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18 March 2008 - I've added the portraits I made in Luka and Smash Block to the Two Townships series. It may be a bit of a long series this way, but I thought it best to keep the people in context - and I still think it's worth your while. Here it is in a Flash presentation.

13 March 2008 - In South-Africa we spend a couple of days trying to get an impression what life is like for people working in the platinum mines around Rustenburg and in Limpopo. These polute their environment to dig up precious metals that help clean up your environment: the platinum group metals are used in the catalysors in our cars. The undertaking brings in enormous profits for the mining companies and their shareholders. Very little of the profits flow back into the communities.
Hopefully these photo's bring across some of what we saw.

26 February 2008 - has celibrated it's fifth birthday last January. On the 30th, to be precise. Furthermore, it's also round about five years ago that I started publishing photographs and that I started doing so daily. So it's a lustrum, and one I didn't expect to see. A lot has happened in these five years. Some of it, you had the possibility witnessing in my photographs. What started out as just a form of self-administered discipline in order to improve my photography, evolved into my window on (street)life in Amsterdam, and a bit further down the road into your window on my personal life and my family life.
So... What's next? I'm guessing another five years. As far as I know, I have been doing this longer and more consistently than anyone else in the world. Can't let that go to waste, now can I.
What I would like to do, is improve the interface, and make the photographs more accessible. For that, I will likely need a database. And I don't know how you use one of those on a website - yet. Given time and, especially, financial means, I will look into this. Maybe it's time I go courting some sponsors and advertisers...

In the mean time: Cheers! And thanks for visiting! Keep watching this space!

12 February 2008 - I have added the South-African pictures to the photo of the day series. Further additions will undoubtedly follow. Click here for the same series as a Flash-slideshow.
11 February 2008 - Here is the second series of South-African pictures. Instead of having to decide each and every day whether a Lara picture should be the Photo of the Day, I selected a Lara photo of every day and turned them into Lara's Suid-Arikaanse dagboekie. For all grandparents and aunts and uncle's and any other die-hard Lara fans out there. Click here. Click here for the same series as a Flash-slideshow.

07 February 2008 - Fear not, you loyal visitors. De picture of the day-series is alive and kickin'. It's just that working through all the photo's I made in South-Africa takes a little doing. But I'm sort of half way. Within the next copuple of days or so, I will start publishing the PotD's of the last couple of weeks. First I want to select all of the photo's that are worth your time.

But since I can't keep you waiting for too long, here's a little series I took during a church service in tiny village somewhere in the South-African country side near Rustenburg. Enjoy, and make sure you come back for the rest. Click here for the same series as a Flash-slideshow.

