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A daily publication during 2021. I mostly write about photography, personal growth and some other stuff that keeps me busy.
Today is about sharing two blurbs that caught my attention. I will not immediately comment
Dissipating sunshine makes way for thunderous clouds and vigorous winds. An already bleak light is
Reading through past Monologues, looking for patterns. Trying to see if any process has been
The past few days I’ve been pondering on my reasoning behind De Lens Loves You.
I love the rain. The way it pounds on the flat roof of the apartment.
I had a random thought this morning about the differences and similarities between photography and
Sundays are resting days. So nothing interesting has happened. Nor did I have any interesting
Another full day. Woke up to a headache. But it didn’t take too long to
My mans. How is it going? Are you well? I am doing extraordinarily well. Thanks
Falling asleep in the afternoon. It’s never the plan. It overtakes you. One moment you’re
I walk out the door with my bike in hand when the postwoman arrives in
Sit down, move slow, unwind, eyes low. Tomorrow is a full day again. Enjoy your
Continuing the trend from yesterday, which was day 200(!) in this Monologue series by the
You wake up a little crusty after a good night of entertainment. You shake it
Sometimes when there aren’t any particular events of interest in a day, one has no
Without any particular reason, I was a little out of it today. Things were either
Not today guys. I got a few too many things on my plate that require
Today marks the day where I tried to properly formulate a mission statement for the
What now? Another ‘About The Photo’ today? That makes two in a row. Is that
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Let me answer that question myself right away: yes
Let us quickly recap the week and its intended planning, now that the final day
Went for my first COVID test today because I want to photograph an event tonight
Back in the old days things were much simpler. Uncomplicated at all times. Well, most
Another try tomorrow! Utrecht as my playground and my hopes back up again. Shuffling through
A few words I wrote on the way back home. These are not to be
It’s my week off, starting today, but I also need to finish up a job
Wonderful, blissful silence. Crisp, fresh air flowing around me. Raindrops tapping steadily on the window.￼
Do you have any idea how many people I see being out there? Finally out
The efflorescence. It’s upon us. Bound to happen. Will it be now? Is this really
Vaccinated and liberated. My heart is hopeful. Now I’m sitting out my mandatory 15 minute
So many things. Emails keep stacking up. Reading that still needs to be done. Or
Today is about compartmentalization. And how bad and good I am at it at the
As I was scrolling through my Instagram this afternoon, my eye fell on a caption
Despite my website being generally done for the most part, there are always little bits
Ha, can you believe it? I totally forgot to write a story yesterday. Well, not
Oh man, I can’t believe it. I forgot to write something today (yesterday?). I’m not
I’ve been really putting myself through the motions lately.1 I promised myself I would get
Peep this, I managed to plan all my appointments this week into one single day.
Internet: fixed. But let’s see how things are in a few days. Leaking roof: contractors
I’m mad. I’m mad because our roof started leaking again. Despite having been worked on
Wake up in the morning and watch some YBS Youngbloods on YouTube to get my
Go to bed at 04:00. Wake up at 09:00. Fall asleep again at 10:50. Wake
The smell outside is amazing. It’s unbelievable what a good thunderstorm can do after a
Bad news: The social apps are back on the phone. How’s that for a character
By the water, across from my home, I sit down and look around. My camera
I thought about waiting to write a recap of my experiences producing these Monologues until
That’s it, the social apps are gone from my phone. At least for now. I’m
Right, so that recap from yesterday I sort of promised. Well, it was the official
Oh but wait, another day almost passed again? I totally forgot the time? Why, you
I thought about it for a minute on the ride back home and I know
I’m about to set off on a bike ride to Utrecht. It’s about 24K from
I planned to do many things today. I wanted to do none of them. I
Just booked a flight to Spain for the 20th of September. An actual flight. Can
What do you do when you realize that none of it really matters and the
Okay so here we are. My first impressions of the Pergear 35mm F1.6. A lens
I wanted to write about something today but I can’t because the thing that prerequisited
I woke up this morning feeling rested for the first time this week. Perhaps it
So eum… Viewfinder Magazine? Yeah I started working on it today. Here are the rules:
I switched out my contactlenses for a fresh pair and it has been absolute bliss
I was having trouble keeping my eyes open. Perhaps it was the hayfever. Maybe it
The sun! Finally! As a true Dutchman I wasted no time firing up the ol’
Today I went far nor fast. But we did get burgers so I got that
Another ride today. Another quick one. And it’s a good thing I do these! The
I just had to do it, I couldn’t help myself. After a full day of
Yesterday was a pretty well thought out Monologue from my side. Accompanied by the third
I feel kinda bad when people unfollow me online or tell me in real life
An office. A proud tenant of one I am now! I’m sharing it with other
The last day of a vacation, what do you spend it on? What can you
Sitting down. Laying around. Major headache. Maybe again tomorrow.
