Rotterdam Grid Project

Why I start this project
I’ve got it from reading “The Street Photographer’s Manual”


The idea or inspiration: “In October 1995 photographer Christopher Rauschenberg took a pair of scissors to a standard map of Portland and cut it into 98 pieces. He then invited a group of 12 Portland photographers, using a variety of cameras, films, formats, and digital processes, to all photograph the randomly selected square each month. Continue reading “Rotterdam Grid Project”

Station to station project

Inspired by a citywide portrait of New York City, circa 2002-2004
A series by Lisa Gidley.


Lisa Gidley: “Station to Station is a project in which I took a photo within a square block of each of New York City’s subway stations. It began when I realized that despite living in the city for seven years, I’d been to barely a quarter of the subway stops. I decided to make a portrait of the city, one station at a time.

Each photo was made within a square block (square block is 264×900 feet/80mx274m) of one of the station’s entrances or exits, generally less than two minutes’ walk away. No photo could include the subway station itself. (Elevated outdoor tracks were fair game, though.) All photos were made with a medium-format camera on negative film and printed in a color darkroom. Continue reading “Station to station project”

A walk with the Pentax MV and 40mm lens

I loved the Pentax MV series from the moment that I got one in my hands back in 1979! And when I got the chance a few years back to buy one I hesitated not one second. And it didn’t end there, every time I saw one and the price was right, I bought it. So I own several now. The MV and the MV1. I like the simplicity and the design, small and ‘pro’ black 🙂

Recently I took one of them for a few photowalks paired with the Pentax 40mm pancake lens. Here a few samples of the roll.
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Lost and found images

Cleaning up the drawers and a few boxes with camera’s resulted in a bunch of films, some almost completed, some just a few shots. Here are some results from a Leica C1 and a Voigtlander Bessa R.

I have to develope and scan the B&W film’s, soon to follow!
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Week 2, 52 rolls: a Minolta Dynax 5 try-out

At last, week 2 with the Minolta Dynax 5 is over. A bit disappointing in using it, I didn’t like the lens, a standard Minolta kitlens 35-70mm F4.0. Not really usable in low light but even in the light of fall it didn’t work well. Autofocus was nah and the color rendering not spectaculair. I also used a film that is not to spectaculair – Agfa Vista Plus 200 – so my heart didn’t beat faster with this combo.

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Week 1, 52 rolls: bits of Maastricht and Rotterdam

Week 1 was a learning week. I tried to free myself from the pressure to perform, make the best picture etc. I just took the camera with me, on a walk, to work etc. and just look and click with a open mind. And I think it worked out. The camera, a Praktica CX-1, performed very well and surprised me with the color rendering and sharpness!

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52 Rolls project, one roll of film for 52 weeks

So I’m commiting myself to a not as easy film project, 52 rolls of film for 52 weeks. I’ve collected a stock of films, chose a number of cameras that I have owned for a while and trust to work and plan to start november 1th, 2019.

So my project for 52 rolls is very simple: take at least one roll of film per week with a 35mm film camera. I should be able to scan and develop at least two rolls every two weeks, and post at least one image from each roll.

I enjoy photographing here in my hometown Rotterdam so the project looks doable. I also planning to travel to France, Belgium etc. A topiclist is in the making…

A roll in a Nikon F50 starting in 2018, ending in 2019

I bought this camera in 2008 while camping. During a visit to a pittoresk town I always scan for camerashops. Most camerashops nowadays sell only digital but this one had a few old film cameras among which this Nikon F50. A quick buy for about 15 Euro with a battery in good working order. I photographed during this holiday with the F50 and was very happy with it. But years passed by and it was only in 2018(!) that I picked up the F50 again. These are a few examples of the film I did shoot during 2018 – 2019… Continue reading “A roll in a Nikon F50 starting in 2018, ending in 2019”

First roll with my Leica M4-2

After many books, websites, blogs and museum visits I wanted to be a credited and famous photographer. And a Leica is the camera for the ‘real’ photographer so I bought a very nice Leica M4-2. This is the first and test roll I shot with the M4-2. Guessing the light conditions is not so hard and using my Voigtlander 35mm thread lens with a adapter on the Leica worked great! Continue reading “First roll with my Leica M4-2”

On my way with the Olympus Pen EE-2

Bought a old Olympus Pen EE-2 and took it with me at walks and some military events. It performs as new. It handles all kind of light easy and I like the grainy images… Continue reading “On my way with the Olympus Pen EE-2”

City steps with the first camera I owned, the Praktica B200

Taken with the first camera I ever owned, a Praktica B200 with a 50mm F1.4 lens, loaded with Kodak Portra 400. Awaken after almost 15 years and working flawlessly. Continue reading “City steps with the first camera I owned, the Praktica B200”