Salvation

This is the last photograph of the 7 I took at Gestel. Only these were the ones I wanted to share.

I love Ted Forbes’ Youtube Channel “The Art Of Photography“. It is about photography, both digital and analogue, about art and about everything that has to do with photography. One of his sponsors are the folks at Lynda.com and a free 7 day subscription is offered.

Being at home, sick and all that, I signed in and I was absolutely surprised by the content of courses Lynda has to offer. After 30′ of browsing I had created a playlist that would exceed the offer. 7 days would not be enough so I already decided I would go with them for at least a few months.

I watched a training on InktJet Printing a picked up a few things so I am thinking of taking a payed subscription for at least a few months. I am always open when it comes to learning.

Further this month of May will mark also an increase of one year when it comes to my age. The evening preceding this event Sweetheart and I will attend a play in a theatre in Leuven. Its Anton Tsjechovs’  The Cherry Garden and I am looking forward to it doing this with Sweetheart.

Oh boy, do I love my life with Sweetheart. It is so intense and full and she makes me complete.

Salvation (2015) Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 28mm with red filter and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Salvation (2015)
Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 28mm with red filter and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

 

 

 

 

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Remembering the Peasants’ War

The Peasant’s War was a peasant revolt in 1798 against the French occupation of the Southern Netherlands following the Treaty of Campo Formio.
This war is one of the French Revolutionary Wars.
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Remembering the Peasants' War (2015) Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 28mm with red filter and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Remembering the Peasants’ War (2015)
Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 28mm with red filter and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

Cemetery Statue

In the farthest corner of the little cemetery there was this grave decorated with the statue of a mourning woman.

Engraved the name of a woman, born in 1923 and deceased in 1987. There was also the name of her husband.
Born also in 1923 but no date of death.
It made me wonder.
Was he still alive, aged 92, or dead too but buried somewhere else, reluctant to spend eternity with his wife.
I guess time will tell.

I shot this with the G.Zuiko 50mm f1,4 wide open and after scanning did some post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Nothing special, only local contrast and dodging and burning as I would do in a wet darkroom.

I must admit that I love wandering over old cemeteries. There is so much beauty in the graves and their ornaments.

Cemetery Statue (2015) Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 50 mm at f1,4 and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Cemetery Statue (2015)
Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 50 mm at f1,4 and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus

 

Gestel

Yesterday afternoon I visited Gestel. Up to 1964 it was the smallest town of the Province of Antwerp but then was added to Berlaar near Lier.

A few houses and a church is all there is to see. Yet it resides in an oase of green field and trees and the few houses are all renovated.

I spend some 45′ in Gestel and made only 7 carefully composed photographs with my Olympus OM-1.

I started this blog in October last year and after 14 years of digital photography going back to my roots and thus film photography changed my the way I look at the world, how I photograph for the better.
Slowing down, taking time makes me enjoy the moment when I am living it, not hours later in front of my monitor looking at a zillion digital captures.
I am sure my photography has changed too.

I don’t take a digital camera with me anymore, I totally rely on camera’s made in the mid seventies and I simply love using them.

I am planning an in-depth post about how I think and feel film had changed me as a photographer and as a human being, a spectator of the world. In another article I will try to tell you how my workflow has changed and how I was able to fit in analogue photography in this digital workflow. I have had some problems with developing film, the calcium issue, but now I feel absolutely confident with developing black and white film.

A while ago I contacted Steve Huffs excellent website. On his website he offers a forum for other bloggers to post something relevant about photography.
So after some hesitation I send him a few ideas. Unfortunately he never answered, not even to simply say he was not interested.
I must admit it surprised me a little.
But it is what it is.

Gestel (2015) Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 28mm with red filter and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus
Gestel (2015)
Olympus OM-1 with G.Zuiko 28mm with red filter and loaded with Ilford FP4 Plus