Answering the question I posed two days ago: is a Fujifilm JPEG image good enough
We each went into the Albert Heijn with our own shopping carts. Filling them up
Here I go again. Trying the JPEG thing, again. Will it be be good enough
I caught the rain today, in multiple ways. The first, and arguably less significant, was
Tiny glimpses into the present. Frozen in time, with all its imperfection. Beautiful in its
Blessed! The first day of my week off, the final parts for my bike rebuilt
Twisted sock around ankle, blanked wrapped around the legs, cat heavily purring and oh another
The moment I stepped out the front door it started pouring down. I could’ve looked
Life on the fifth floor. It detaches you from the hustle and bustle of the
My ‘About the photo’ series has been somewhat long-winded so far but this one will
￼Shall we do another update? Let’s do another update. Today I’ve been working on adding
What looks like play to me might look like work to you. You will not
Nodding off on the couch Trying to come up with something to share Structuring my
Okay, so to answer yesterday’s question, yes the quote-type post was a very bad idea.
I’m not a 100% sure this is a good idea but here it goes. As
I spent my entire afternoon on the following: Installing the bottom bracket on my bike.
I let myself go in a daydream and emerged with a deeper understanding of the
I wrote another tweet today but rather than embedding it, I’ll share it here directly.
I might’ve gone a little too much into the vagueness of describing a photo here
Let me stay put for a minute. I know you could use that time. A
Continuing my ‘About the photo’ series1, while also continuing the build of my Instagram feed.
I have this note that I’ve been keeping for about a year(?) now. It’s called
I told you I’d be back with original thoughts, right? Well today you can enjoy
I mean, daily writing is great and all but I don’t have that much to
Who knows what can happen when you set out to shoot high buildings in black
Staring at the empty screen. Nothing.￼ Looking outside for inspiration. Still nothing. But then it
I wrote a few words to accompany Viewfinder 030. Feast your eyes and tickle your
Aahhhh all I need is a little sunshine. Luckily that’s just what our great planet
I did another instagram post, which also marks my first background story accompanying my fine
Okay so, quick recap: the One Two One test book was definitely underwhelming. I’m redoing
I started posting to Instagram again, which is funny considering my plea for leaving the
I bought another domain name today. Maybe even two. It’s like I’m collecting the things.
It’s a glorious day. I finished the first drop of prints in my store. I’ve
I’ve been keeping track of the basket next to our house and its deterioration process.
What more can I say? It’s my birthday baby1. No big introspections from me at
Most days I feel pretty uninspired but I still soldier on with these monologues. Because,
Further plans and wishes. Build out my website until it can financially support my photography.
What’s a man to do when everything that could be done has been done? Is
What’s a man to do when he can no longer dedicate his energy to making
This might sound weird. I’m thinking about scheduling my downtime. Yes that definitely sounds weird
To do cover intro font layout outro test book Do you see that? The to
100 days. 101 days if we’re being exact1. This project has been going for 100
I was watching this new Street Diaries episode by Joe Greer1 and there were a
What if, and hear me out here, I actually listened to my own advice for
The weather stays dreary but that won’t stop me. I’m still getting on that bike.
It seems like winter is back again. It’s a shame because I was thriving on
I started giving away camera neck strap samples to my friends and I love the
As I write these things, I sit down and don’t think about things too much.
Textures. During documentation, focus on textures and patterns. Shoot wide, shoot medium, shoot close, shoot
My guys, I have done no sprinting today. I needed the time off. Not that
Almost done! I did forget to add ‘do final checks’ to my to do list,
More progress! But… I also don’t want to talk about the project in depth anymore
I still can’t think of a few proper words for the intro. I need something
My to do list from yesterday has now turned into this week’s sprint to get
I need to: design a cover write a few words for the intro find a
How much of it really matters? I mean truly matter. My guess is, not much.
Today I updated the sign up flow for my newsletter. I added two-step verification and
It’s amazing how much a little working out can make a difference. All I did
Well won’t you look at that. All it took was an afternoon by myself in
The amount of unrest I felt yesterday could be fully attributed to my lack of
While I did do some work on the book, most of my time today has
Nick Cave just said “we are fireflies trapped in the hand of a boy”. I
What’s up people from the internet. I just came up with an idea. And then
As I mentioned only the day before yesterday, I need to get out more. I
I’ve been feeling a little anxious lately so to combat that, I only allow myself
It has been quite a while ago since I realized I need to get out
I’ve had this song in my head all day now and I don’t know what
I wanted to write something fun and thoughtful but I can’t come up with either
Moved The Silence Around installation to its grave today. Feeling unburdened again. Visited a friend’s
Check this. You know how I made those circles for The Silence Around, right? Do
Look at that. Progress. It was an uphill struggle today but I managed to squeeze
I’m a little sad because I couldn’t find proper time to work on some personal
The other day somebody asked me how my photography business was doing. I didn’t know
A square? No, a more traditional shape. And then create my own design from scratch?
