Freedom

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015 one of our human rights was attacked.

There is no gradation in violence, hatred and racism like one can’t be a little bit pregnant. You are or you are not. It is a binary thing like 0 or I.
This is the way I see things.

Even if it does not represent the suffering of those who think or are in any way different I remember, as a kid, being not served or treated impolitely because I spoke Dutch in a community reigned by extremist French speaking people who’s anger and hate was fuelled by the Schaarbeek (suburban district of Brussels) major at that time, the all-round extremist Roger Nols.

We must be open-minded and defend our personal ideas with courtesy and respect for those who don’t share the same ideas. Keep an open ear and an open mind.

Terrorist violence is often targeted blindly towards masses. Blown up airplanes, trains, busses, consulates and buildings.
They want to create fear and fear leads to submission.

Today, in Paris, liberty of press was the target and thus an attack on our most primal liberties.

Let us not kneel for terrorists/extremists. Let us keep our pride and our independence. Let us not bow for those who use their deity or beliefs as an excuse for violence, hate and intolerance.
No I am not targeting the Islam but also Catholicism and other religions and/or political and/or personal beliefs. Nothing is worth killing for.
Listening, learning and experiencing other points of view or ideas is so much more enriching.

Paris, Wednesday, January 7th 2015
Paris, Wednesday, January 7th 2015

 

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To the hills

This image comes from a roll of film with landscape I made at the French Opal Coast. I’m not sure what camera I used, it could be a Nikon F4s or a F100 but finally that does not matter.

When one follows the coastal road D940 between Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer there is a lot of agriculture and thus infinite fields. This landscape was made near the little town of Wissant.

Road, 2007 Shot with Kodak Gold
Road, 2007
Shot with Kodak Gold

Moon over Main Street

A few days ago I developed and dried a roll of Ilford FP4 Plus. On it a a few shots where I had tried to recapture some photographs after my Yashica Electro 35 transported 6 negatives over 40% of their length making half double exposures.

The film came out extremely underexposed, the negatives almost transparent and after drying covered with dust.
Blimey.
Anyway the negatives were worthless and it made me distrust the Yashica even more.
(they can be scanned though but the amount of dust makes it a worthless investment of time. Still can’t explain why there is so much dust though.)

That same evening I went out to make some evening shots with my Nikon F100 and a Nikon 50mm f1,4 ‘G’ I borrowed from a friend whom is thinking of selling it.

I shot a whole film and developed it. It came out extremely underexposed too. Double blimey.

Then I took a look again at the film. No, not underexposed but underdeveloped. Like the one before.
Was my developer contaminated? I was pretty sure I had developed for 8:30′ in Kodak TMax like I always do. I knew had had carefully measured 1 part of developer and 4 parts of water too.
Maybe the concentrate had gone bad?

With some effort the negatives can be scanned but for some reason this film is also covered with dust.

After scanning this image I went to the bathroom and took the bottle with the concentrated TMax with the intention to get rid of what was left in it.

Guess what?
I had written something on the plastic bottle.
“TMax solution 1+4 – 24/12/2014” it read.

From that, without paying attention, I had made a 1+4 developing solution. No wonder the film got underdeveloped.
Shit happens but I have no clue for what reason.

Moon over Main Street Nikon F100 and Nikon 50mm f1,4 G loaded with FP4 Plus
Moon over Main Street
Nikon F100 and Nikon 50mm f1,4 G loaded with FP4 Plus