09 August 2007 - Frankly, my slideshows were getting a bit old. I still think HTML should suffice. But I thought it was time for some changes. So I got me a slideshow plugin and reworked my slideshows into Flash. They are accessible throught the menu on the left. Hope you like it. And what about that black backdrop, ey?
14 September 2006 - Whether or not you read French, if you you are a Leica fan, you should have a look over here. The - o, so digital - Leica M8 is here. At least they got the looks right.
13 September 2006 - Lately, I've been directing my attention solely to the Dutch pages of this site. Sorry about that! But since my daily photograph of Amsterdam-East is the core business of my wimdows on the world anyway, it shouldn't matter much anyway. So, keep watching!
05 August 2006 - Wimdows returns from a summer break. I spent some time in France. I'm working hard on getting the pictures online.
Plans for the future: to get discovered.
05 April 2006 - Panoramic photographs are fun and can be very interesting, but at the same time they are laboreous and difficult to produce properly. And even more important, you shouldn't make them by the copy and paste method, you should instead use the proper camera (like this one or this one).
Still, last December in Mexico I made one panaroma of the copy/paste variety that can stand the light of day; in a Bob Ross sort of way, that is. Enjoy!
10 February 2006 - Selecting 32 Pictures of the Day upon arriving home from a trip is not a mean feat and takes some reflecting. But finally the series is complete. As always, I have been completely honest and selected a best or most befitting photograph per day - just like I do at home. Here you find the Mexican series in chronological order.
A selection of the best pictures from Mexico, independent of date, will follow shortly.
26 January 2006 - There are 23 pictures from Mexico now, among them a first glimpse of we the gorgeous granite we stumbled across during a walk along the beach.
25 January 2006 - Finally there is some movement on those Mexican Pictures of the Day. Here's 21 (of 32).
13 January 2006 - The Mexico pictures are trickling in. As per usual the selecting takes far more time than the making. Day for day I will fill the gap in the Picture of the Day series ranging from December 9 to January 10. If you want to keep a check on things, click this link for just the Mexican Pictures of the Day.
23 November 2005 - Photography in a Star Trek stylie. At least, that's how you could call it, this ever-in-focus plenoptic camera from Stanford, USA. And it isn't too difficult to imagine its inventor, Ren Ng, chatting away with Wesley Crusher on the bridge of the Enterprise.
Basically it's quite simple, really. Just like is the case with dogs, usually it's easy to tell where they have been. Unfortunately regular cameras ignore most of the information that is contained in a light beam; they can tell how much of dog there is and whether it comes in red, blue or green, but that is about it. A plenoptic camera sniffs those fotons more thorougly and, in doing so, behaves much more like a whole row of traditional cameras put behind one another. In analogical terms: the camera doesn't just use one slide per picture, it uses a whole stack of them, and each and every one of them is in focus.
As a consequence, you don't take home a two-dimensional matrix of data (ever heard of Ministeck?), nor a three-dimensional one (as in 'traditional' digital camera), you leave with a four-dimensional array. So you can Photoshop exactly where you want your focus and the depth of it afterward. In the shops for a reasonably amount of money within 10 years or so, I would guess.
"Captain, I re-alined the sensor grid, so I could put the put data through a harmonic Fourier analysis and extract a 4d spatial focal representation of the scene." "Thank you, Data. On screen!" "And might I add, I find them very nice holiday snaps, Captain."
The key to it all lies in Fourier-analyses, without a doubt one of the handiest mathematical reasoning ever to have been discovered, and as such one of the pillars underneath our IT-world. And don't worry about not getting it all. Your ear and brain continously apply something similiar to Fourier-analysis for extracting information from vibrating air molecules. So can never be entirely over your head.
07 November 2005 - On October 17th I mentioned that one of my photos had been nominated for a DigitalOutback portfolio competiton. Meanwhile the results are in, and I can tell you that - even without a massive mobilisation of friends, family and aquaintances - I made it into the final Top 5.
Somewhat flattering I find the fact that my picture is the only one in the Top 5 that was made with a digital compact camera; all the other price winners used a digital reflex camera.
27 October 2005 - The best thing about thorougly changing ones career goals periodically, is that it offers you ample opportunity to explore and discover. Take the work of photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, for instance... I stumbled across his work today, because it is on display in London currently. Araki's work is a subtle mixture of arts held together by the medium of photography. As an avid people, street and flower photographer I can not but enjoy Araki's pictures very much.
Any similarities between parts of his work and mine have so far, of course, been coincidental and fully unintentional; future ones might not be. If, say, nudity was to appear on this site, you know who to blame.

17 October 2005 - Nominations boost your confidence, I noticed earlier today. My submission for a photo contest on the theme of 'yellow', as organized by Digital Outback Photography has made it thru the prelimenaries!
Now it's up to Digital Outback's visitors to make their pick from a selection of thirty. My photo is stuck somewhere in the righthand bottom of the gallery page. But it's the only one with a person in it, so I am expecting at least a few votes.

Of course your support would be more than welcome. So, here's my humble request: vote for me!!!

