Winter in Kraków by Marcin Ryczek

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Balloon boy

Balloon boy

In 2011 I went to the “Amsterdam 1935-2005” photography exhibition at Stadsarchief Amsterdam. It gave a great overview of Amsterdam throughout the years, both the good and the bad. My favourite was this Cor van Weele photograph, unfortunately I still haven’t been able to find a print of it. If anyone knows where I can find it, let me know!

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Frozen happiness

The last two weeks it has been quite cold, freezing up to -15 Celsius. Although biking in the cold is anything but fun, it did make Amsterdam even prettier than it already is. Below you’ll find proof…

Amsterdam on ice (c) Freek Batstra

Last week I also managed to get on the canals, just like thousands of others did. It was great to see the city from a different point of view, and to see so many people enjoy it. Just have a look this video and you’ll get a feeling of how great the atmosphere was. I’m so happy I live her.

The picture below is from a city called Leiden. Originally posted on Facebook (over 40,000 likes and was shared almost 12.000 times in a few days), it was taken up by numerous international media.

Leiden on ice (c) Hielco KuipersHere’s yours truly enjoying some glühwein :)

Lieke Voermans on Amsterdam canal

Something old, something new

I love Instagram and have been an avid user since 2010. Each weekend they do a ‘weekend hashtag project’ and this weekend it was #somethingoldsomethingnew. Below you’ll find my entry, a combination of my 1920’s Remington type writer and my brother’s iPad (with the type writer app, yes it exists).

Something old, something new (iPad and Remington)The first I have in my living room and really need to get it fixed, the latter I’m borrowing while my brother is traveling for five months. Love both!

Making True Grit

(c) Jeff Bridges photo - True Grit - Hanging Scene

Last weekend I’ve seen True Grit at a lovely movie theater in Amsterdam. Really liked the atmosphere of the raw wild west, which wasn’t the typical Hollywood glamour version of it. Jeff Bridges,who plays one of the main characters Rooster Cogburn, has been taking some wonderful pictures on set. Above is my favourite, check all the others here: Making True Grit. Via

World Press Photo 2010

I’m always proud of the fact that World Press Photo is a Dutch institute located in Amsterdam. Today they have announced the World Press Photo 2010 winners, you can view the amazing, winning images in the gallery here. The World Press Photo of The Year is of an 18 year old Afghan girl who was disfigured as punishment, shot by photographer Jodi Bieber. This shot comes out of the category ‘Portraits’ but easily could have come from the category ‘Spot News’, which impacted me the most.

Three of my favourites are…

Riccardo Venturi, Italy, Contrasto. Old Iron Market burns, Port-au-Prince, Haiti,

Old Iron Market burns, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (c) Riccardo Venturi

Martin Roemers, the Netherlands, Panos

Metropolis (c) Martin Roemers

Stefano Unterthiner, Italy, for National Geographic magazine.

Whooper Swan (c) Stefano Unterthiner

What is your favourite?


A Visual Life – The Sartorialist

The Sartorialist is on of my favourite photography/style blogs for ages. Intel decided to make a 7 min documentary about Scott Schumann, the man behind this incredibly popular blog. It’s gives a beautiful insight in what he does, how and why: