One of my first…

One of my earliest photo’s, shot about 24 years ago on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.

By then, as a 16 year old kid, I was the proud owner of an Olympus OM10 with a Sigma f:4.5 70-210 zoom lens. Actually the lens I still have although it hasn’t seen any use for many years.

The OM10 was my second camera, after a Praktica MTL5 as my first, with just a standard lens. Already then I quickly upgraded: after not too long the OM10 was traded in for a used OM1n, a fantastic camera of which I still regret that a couple of years later it was found beyond repair by a local Utrecht camera store. Maybe some day I will just for old times’ sake buy a nice old one on Ebay.

The same camera store that declared the OM1n a total loss was (or maybe still is) located near the house where I then lived, on the Oudegracht in Utrecht. There was a couple of very nice Nikon camera’s in the window and many times on my way home I found myself drooling before the shop’s windows. Especially appealing were the Nikon FA, FE2 and FM2, all rather straight forward and excellent camera’s. I think it was there that my interest in Nikon cameras was roused.

About the photo above. When I was in high school, I borrowed the book ‘Een liefdesgeschiedenis in Saint Germain des Prés’ by the famous Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken from the local public library and immediately fell in love with Van der Elsken’s photo’s in that book. Or maybe just with Ann, one of the girls photographed by Van der Elsken. More info on the book:

Van der Elsken became one of my great examples as a photographer and I really wanted to make photo’s like he did. And dreamt of perousing the Paris streets and pubs, making photo’s and kissing girls like Ann.

When making the photo above I was certainly influenced by Van der Elsken, as is shown by its directness and rawness. Now, many years later it still is one of my favorites.

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