Flickr, selling his photos and Blurb book  and entering his work into competitions, where he has won many, well-deserved, awards.

A true inspiration…

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Crinoline Flowers, by photographer Sophia Banks

This stunning photo series, called Crinoline Flowers, was made as a visual representation of Sophia Banks‘ feelings about being transgender. When she made these photos, then known as Daryl Banks, she was nowhere near ready to come out and tell the public about her being a trans woman, but she courageously did so recently.

Her inspiration for the photos came while wandering around some vintage clothing stores in Toronto’s Kensington Market. The original series was photographed when she was taking a studio lighting class at Ryerson University. The photos were later re-shot for the Eckhart Gallery in higher resolution.

Enjoy!

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Startrails, by photographer Lincoln Harrison

Wow. Just wow. Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison‘s long exposure photography is simply magical. I honestly can’t get enough of his colourful swirls in the night sky, nor can I decide which Startrail is my favourite. I love them all! Incredibly enough, this inspired photographer bought his first ever camera only two years ago, with the intention of taking photos to sell things on eBay! It wasn’t long till he discovered he had a magnificent, unique talent!

Harrison spends many hours in very cold conditions to get the perfect shot of a naturally luminous and active starry night. He documents the natural fireworks in the night sky, aided by the earth’s rotation and time, that are invisible to the naked eye.

Amazing…

You can view the entire series here and buy his prints here.

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Scotch Tape, by photographer Wes Naman

In this creative photo series, Wes Naman manipulates the faces of his models in a funny, yet disturbing way! As he describes it on his own blog: “It’s pretty self explanatory… Full of deep meaning and metaphor, both negative and positive… a social commentary that defies all common sense.”

See the complete series here!

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My new photography blog: A Portrait Project

Back from my Asian adventure to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia! I documented each day by blogging at least one portrait of a person I met along the way for a 365 photography project I started on the occasion of this trip, called A Portrait Project.

This project is a way for me to share my encounters with people during my everyday life & travels, and a motivation to take at least one portrait every day, for one year.

Check it out!

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On the cover

That amazing moment when your photos are used for an NGO anniversary book. Here the front & back cover, by ME. :)))

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My instagram: Self portrait

Me, on vacation at one of the most beautiful Greek islands, Folegandros. I don’t think I have felt or looked more calm, ever… Pure bliss.

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Hartjesdagen 2012

Every year in August I love going to the Zeedijk for Hartjesdagen (Days of the Heart), which are celebrated with a lot of humor, cross dressing and fun. Hartjesdagen are famous for an ‘anything goes’ atmosphere with Amsterdam’s gay community taking a leading role. Here is one of my favourite characters this year! The full set can be found here.

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My Instagram: Prinsengracht concert rehearsal

Super excited! This year I got tickets for the Prinsengracht concert! Look out for me on TV! :)

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My instagram: Rainbow on Kerkstraat

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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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‘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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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.

Enjoy!

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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.

Chicago in sepia

One of my favorite photos from my most recent album Chicago in sepia with highlights from my trip to the windy city in May 2012.

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My instagram: Woman in red

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My instagram: World Press Photo 2012


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My instagram: Little girl

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My instagram: Winter wonderland

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