07 October 2005 - There is gore galore on the world wide web. After reading a very interesting article by Nickel van Duijvenboden on gruesome imagery on the internet, I was able to extend my Top 10 of rancid places on the internet into a Dirtiest Dozen. You will find the list on my Backsite (click on the little toilet on the bottom).
You will find the article here - it's Dutch only I'm afraid.
21 September 2005 - Edward Burtynsky is a landscape Photographer. As sharp as Ansel Adams, photographed natural landscapes, Burtynsky documents how man misshapes landscapes. For over 25 years he has been treating his subject matter in a way that is not unlike the way war photographers treat theirs.
Few reasons to be cheerfull here, but there sure is some sort of beauty to be found. Somehow befitting the first day of Autumn.
16 September 2005 - Here's a bit of a scoop for To be honest, the credit goes to Photovillage, 'cause that's the camera store that - accidentally or on purpose, who knows - published a picture of the new Leica to be, the D-lux 2. The D-lux series are Leica's pocket camera's. The first D-lux was actually Panasonic's FX1 in a Bauhaus shell, the latest is a not so extreme makeover of

the LX1, Panasonic's camera with 16:9 sensor.
Meanwhile the product shot has disappeared from the Photovillage website. And from the Leica forum onto which an attentive forum member had posted it. The moderator was pretty quick at removing the offending item. Twice. Because he had to do it again after I reposted it, accompanied by the question as to why it had been removed in the first place. To be sure: I received a polite and friendly email explaining the whole procedure.
I can fully understand and appreciate that Leica wants to maintain a clean forum. On the other hand, the D-lux 2 is just a tad to hot and handsome to be lingering unseen on my hard disk. So I cannot but share it with you.
Just don't tell Leica!

