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In memoriam. Why pictures matter.

This week I received an email from Lotte to ask me if I still had a certain picture in my archive. Both her grandparents passed away pretty soon after each other.

The thing is that I immediately remembered what picture she meant. And this was a picture from 2009. I remember taking it, I remember the moment, the location, the people. This image reminds me why pictures matter, and it made my stand still by what I do. I’m not there to just document that happy day, but I’m also there to capture memories. And even under these circumstances, this made me smile just a little.

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Lotte & Jeroen , my condolences to you and the family. Thank you for letting me write this and I hope your grandparents can keep dancing on forever.

Hugz,
Tom

Making time for personal work. Shooting M. Part I.

Those following me on instagram might have noticed I’ve been playing around a bit more lately. Call it experimenting if you want. To me it feels like I found my “mojo” back! In 8 years of photography I’ve never just shot with ONE girl model before. I’ve have no idea how to “direct” and I made that clear to M. My idea was to just shoot some natural light portraits in my living room. Periods of harsh sunlight changed out for periods with nice clouds. Happy with the results. Thank you M. for the trust!

Gear:
Fujifilm X-PRO2/XF35mm1.4 & X-T1/XF90

I didn’t really plan for the next 3 images , and I’m not even sure how we got from shooting the above type of images to smokebombs and Sanseverias. I guess the lesson here is to improvise and go with the flow. Fact is that these images probably triggered the idea for Part II.

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