a bit of summer

now that autumn has really started. We celebrated B's birthday on the beach.

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This afternoon I will go gathering walnuts. I don't have much to write about. Studying takes a lot of time. :) I am currently looking for a master thesis topic. Would love to do something on climate change and biodiversity in the arctic. So if anyone has a suggestion.... :)



Somewhere in the beginning of September, on a Sunday, I went to Amsterdam with B.


We had the best apple pie at the Noordermarkt. The sad thing is that I always get stressed from all those people (like ants) in cities. I prefer quiet places, but still I love the capital of my country.


Austria VII

Here you find the very last bunch of photos taken in the Austrian Alps this summer. It was the day we walked back to the valley, 17 km. My knees hurt so much (I already wrote that in the last post about Austria), but when I saw this strange thing in the third photo, I forgot about the pain.

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Before I started photographing a lot, I was often writing poems. I think the main theme still is absurdism or alienation. Someone told me I should write more often again. It might be a good advice. I should put a pen and paper in my bag more often.


Urban surroundings

A selection of photos I took with my fathers Leica M4 during this year. The first four a taken in Utrecht, where I live and the last two I took in the dunes where I collected dung and plants for a research.

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I find these patterns and repetitions in human made landscapes very interesting.


Another summer

Summer cannot only exist of travelling, at least not for me. Probably half of the time I was at home.

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Or visiting my grandmother, my sister, my brother or my parents. Have a great weekend!


hello, september

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Wow, it is the first of September. The normal life starts again, at least that is my association with September.

At the end of July I worked two days in an ecological pick-it-yourself-garden. The atmosphere in this place is so good. Everything looks so healthy, the soil, the flowers, the vegetables. This might be something I want to set up too when the time is there. These photos were taken with my Mamiya 645.


Austria VI

So far these are the last Austria photos I want to share. There are some photos left in the filmroll that is still loaded in my (fathers) Leica. I had problems choosing which camera I would take with me to Austria. Since we would go hiking, it shouldn't be too heavy to carry around. I took the Leica M4 to Morocco last winter and it worked so well there, that I decided to take that one again. And a 35mm lens for landscapes and a 90mm lens for portraits. It is the lightest and probably the best stuff I can use.

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The last day in the mountains we had to walk back to a bus stop in the valley. We knew it was far, but we thought it wouldn't be too far and not too steep etcetera. But then, my knees started to hurt. It was a painful day, and we got some rain, but also sun. The evening on the campsite was the first evening we could actually eat outside.


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The fifth day began cloudy, but we knew it would become sunny and it did. The landscape looked totally different, I no longer had the feeling that we were walking in the Scottish highlands.

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We walked back the mountain hut we slept in during the first night. We had the same Bergsteigeressen as the first evening, but at least with a bit of salad.

These days I am staying in The Hague until the summer holidays are over. Actually I am looking forward to start again. I will be working on a project on sustainable urban development in Amsterdam in the first few months. Not quite sure what kind of project it will be, but it will have something to do with biodiversity / ecology / energy in the urban area.


Austria IV

Slowly we began to see the surroundings, the mountains, although not the highest parts. We could sit down for a break without getting wet.

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But the paths were still streams and sometimes we had to cross rivers that you could not cross without getting wet shoes. But then, eating Apfelstrudel in the next hut was the best we could do.


Austria III

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We were still in the clouds the day after, and in the rain. It was a quick walk to the next mountain hut and we had 'Kaiserschmarrn' and sat inside for the rest of the day. The next day we climbed up to the clouds again, no view at the highest point, but the route led us into a valley and slowly the mist started to disappear.