08 September 2005 - Electronics manufacturer Sony as of yet does not offer a digital single lens reflex (d-slr) camera. Sony has promised, together with Konica-Minolta, to introduce a 4/3"-camera with interchangeable lenses by the spring of 2006. Today Sony has put an axe to the whole slr market.
Meet the R1. A compact with a zoom lens, nothing remarkable about that. Except that the R1 sports an APS-sized sensor. Just as large as the sensor in the bulk of d-slrs out there. And with that there comes an end to all the whining (about noise, lacking higher iso-values, and too much depth of field) that befell the digital compact camera up till now. Image quality need no longer be an argument against buying a compact.
Lens quality was never the issue, to be sure. On the contrary. The lenses on the most expensive compacts always have been faster, more versatile and had a better value for money than the stuff they give away kitwise with a starters slr. The greatest advantage is and has always been that in a compact the lens and the sensor have been co-developed, whereas owners of a prosumer slr have to make do with lenses that have been developed for full size or even analog media. Other disadvantages of slr's: dust on the sensor, not having the option of checking lighting conditions beforehand, and, of course, those noise mirrors.
With the introduction of the R1, the rumour that Ricoh might be about to introduce compact with an APS-sensor (by Sony) and fixed 28mm prime lens, has gained in credibility. It figures: Sony gets the first in the zoom segment, Ricoh can have it's prime compact. More on the GRD, as per September 13th.
Now that really would be something! Because, I might have been talking 'compact' a lot, this Sony is not particularly small. 'Compact' in this case stands for 'one-piece, without a flapping mirror'.
It would be even beter, if there soon was to be a really compact boxy APS-camera, with a fast lens that offers a nice zoom range for street and reportage work (say 24 to somewhere near 100mm - so the lens doesn't get too bulky).
I am already ogling my piggy bank intensely!
29 August 2005 - Here's a link for your that is precariously balanced between beauty, fine mechanics and the downright vulgair.
CameraLeather is a site full of the most beautiful cameras ever build, covered with the most distastefully pretty leathers imaginable. Probably as a reaction to the rise and rise of digital cameras, there has been a bit of a revival of those lovely mechanical cameras as build in the sixties and seventies of the last century. Clad in these leathers the cameras might be too tarty for words, but they still aren't subject to Moore's law.
24 August 2005 - Being a genuine 21st century obsessive-compulsive photographer, I have made a habit of visiting photoblogs, portfolios and other online presentation of peoples' photographic output. A lot of the stuff out there concerns deluges of snapshots showing peoples friends and family against those familiar holiday backdrops. There is nothing wrong with all these holiday makers at there beaches, snow slopes, ruines, temples or near there cars, but these pictures are not aimed at a larger audience, and as such only interesting from a sociological or anthropological point of view.
Also out there, but in a different league are the sites on which people air their artistic aspirations. These outlets do offer material that is informative on a psychological level. A a glance you cannot but conclude that this category of photographers mainly dwell in uninhabited urban and pictoresque areas, or a macro-cosmos in their own home or yard. The only other explanation is, that only the chronicaly and pathologicaly shy are drawn to photoblogging.
There are no people in sight. Lots of tracks of people (buildings, roads, signs, utensils, the occasional pet, etcetera), but hardly ever a living example of homo sapiens (self-portraits of the artist excluded, of course).
Give it a try on the photoblog randomizer. Hit the link ten times and count how often you see a person on the appearing page. It is sure to be less than half the times you do; chances are you will see none. Over six billion people on the planet and you have to keep all of them out of shot. Maybe that is why we see so many unorthodox, artistic angles and compositions. It's the only way not to get people in there. I think it is very accomplished, yet somewhat worrying at the same time.
15 August 2005 - Just delivered some more photo's to Terra, the magazine published by the (Dutch) foundation for Nature and the Environment. They were two doubleportraits this time - of knights to be exact (which seems to be indicative of a trend, I think).
The first portrait concerns two people who are part of a network of assertive treelovers in Amsterdam-Oud Zuid, calling themselves Tree Knights (or Bomenridders in Dutch). The second concerns two rather controversial Dutch tv-personalities: Rob Muntz en Paul Jan van de Wint. Starting October this year they will be presenting a tv-show (for a new broadcasting organisation called LLiNK) in their guise of Knights of the Environment (Milieuridders in Dutch). Their aim is to expose and fight everything that is wrong, cruel or scandalous in our dealings with nature.
After publication I will add the work to my portfolio on this site.
02 August 2005 - In the Leica photography forum the word is, the Becky Carter site is proof digital photography is "rubbish". I'm not so sure. There is something to this. At least the work raises some fundamental questions. Is it hi-art or shallow kitsch? Are they dead or alive? In any case, Becky has rightfully earned her spot among my favourite photo-links.
31 July 2005 - Added some photography links. The tech page at Digital Outback Photography holds lots of info that might be useful to you. People who like photoblogs should take a peak at (yes, I registered too). Especially nice is their photoblog randomizer, that refers you to a different blog every time you click it.
25 July 2005 - How many pixels has your camera got? I know somebody who has more!
12 July 2005 - My pictures have been published in Dwars door de Buurt (again). The title translates to 'across the neighbourhood', and this indeed concerns a paper distributed door-to-door in my part of Amsterdam: East/Watergraafsmeer.
The pictures accompany an article (by Cees de Boer) on the partial redevelopment of an area bordering the river Amstel called Weeperzijde, and they are two portraits of locals and an view along the Amstel.
Since I can't find the pictures on the papers' site yet, I will publish them here aswell. In DddB the pictures are in b&w, of course on you get the colour versions too.
11 June 2005 - There is more on offer on landscape photographer Ken Rockwell's webiste. Check his tech page for some interesting articles.
31 May 2005 - There was some climbing to be done in Fontainebleau. Of course that didn't stop me from making photographs - the ones 'of the day' included. But since I have no cheap and easy ways of publishing them from my my tent, I had to keep you waiting a bit. But here are the pictures for May 26 till 31...
23 May 2005 - Ah great! That means I wont have to do it myself - wonderful idea, but a shitload of work no doubt: Amsterdam in panorama's...
02 May 2005 - Added a concise reportage of Queens Day 2005...
09 April 2005 - Added a link to the list or other people's pretty pictures on the photography page: children's portraits by Loretta Lux...
06 April 2005 - A nice halo around the sun was visible from Amsterdam yesterday. There's a picture of it in my air- and landscapes photo series...
05 March 2005 - It's snowing in Europe? Here are some snapshots of a wintery Amsterdam...
26 February 2005 - When you were looking at the images of the tsunami waves rolling in exactly two months ago, you too will probalby have wondered whether the people behind those camera's survived. And you probably also know the answer: not in all cases.
John and Jackie Knill of Vancouver photographed the ocean that day - the water in which they would drown. Since memory cards are a bit less sensitive to salt corrosion than analog film, it could come to pass that Christian Pilet picked up a broken camera off a Thai beach earlier this month, dropped the memory card in his palmtop and discovered these photographs...

