Essay: Made to last? – The Jedi texts, totalitarianism and book burning in The Last Jedi

I wrote a short essay about the portrayal of the sacred Jedi texts as paper books in the new Star Wars movie, and how this relates to totalitarianism and the resistance against it. It's available to read here on Medium.com. Needless to say, spoilers for The Last Jedi. Excerpt: Could we imagine that there were once... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Kuala Lumpur

In 2015 I travelled to New Zealand and Indonesia, an incredible trip which led to the start of this blog. To cut the 24-hour flight to Auckland in half we decided to take 48 hours off in the city where we had to transfer, Kuala Lumpur. As it turned out, 48 hours were enough, Southeast... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Suomenlinna

Given that there's only one month the Fins can properly call 'summer', it might be a bit of a stretch to call Suomenlinna, a former military bastion just off the coast of Helsinki, a little holiday paradise. Yet there was still plenty to see when I visited there in April earlier this year, though it... Continue Reading →

Essay: The world in self-portraits

Recently, I was asked by my friend Anouschka to contribute something to her creative online platform, LitCafe (a brilliant initiative, where writers, artists, philosophers and other creative minds meet). As the theme for October was "Déja Vu", I thought I'd write a short essay about my ever-ongoing self-portrait series: why I do it, why I call... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Newcastle

While on holiday in Yorkshire last month, my friends and I decided to go up to Newcastle for the day. I didn't know much about the city, except that it was at the heart of the industrial revolution in Britain and that it's where Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler is from. In fact, while making... Continue Reading →

Histourism: Riga

As the temperatures are finally consistently running into the high twenties Celsius here, it's funny to think that only about two months ago I was walking around in Riga in a snowstorm - granted, one that only lasted a day. We went out then, on Easter Sunday, thinking we might do some sightseeing, but ended... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Helsinki by night

As opposed to the blink-and-you-miss-it blue twenty minutes we usually get here in the Netherlands -- one of the best times of day for photographers, when the sun has just set and the combination of electric night lights and the still luminous sky makes for the most beautiful pictures -- Helsinki was exceedingly generous with its opportunities... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Amsterdam

A visit to Amsterdam is always a treat - whenever I'm down there for the day I seem to soak up the art, architecture, exhilaration, diversity and history of the city like a sponge. Here is a collection of snapshots I took during various visits in the past few months.

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