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 →

Essay: War tourism and commemoration – from selfies to Schindler’s List

Lately, in the context of Remembrance Day here in the Netherlands, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the different ways in which World War II is being remembered today. For us, being occupied by Nazi Germany during the war has become a foundation myth of our identity, and most Dutch novels,  films, and... 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.

Shutterspeed: Wrocław

Some time ago, my friends and I went on a city trip to Wrocław, Poland's fourth largest city. It was my first time visiting Poland, and I couldn't have hoped for a better introduction than I got by wandering around in this breathtaking city for 48 hours. For both culture vultures and those looking for good food,... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Colourful Dublin

My last day in the British Isles this summer was spent in Dublin, the colourful capital of Ireland. I had never been there before, but it had been on my list for a long time, and how I'd love to go back! I walked through the streets of Dublin early in the morning, inhaling the crisp morning... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Cardiff in black and white

I took these photos on the last day I spent in Cardiff, after my internship in Swansea had come to an end. I really enjoyed experimenting with light, shadows and contrast while photographing the stunning architecture from the Victorian period--the time when Cardiff was at its most prosperous. The arcades are quite unique--they even earned Cardiff the... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Ghent

Having spent this last New Year's Eve peering at dull flashes and occasional showers of sparks desperately trying to penetrate the thick fog in my hometown, Utrecht, I reminisced about spending the same night in the Belgian city of Ghent two years ago. On New Year's Eve, I whiled away the hours before midnight by sitting... Continue Reading →

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