vrijdag, oktober 20, 2017

I am a Winner!


Dear Jaap,

CONGRATULATIONS on being a Winner at the 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards. 8,121 entries were received from 74 countries and your work received a high percentage of votes overall. Certainly, an achievement, well done! The Jury represented the industry's biggest names and tastemakers including The Armory Show, New York; Christie's, London; McCann, Singapore; GQ, New York; Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto; Y&R, Malaysia; Sharon Calahan, Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville; Bloomsbury Auctions, London; and Donald Schneider Studios, Berlin who reviewed the entries online before making their nominations and honoring 672 title awards and 1034 nominees in 31 categories. The Awards could not have wished for a better group of professionals to work with. Congratulations once again, we wish you a most successful photography year.


Basil O'Brien Creative Director

woensdag, oktober 18, 2017

Irish notes (6)



Sometimes it was raining cats and dogs. Sometimes I walked long enough and my feet were tired (good shoes are essential for a photographer!). On top of a bus is a wonderful spot to get another perspective of street life. Up: Dublin 15/9/13 1.47 pm. Middle: Dublin 13/7/19 4.20 pm. Under: Dublin 17/8/27 5.19 pm.

donderdag, oktober 12, 2017

Irish Notes (5)



Sometimes a rambling photographer is confronted by situations where huge colorful areas form a big chance to capture an image with a lightly alienating meaning. In Ireland people often use strong colors in painting houses and walls. Maybe as a therapy against the often-grey light.   But if there is sunlight, the light has often a very intense quality.  Up: Derry, 17/8/28 4.58 pm, Middle: Monkstown 17/8/26 11.26 am, Under: Cork, 12/9/15, 10.30 am.

zondag, oktober 08, 2017

Irish Notes (4)



Some impressions from the Botanic Gardens in Belfast. (http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/leisure/parks-openspaces/Park-6614.aspx). As a photographer I am always trying to make an own reality from the reality of these premises, by carefully selecting the elements I capture. I do not show you everything that was there. Up: Belfast 17/9/2 11.28 am. Middle: Belfast 17/9/2 11.36 am. Under: Belfast 17/9/2 11.26 am.

dinsdag, oktober 03, 2017

Irish Notes (3)



Interesting to see how letters and text can play a role within a photographic image. Sometimes as the main subject matter, sometimes as text in a kind of image from a comic strip, sometimes the capture of what is happening in the photograph is a kind of  illustration of the text in the same photograph. To make it perfectly clear, these texts were not added by means of photoshop. (Upper picture: Dublin 2017/08/25 4.15 pm, middle: Belfast 2016/09/08 2.56 pm, underneath: Sligo 2015/o9/06 4.53 pm).

vrijdag, september 22, 2017

Irish Notes (1)




As you may know I recently made a trip through Ireland. No need to say I had my camera on me. I used the device as a kind of sketch book. Sometimes I used just one take for a situation, sometimes I shot quite a lot. And of course, many sketches didn’t work out at all. But some did I think. My main subject matters were: people in the streets, pieces of landscape, and shopping windows. Some self-portraits were also made.

Up: Dublin 17/8/26 10.34 am, Middle: Dublin 17/9/09 3.57 pm, Under: Dublin 17/8/26 10.03 am.

maandag, augustus 14, 2017

donderdag, juli 27, 2017

New Book: IRELAND ON MY MIND.

After almost 30 years it is a strange experience putting these photographs into a book. Frankly, when I went to Ireland in 1988 I had not a clear idea what to expect. Ireland was a faraway country to me. Don’t forget there was no internet in 1988 to get information. Of course, I went into some brochures to get an idea of the landscape and the way the towns looked, and I read some books about the history of the country, but still it was a step into the unknown.
I never forget the day I arrived in Dublin. I was standing at the bridge over the Liffey and I felt immediately at home. The city felt very familiar to me.  This feeling of familiarity never left me during the trips through the country. Whether I was in Galway, or Cork, or at the West Coast, I always felt a kind at home: I had fallen in love with Ireland.
I wandered with my camera through the country as a curious lover. Going to festivals, cycling around, sitting in trains and buses, sometimes accompanied by wife Petra and my mother-in-law, the love for the country never disappeared. Ireland was always on my mind.

After some 25 years I came back in Ireland. The country had changed, I had changed. But my love for the country was still there. But that’s going to be another project. Ireland was still on my mind. It will always be.




donderdag, juni 22, 2017

Finders Keepers



Rambling around in Ireland many years ago on a photo trip I ran out of film one day. Normally working with Ilford HP5 I only could obtain Kodak Tri-x at the local photo store.
At home, I first developed my HP5. I had only shot to rolls of Tri-x , but I could just find one. After a while I forgot about the lost Tri-x.

