The value of photography

Photography has been a large part of my life ever since I got my first camera a few years ago. I wanted to have an SLR, but could never afford one. One day, passing a pawn shop, I found an analogue Minolta camera, and this opened up the world to photography to me. Now, a little while and a lot of learning from mistakes later, I realised the value of photography to me. Here’s what I think.

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Photography helped me slow down a lot. I started looking at the world more carefully, started noting colours and tones and appreciated everything a lot more.

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Using cameras, learning to use a whole new object from nothing and setting the shutter speed and aperture taught me that not everything has to succeed first try. Failing can be a lot more useful, as long as you try to learn what you did wrong.

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Photography allowed me to appreciate new things. Styles I never thought I would like, colours I never enjoyed and methods I never dared to use. I never thought I would like black and white. I never thought I would like street photography. I was wrong, and reading experiences and trying things made me change my mind.

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I can now capture more than an image. In the location above, for example, I always loved the lighting but I would have never been able to capture the feeling of that tunnel if I had never learned to use cameras properly. Photography can capture more than an image, it can capture moods, feelings and true emotions.

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Photography is also fun in day to day life, being able to capture those important to you in a certain way, in poses that express their personalities and with expressions that are dear to you.

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Photography is the art of patience, appreciation and looking. These are all things that we can learn a lot about in modern society, and photography almost turns into a philosophy, a way of life, in the way it influences and calms your mind. I have become a generally more patient person and I appreciate art and styles that I would have previously ignored a lot more than I would have ever thought.

The whole world is beautiful, unfortunately everyone moves to fast to notice it.

What are your thoughts? Do you have similar experiences? Love to hear them.

– Robin

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Some Dutch scenes

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These photos were taken today, August 15th 2018, with Chris van Keulen in Leiden. Thank you for having a look, I hope you enjoy my work.

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An artist at work
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Waiting
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One of my favourite places
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Liked this one
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Intense
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Love being at the wrong side of a ‘no entry’ sign

Thank you for looking at my work, follow my instagram or Chris‘ for more awesome photography.

Love,

Robin.

My first bit of Black and White

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I have never liked black and white photography, I have always thought that it was a way to be able to ignore focussing on colours. I thought that it was lazy. I finally tried making some black and white photos once I got my Leica X1.

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My first black and white

Boy, was I wrong

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Wonderful

It is actually quite hard to get background separation with a 35mm lens.

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Street photography

Having to focus not on colours, but tones and brightness is so different from anything I have ever tried!

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Shaded from the sun

Yep, I like it.

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Bearding off

I would recommend that, if you haven’t tried black and white, to go out and shoot it. It’s pretty great, and the classic style is amazing!

Thank you for reading

Robin 🙂

 

 

New old camera

Hey all! I recently got a new (old) Leica X1, an old compact camera Leica made. It is so much fun to shoot with, the tonality in black and white made me finally understand this style. Though the colored photos are amazing too. Have a look!

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My first street photograph which felt like a real street photo to me
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Really like this one
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Nicely minimal
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A big one to end off with

Shooting with the Leica X1 is fun, especially with a 2 GB card, the slow operating and the limited card space makes it feel like a day out with film. Fun times!

Thank you for reading 🙂

-Robin

P.s

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Those colors though

The pond at the court

Shot with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III and the Lumix 25mm f/1.7

Shot at the pond next to the court in the Hague, think of the underlying message what you wish. To me it is a beautiful contrast between pollution, the waste, order, the court, and beauty, the swan. Leave a comment with your thoughts, would love to hear!

Greets,

Robin.

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