During the month of June and most of July 2016 I exhibit 30 of my photo's in the glass show cases suspended on the walls and pillars along Sint Antoniesbreestraat in the centre of Amsterdam. Most photo's were made in the month of May, but all are showing city trees showing their first spring foliage
February 10, 2010: One of the photographs of the series I made in Patagonia: de "collar" of the summit of the volcano Villarica in Chili
February 14, 2010; Chili, Ruta 40: on the road to Esquel
February 15, 2010; Argentina, op weg naar Puerto Madryn
February 15, 2010; Argentina, on the road to Puerto Madryn, a long drive from west to east through endless steppe
February 22, 2010; Argentina, on the road to National Park "Torres del Paine"
February 22, 2010; Chili, guanacos on the road just before arrival in National Park "Torres del Paine"
February 25, 2010; Argentina, on the road from Torres del Paine to El Chalten
February 25, 2010; Argentina, view of the fairy tale beauty of Fitz Roy Massive
February 25, 2010; Argentina, arrival in El Chalten; a young city in a barely populated part of the world
February 28, 2010; Argentina, on the road to "Parque Nacional los Glaciares"
A few times a year I shoot photo reports, I place them on my Picasa page, among them reports of neighborhood events in the Amsterdam Innercity, till the end of 2014 for Wijkcentrum "D'oude Stadt". The photo you see below is made during the opening of a show-window street exhibition in Sint Antoniesbreestraat about Nieuwmarkt-cats in October 2011.
Photographer Jacob Heeringa and his wife, visual artist Marja Broersen, with the flowers he received at the opening reception.
In August 2012 I followed the Gay Pride Festival on request of the editors of the neighborhood cronicle "OpNieuw". They asked me to write an article about it. They published the article in OpNieuw September 2012 (page 14) but there was no place for all the illustrations and théy make the article complete.
audience at Gayparade 2000
I shoot photographs of the Gay Parade in the Amsterdam canals already since 1998, the year also the Gay Games (sport!) were held in Amsterdam. Several times I saw and photographed the boats parade that takes place every year on the first saturday of August. The parade starts in Westerdok, goes along the half circle of Prinsengracht, follows Amstel river to the city-centre, turns to the right there along Zwanenburgwal and Oudeschans, finally ending in Oosterdok.
canal parade 2000, photo's made along Prinsengracht near Haarlemmerstraat
canal parade 2000, audience along Amstel river near City Hall
gay festival 2001, open air "gay~film" showing on Nieuwmarkt
canal parade 2003, Zwanenburgwal, left the City hall
canal parade 2005
canal parade 2007, Zwanenburgwal
in 2007 we gathered along the route near the house (in the Pentagon-building) of friends, who had organized a party: pampered with snacks and alcoholic drinks we had a TOP time on the corner Zwanenburgwal / Raamgracht.
canal parade 2007; friendly atmosphere on the bridge over Raamgracht
Gay Pride Festival is the festival for homo’s, lesbo’s, bi’s and transgenders from all over the world. In Amsterdam people, who were not wanted and prosecuted in their own country can feel accepted here and be artistically active in Photo, Film and Performance. In the festival week (July 29 till August 5, 2012) everyone could make contact with their work and soul; shows in galleries, film projection in the open air and the last day, sunday, many artists performed on a stage on Rembrandtplein while writers had market stands on Thorbeckeplein.
gay pride festival 2012
The gay parade has changed in character in the course of the years, mostly because it grew bigger and bigger every year introducing commercialism and boats financed by institutions. Now, seeing the parade is more and more looking at people, party-ing on their KPN- or ING-boat. You can say, that's all right, it shows acceptance and integration, but the specific charm is lost in the process. That is why it is good that more side-activities are organized now; the gay pride festival is now also: gallery exhibitions and square concerts and markets, spread over a whole week.
Liesbeth Pijper, hostess in the Pintohuis during a lecture evening (31 July 2012).
Mrs. Pijper had booked two strip-writers for readings about their work on July 29: Ton of Holland with a book filled with drawings of the Berlin gay scene and Ype Driessen, who makes photos strips about situations in his own life and publishing them also on his Facebook page. The pleasant thing of such a night is the way the authors talk about their work: showing projections of their drawings or photo's, they tell about the way they were conceived. So you get to know two totally different persons, who are different from other gays you know and that is fun. It is giving their publications an extra dimension.
The first reading was given by Ype Driessen.
Ton of Holland held the second lecture: he told about the coming into being of his book of drawings.
I also saw photo-exhibitions organized during the “gay week”; for instance in Montelbaanstoren at Secret Garden or in Restaurant Moes in the souterrain of Galerie De Appel (Prins Hendrikkade), places I don't frequent normally. I saw a photo made by the Iranian photographer Rabta in the Vinkenstraat printed on a canvas of 2.50 m x 1.50 m. .
Left: Art Photo by Rabta, photographed at Galerie Amphora in Vinkenstraat. Right: photo by Willem Spoelstra: "Rugbyteam" in Restaurant Moes
After the boats parade saturday, on sunday, the finishing day, I went to Rembrandtplein to experience the atmosphere. DJ-music there and market stands on Thorbeckeplein. Horeca-participation was high; I did not find much "depth", unfortunately, but it was fun!