Many years later I moved to another dark room. Cleaning the old one I found a roll of Tri-x in a dark corner. No idea what it would contain. It was the first roll I developed in in the new dark room. I was very surprised to see images of Ireland. The photo with the man feeding the seagulls is one of them. The other two are from well-kept negatives of other Irish films.
Up: Dun Laoghaire 1988, Middle Dublin 1990, Under Bundoran 1990.

donderdag, juni 15, 2017

Puck Fair



At the end of the summer I want to go to Ireland for a photo trip. It’s a good reason to go through b&w photo’s I made some 30 years ago in this country. These were made at the “Puck Fair” in Killorgin.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puck_Fair) . First day cattle market, second day horse market, third day just drinking. There were hardly any tourists. The animals freely moved in the streets, between the public. And had a standstill in front of the hairdresser.


dinsdag, april 04, 2017

New Blurb book!



http://nl.blurb.com/books/7851346-into-some-nights

During the autumn of 2016 and the winter of 2017 photographer Jaap Bijsterbosch was giving some workshops at Gallery Streetscape in Castricum, a village in the Dutch province of North Holland. He was always travelling by an evening train from his domestic town of Diemen, a suburb of Amsterdam. Mostly arriving at Castricum station some 25 minutes before the start of the workshop, he took a small camera to capture the nightly atmosphere of Castricum. All photographs were taken between 6.45 and 7.15 pm.

zondag, maart 19, 2017

Final Day!

From the left to the right: Me, Jeanette Bos, Yvonne Meyer, Kevser Gün, Sebastian Rypson, the last visitors of “Selfies/Self-Portraits. WtF! © Jaap Bijsterbosch at the Gallery WM in Amsterdam. Made yesterday at 6.00 pm, closing time of the exhibition. To me it felt a bit like “Partir, c’est mourir un peu”. Grateful for the fantastic & professional & lovingly cooperation with Wanda, Paul and Sebastian!  And the great interest from everybody!

zondag, maart 12, 2017

Finissage!



The last week of my show at gallery WM Amsterdam:  Selfies/Selfportraits WTF! © Jaap Bijsterbosch. (http://gallerywm.com/WP/jaap-bijsterbosch/)  You’re cordially invited for a last glass at the finissage from 4.00-6.00 pm17.55! Don’t miss the making of a last selfie at 5.55 pm!
Up: Diemen, 17/03/10, 8.44 pm. Middle: Diemen, 17/03/01, 11.34 am. Under Diemen, 17/02/16, 8.24 am.

zondag, februari 12, 2017

Opening!

Yesterday afternoon the opening at GalleryWM of “Selfies/self-portraits. Wtf! © Jaap Bijsterbosch”!

Great afternoon with many heartwarming reactions from friends and colleagues and a great attendance despite the bad weather. As an opening act, I had to make a selfie of course! 

zaterdag, februari 04, 2017

dinsdag, januari 24, 2017

donderdag, januari 19, 2017

Selfie/Self-Portrait WTF! © Jaap Bijsterbosch

This one I made in 1989. I was doing a project because of the poetry of Dylan Thomas. Once he wrote: "I died and dreamed my Genesis again". Those words were the inspiration for this photograph.

woensdag, januari 18, 2017

Selfie/Self-Portrait WTF! © Jaap Bijsterbosch

Taken in the same dune area as the one yesterday, only here it is early spring. (2016) It is a way to hide one's wrinkles.

maandag, januari 16, 2017

Selfie/Self-Portrait WTF! © Jaap Bijsterbosch

A special part of my upcoming exhibition will contain older self-portraits. "Selfies/Selfportraits of the artist as a younger man" This one was made in 1983!

zondag, januari 15, 2017

Selfie/Self-Portrait WTF! © Jaap Bijsterbosch

My exhibition in Gallery WM (  http://gallerywm.com/WP/jaap-bijsterbosch/ )    will be in less than 4 weeks from now! This one I made in 2008 using the scanner. 

dinsdag, december 20, 2016

Follow The Icon -2



As long as I know his work, I've always been fascinated by the way Lee Friedlander in his street scenes uses a kind of personal signature by also photographing his own shadow or reflection, usually without this being the main subject in the photo. Thereby breaking the taboo one shouldn’t making his shadow of reflection making visible in the photograph.
That freedom to use my own shadow and reflection as a kind of surreal game to play with the observed reality and then capture and fix it with the photo camera, that freedom I have more or less stolen from him. In the images I sometimes make with my own shadow and / or reflection, I am indebted to him. I do not mind. In the exhibition "SELFIES / SELF-PORTRAITS. Wtf! © Jaap Bijsterbosch", which can be seen in February 1017 in Gallery WM I'm going to show a small selection of such images.
Up: Oostende (Bel), 16/8/2016 2.52 pm. Middle: Cork (Ire), 4/9/2016, 11.12 am. Under Galway (Ire), 15/9/2016, 6.16 pm.