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Three layers

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At Terneuzen, strolling along the Westerschelde. 
While sitting on a breaker and enjoying the sun I decided to create a photograph where I would force the attention on one single pane in the picture, using the depth of field, or better the lack of depth-of-field.
The two people on the beach would be the main focus point.
To achieve this I tried to have the first pane, the foreground, sufficiently close to the camera to be blurred and I could only hope that the subjects in the third pane, the ships, would be enough out of focus as well. I use a rangefinder camera, so I could only check if my attempt worked out after the picture was taken.
This was a '50mm day', meaning I went out with my 50 mm Summicron attached to the camera and nothing else. Selecting only one lens can be very liberating and forces you to focus on a pictures content and not on what lens to select for your next photograph. You have no choice, which is a good thing, you can concentrate on that what really matters.

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Life

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Our son is moving to another house and we had some stuff stored at his old place, a good opportunity to assist him a bit in getting things organised. As you can see, he appreciated us being there.

I have been making photographs of my life and everyone and everything associated with it for as long as I have a camera. I photograph everything that I am remotely passionate about so photographing life is unavoidable for me.
That means that my relatives are very much used to being photographed by me and will not act unnatural when confronted with a camera. When I am there so is the camera, it's as simple as that.

The photograph above is the last one of the series of pictures below. 











Mother and sun were removing a desk. 

The window on the left provided a good primary light source with the walls reflecting enough light to fill the shadows. 

The photographs I made were ok, but a real good one was not there yet. 
Picture #1 is not bad and could be used.
#2 does not show what is actually happening.
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Berlin

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Berlin indeed.

The cover picture might give the plot away. This is not about a recent visit, this is about Berlin in 1980.

The year before I had dropped out of photography school, I got extremely board with the pure technical approach they adopted there and I took an external photography exam, passed it and could officially call myself a Professional Photographer, certified and all. In those days you needed that certificate to set up any type of commercial photography business.

I was getting more and more attracted to photojournalism and by chance I met a girl with somewhat similar ambitions, Jacqueline de Gier . She was also into fashion design in those days, that's how I met her, I think I was asked to cover a fashion show of her.

Anyway, long story short: We where looking for interesting journalistic stories and decided to go to Berlin. By the way, we had no payed jobs in those days, worked on-and-off on little projects and assignments and we were always very short on cash, but hey…