Sleep. Play videos games. Watch YouTube videos. Repeat. Monday.
Today was a day of self-study and wandering. Of the mind but also a little
You know those days when your hay fever surfaces and all you can do is
As I began writing these stories, I focused on using as little words as possible.
It’s a good thing I don’t make daily vlogs but stick to daily blogs. Most
This afternoon I hopped on my bike and drove off without knowing where exactly I
Good news, I just sent out my second issue of my newsletter Dialogue! When I
I don’t feel like writing anything today. So I won’t. I don’t have much to
I wrote a whole bunch of things today but it wasn’t a Monologue. Okay so
This morning I took a little diversion on my way to work and filmed the
You know what I just did? Well, not ‘I’ but rather, ‘we’. We’ve sent an
It’s February 24th, 18 degrees Celsius, and as a true Dutchman befits, I’m sitting on
I came up with a nine step plan for the next two photo projects I
I’m not writing anything today. Though writing that you’re not writing is technically still writing.
I filmed another video for ‘Do You Register?’ this afternoon. I did forget to bring
It’s not difficult to be exceptional, all you need to do is persevere when others
Almost forgot to write a few words today. Why? Because I was at work all
I’m sitting in a chair with a very content cat in my lap. I can’t
As you probably know (probably not), as a photographer I make a filthy amount of
Today will be just a quick update. I have added the miniature photo project I
I have this bad habit of piling up my editing work until the point that
The first ‘DO YOU REGISTER?’1 is online since yesterday. This is exiting because it means
Even when nothing happens, so many things happen. Despite an image being static, its subjects
This morning I gave the videography idea a go. It required me to get up
I have a new idea involving video that might become an important contribution to my
I was so excited about yesterday’s miniature photo project, that I started mocking up a
the moment I turn around the corner, all I can see is this beautiful light.
Okay fine, I concede. Yesterday’s photos are turning out pretty great in the edit. That
Today I had my first client shoot in months. It’s been a while and that
You might’ve deduced it from previous stories but I also have a parttime office job.
The layout of the black & white squares project (still no name for it as
A few things on my mind. A few thoughts worth sharing. Photography as a constant.
I got into the office early today. Around 8 am. Somebody had to be there
I think about photography so much that even when I’m trying to zone out a
I didn’t do much today and I plan to keep it that way.
looking back on one month of daily writing. January by the numbers Total words written
I don’t have much to say today other than that I plan to write a
There’s this tendency I have that I need to make record of. Here it goes.
Featured image by Patrick Tomasso The new Fujifilm X-E4. Do I need it? No. Do
I don’t, technically, have to write a whole Monologue today as I’ve written my first
I take my bike and go for a ride in the rural areas around the
I’m listing to this Dan Milnor podcast where he mentions how social media is about
I believe that being a well rounded individual is one of the highest goals you
Lately I’ve been feeling short of breath. Normally that means I’m high on stress. Not
A year ago. Only a year ago. Already a year ago. We were posted up
Sometimes I worry I’m too focussed on the peripherals and not enough on the goal.
In my quest for artistic growth and my search for topical meaning, I figured I
I posted this tweet yesterday that got me thinking: because I imply that the end
Photography confessions. I used to be obsessed with the images that came along with The
I sent out my first newsletter yesterday. On accident. It’s not a big deal but
Photo projects, on projects, on projects. Lately I’ve been enjoying an increasing amount of ideas.
Today’s story might be even more uninteresting than usual (at least to people that aren’t
Yesterday’s story wasn’t that good. I knew it when I wrote it and I know
My afternoon was marked by de- and reassembling a vintage Voigtländer Color-Ultron 50mm f1.8.
A new homepage for my website. Finally. After 115 revisions and iterations, I think I
I was blessed enough to help a friend out with stripping down their new home
I sit down after a long day at the office. I open my Heineken and
Today marks the day that I sold my first fine art photo print! I’ve made
I’m keeping today’s Monologue short on purpose to temper the expectations a little. I wrote
This is a cliché. As creatives, we need to make more physical products. Photographers in
It’s day number three and I already don’t know what to write. That shouldn’t matter
I find myself thinking out loud a lot recently. Sure, it’s something that I’ve always
Photography is easy when you know where to point your camera. Finding those things might
Daily writing. That’s something I want to do. Why? I’m not sure yet. Partly because
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