zaterdag, oktober 06, 2018

Exhibition: "Walls of Night Photography".

An ugly thing, like a storage fuel tank for the nearby powerplant in combination with ugly light of a natrium lamp. Seem to be from another planet at night. Now I use a tripod and a longer exposure time. A tripod sharpens the view, forms the last memory of the concept of the picture. Photo: Diemen (NL), 2009/03/15, 9.01pm
Exhibition: Gallery Streetscape 7 Dorpstraat Castricum NL. Opening Sunday October 14th, 4.00-6.00 pm. Opening hours Fri-Sun 2-5 pm. Exhibition runs until November 4th.

vrijdag, oktober 05, 2018

Exhibition: "Walls of Night Photography".

Walking at night on the almost deserted grounds of the Prater in Vienna. There is the technique of digital photography. One does not have to use a tripod or flash., which would only destroy the atmosphere of the situation. Photo: Vienna, 2018/04/27, 9.38pm.
Exhibition: Gallery Streetscape 7 Dorpstraat Castricum NL. Opening Sunday October 14th, 4.00-6.00 pm. Opening hours Fri-Sun 2-5 pm. Exhibition runs until November 4th.

donderdag, oktober 04, 2018

Exhibition “Walls of Night Photography”

This photograph I shot in 1988. We are in Laugharne (Wales), for a long time the town where the poet Dylan Thomas lived. Reason for the picture was the poem “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”. I remember four minutes exposure time, walking around with a torch, and flashing the tombstone, which was not the one of DT. Yes boys and girls, using the reciprocity factor!
Exhibition Gallery Streetscape 7 Dorpstraat Castricum NL. Opening Sunday October 14th, 4.00-6.00 pm. Opening hours Fri-Sun 2-5 pm. Exhibition runs until November 4th)

woensdag, oktober 03, 2018

Exhibition Night Photography

There’s something strange about spots in the night. Everything that looks normal in daylight often becomes frightening, mysterious or magical in the dark.
Essentially the night is just a big black box in which all kinds of things exist. Things which are natural as well as things which are manmade. Sometimes these things become visible, mostly by artificial light. A feeling of disorientation arises. One knows there’s something out there, but it stays invisible. What’s waiting in the dark? In my pictures this atmosphere is captured. There’s also a distance from everyday life, calmness and concentration; moods which are often to be felt at night.
(Exhibition! Gallery Streetscape 7 Dorpstraat Castricum NL. Opening Sunday October 14th, 4.00-6.00 pm. Opening hours Fri-Sun 2-5 pm. Exhibition runs until November 4th)
Up: Diemen (NL) 2009/03/15 9.01 pm
Middle: Diemen (NL) 2009/10/27 9.40 pm
Under: Diemen (NL) 2009/01/01 9.21 pm

maandag, augustus 06, 2018

Some recent Self-portraits/Selfies

Some recent self-portraits/selfies. Light, shadow & (un)sharpness are the main ingredients.
Up: Bakkum NL, 2018/6/9, 6.56 pm
Middle: Bakkum NL, 2018/7/4, 7.04 pm
Under: Dronten NL, 2018/8/1 2.16 pm

maandag, maart 19, 2018

From The Archives

Some 35 years I took the above photograph. A man trying to reach the dry part of the beach by making a huge jump. He’s now forever floating above the edge of the sea. Sorting out my archive of negatives I found this flying man. I digitalize a selection from my archives. It is quite a job. One starts to realize that one made a lot of rubbish. But sometimes a hidden treasure is to be found. Often it is a feast of remembrance.
Up: Scheveningen-Holland 1983
Middle: North Sea 1986
Under: Slagharen-Holland 1987

vrijdag, december 08, 2017

Follow the Icon (4)

A sign of a advertisement lightning sometimes turns out to be an icon for my photography. As a young boy of 5-6 years old I was always gazing at boxes with “Trix-Express” trains in the shopping windows of “Galeries Modernes” at the Vismarkt (Fish Market) in Groningen (NL). Turning around at the hand of my father I saw that huge sign at the opposite of the square. It was for the assurance company RVS. It consisted of a man with a walking pointing at the letters RVS, a small dog and a woman with a black umbrella. That umbrella impressed me very much. Some 30 years later I shoot a series “Umbrellas in the streets of Amsterdam”. Until today I often find umbrellas at my photographic path. Up: This was the advertisement sign, at the top of the walking stick one could see the letters RVS. Middle: Amsterdam, April 1984. Under Amsterdam: 2017/12/10, 5.06 pm.

donderdag, november 30, 2017

Three new self-portraits.

The making of self-portraits form a significant part of my life. Here 3 recent examples. Up: Diemen 2017/11/16, 1.45 pm. Middle: Diemen 2017/11/21, 12.05 am Under: Diemen 2017/11/21, 12.18 am.

donderdag, november 09, 2017

Follow the Icon (3)

Some time ago I was at the opening of the exhibition of AndrĂ© Kertesz in the Foam museum in Amsterdam. To me Kertesz is the master of very functional form and very functional compositions. Often, he is also a very gifted player with surreal and surrealistic elements in his images. I could not resist to take a photo in his style. I used some elements from a big print of his photograph. His photographs have a bigger impact if they are printed rather small. The small prints were beautifully printed. If you are in Amsterdam, go and see this exhibition. Photo: Amsterdam, 2017/09/14, 5.19 pm.   

vrijdag, november 03, 2017

Irish notes (7)

Travelling around I often cannot resist the temptation of shooting a self-portrait/selfie. Sometimes a strange mirror in the bathroom is the reason, sometimes a weird lamp in the hotel lobby, sometimes a tree seems to grow out of my head. Up: Derry, 17/8/29, 8.13 am. Middle: Ballina 17/9/4 5.40 pm. Under: Westport, 17/9/7, 1.00 pm.

donderdag, november 02, 2017

A Facebook Challence

I was invited for the following by Harrie. Of course I accepted
"Paul challenged me to take and post ONE B&W photo per day of my life for 7 days with NO people and NO theme and to challenge a different person to do the same. Jaap Bijsterbosch, how about you? Do you accept the challenge?" 
On the 3rd day I wrote this: “This photo was made today, yesterday’s photo in this challenge yesterday, and the 1st photo the day before yesterday. No archive images!”

After the 7th day I wrote this: “For me this is the end of this challenge. It taught me again that I’m basically a color photographer. Although I am sometimes finishing off portraits and self-portraits in b and w. So, a portrait as my last one. Not a picture of a human being, but of a doll in a friend’s garden”.

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. ( 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.