14 January 2005 - During the Holiday season 2004 our neigbourhood paper, Dwars door de Buurt, asked a number of people in the Transvaalbuurt to come with a seasonal greeting, befitting a rather tumultuous year. Here are the portraits I made to accompany their words...

06 January 2005 - My first series of the year: Images from the Betuwe... A misty Betuwe during the Holiday season that is.
23 December 2004 - Very befitting these days of warmth and cosiness (gezellig!), here's a series of pictures I made at grass roots initiative aimed at welcoming asyllum seekers in the neighbourhood (being in this case Amsterdam-East): an Oasis in Vrolikstraat...
30 November 2004 - Publication date of my pictures at the FocusGallery...
24 November 2004 - From the Eiffel in Germany: some snapshots I took in the forrest around a cave called the Kakushöle...
Early November 2004 - My photographs have been accepted for the FocusGallery. Focus being a renowned Dutch photography magazine, I'm quite pleased with that.
October 2004 - Kewl! My work was well received in Gang (see below), my story on bouldering in Hampi has been published in Limits, climbing is going pretty good, same goes for photography.
Big bore I still haven't found that part time job, to use as a base for the other activities...
September 2004 - From October 9th onward, my photgraphs wil be on display in gallery Gang (or 'hall way') on 55 Valentijnskade in the Zeeburg district of Amsterdam.
Yes, it is my debut as such. And befittingly it most probaby is the smallest art gallery in town. Unless someone has turned his or her w.c. into on.)
For more on Gang and the exposition, please visit the website of self made gallery owner and artist Alexandra Drenth...
22 July 2004 - Here are some new photo's from Hampi! I should have made many more, but one can't be working all the time, can one now? Still here are some portraits of climbers and friends in and around Goan Cormer in Hampi...

June and July 2004 - I've been rather busy working as a freelance editor lately
But things are more quiet now, and my photography is begging for my attention - which it wil get plenty of in the coming days.
ín other words, expect a lot of new material.
To begin with, here is the series of pictures I took at Inter@ctief for Dwars door de Buurt.
(Background information: Inter@ctief is a job service for the homeless in Amsterdam. Three of these photo's were published accompanying an article in Dwars door de Buurt, the neighbourhood magazine that is spread door-to-door in my part of Amsterdam: Oost-Watergraafsmeer.)

12 May 2004 - Pictures of last sunday: Arjan my nephew, his friend Dave, Ajax gains the Dutch football championship and then there was famous sports presenter Humberto Tan...

May 2004 - And the pictures keep on coming! Almost all the series have new additions (have a look in the column to the right).

Best addition to the wallpaper section has to be the new egg. Or actually, it's another picture of the one I did this easter - only this time it's broken.

And another wallpaper! A golden oldy this time (i.e. last September): a summers day in het Vondelpark...

Easter weekend 2004 - A student from the (rather famous) Rietveld academy (for the arts) is making a film on the herrons that visit the market just down the road on the Dapperplein (a 'plein' is a square). The herrons know there is fish to be had at the end of all the markets in our city, but the filmmaker has decided to concentrate on this part of town. The end product will be shown in the June or July in the Ketelhuis of the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam (as part of his final exams).
I had a chat with the guy, which of course resulted in some new additions to the animals page.
24 March 2004 - Check out the neat Wimdows wallpapers for your Windows. (in the column to the right).

25 February 2004 - De Picture of the Day series has been updated with a selection of pictures for the days I spend in India (in January and February).
The complete series of Indian Pics of the Day (for a change not in reverse chronological order) is also available...

I know, travelling to faraway places doesn't make you a photographer, it makes you a tourist. But it was inspiring never the less!

November 2002 - Bought myself a Leica Digilux 1...
The Leica Digilux 1. Introduced 2002, already a classic! Click for website. All photo's on this site (up until November 19th 2004) have been made with a Leica Digilux 1.
(I switched to an Olympus C-8080WZ after that.)