‘A question with no answer is a barrier that cannot be breached. In other words, it is questions with no answers that set the limit of human possibilities, describe the boundaries of human existence.”
― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being


(for breendonk, concentration camp, willebroek, belgië)

(for DP weekly photo challenge – boundaries and for lucile’s photo 101 rehab)

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor 70-200mm f/4 lens at ISO5600, 1/125s at f/4, edited in lightroom cc and analog efex pro 2, reflection on boundaries that should never have been crossed*



“we’re reaching for death
on the end of a candle
we’re trying for something
that’s already found us”
― jim morrison

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My second response to “Tech of the month: Long Exposure” hosted by the peerless perelincolors and lucile de godoy.

I set out with high hopes for this shoot.

However, I never was a Boy Scout, and so, sadly, I was not as well prepared as I should have been.

I took the metro from Weststation to Centraal. Lugging my camera bag and my tripod, full of expectation.

I fought through the crowds of tourists, flower fanciers and all those musical hipsters, to reach the Grote Markt, set up my tripod, hoping not to be moved on by the Politie fearing I was assembling a weapon of presumed mass destruction.

I found a suitable spot, fiddled with my settings, and found a rhythm.

And then, my battery expired.

So, I share these photos as a humble experiment, in anticipation of another opportunity.

*shot with nikon d700, nikkor 16-35mm f/4 lens, lightcraft workshop nd500 filter, manual setting, exposed at ‘bulb’ with Nikon MC-36 remote, should have ordered a new battery charger…*

(also submitted to lucile’s photo 101 rehab)


shooting people (in the back)

“people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf”

― george orwell





buttoned up

and bothering?

(politie, rue neuve, brussel)


*shot with nikon d700, edited with aperture 3, desaturated leaving blue in place using photoshop cc and inspiration from mara eastern*



“In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.”

― Haruki Murakami, After Dark



(Decorated door, Mechelen)

WordPress Photo Challenge – Converge – (re)converge(d)


photography101: weekend three two

“And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn’t know the market place of any single thing.”

– Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan

Not really sure about these.

Woke at four am with an idea.

Why not take a shot of a coin with the EU Parliament building in the background?

Not that hard to try, as the EU Parliament is right outside the window.

The scariest part of this (apart from the fact that I am dreaming of posts for #photo101)?

What if that euro coin fell off and landed on some poor soul’s head from the ninth floor?

If that had happened, I wouldn’t be writing this.

Penny euro for your thoughts?

NaBloPoMo 23 of 30 – photography101:weekendthree


photography101: weekend three

“There’s a red house over yonder,
That’s where my baby stays…”

– Jimi Hendrix

My homework for the weekend #photo101.

Monochromium Atomium.

With a dash of red.

(Atomium Brussel)

NaBloPoMo 22 of 30 – photography101:weekendthree



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This trip was supposed to be to the top of Parking 58 which offers the best views across the rooftops of Brussel.

A locked gate bent me out of shape – angular

So, I grabbed this shot, and wondered if I would ever use it.

And, now, I have.

My contribution to this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.

ps – you may also like to checkout my angular post on belgradestreets too…