King’s Day ’14

Since before I was born, every spring saw the celebration of Queen’s Day. Last year, Queen Beatrix abdicated and Willem Alexander took the throne, so the term “King’s Day” still feels a little weird. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s a great big party, the main feature of which is a national free market license […]

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Schiphol Silhouettes ’14

This last week was rather special. Every year around this time, the precession of the sun and my evening commute align so that beautifyl warm light streams through the glass facade of Schiphol Airport. It’s a rare configuration; most of the rest of the year the sun is blocked by nearby buildings when it’s so […]

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“Come Find Me” • Abbey Road

Fox Amoore, a pianist and composer, approached me last year with an interesting project. He’d crowd-funded the recording of his new album, Come Find Me, exceeding the amount he needed nearly fourfold, so he could afford to fly in vocalists he’d worked with in the past, and even the English Chamber Orchestra. Was I interested in […]

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Christmas Dinner with the In-Laws

On Boxing Day, David’s dad Cees and his wife Judith invited us for dinner, along with several other relatives. There was a strong Brazilian contingent, though the food was wholesomely European. Once the feast had settled we started into the gifts, stacked under the trees, and a supposed Brazillian tradition that required every opened gift […]

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Sinterklaas in Almere, 2013

As is tradition, the Sint and his retinue of Zwarte Pieten arrived in Almere and made their way through the city center in a rather magnificent and musical parade. For my friends abroad who may be unfamiliar, please see my comprehensive treatise from last year, retroactively titled “There’s No Time To Explain, But I Swear […]

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Last Summer Day in Utrecht

My American friend Reese was visiting Holland from Spain (he travels a bit) and my buddy Seamus asked if I wanted to join them for an afternoon’s walk through Utrecht. It’s been a few years since I visited the city, known for its old architecture and charming canals, such that it often stands in for […]

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Las Vegas, Aug ’13

Two weeks ago I visited a city I’ve had on my bucket list for a while: Las Vegas, Nevada. I was flown out by the Photosmith team to help promote our iPad photography application at Photoshop User World, but I took a few days extra in advance to recover from jetlag and explore the city […]

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Artis Zoo, Aug ’13

It’s been years since I visited Artis, a classy old zoo in a throbbing ventricle of Amsterdam, and I’d got this new lens to test, so… Artis has always been a delightful place just to walk around and explorer, and hopefully encounter some interesting creatures. While some of the big cats, to my mind, could […]

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Monster Magnet at the Patronaat

  A few months ago I covered a Discworld Fan Club convention at Zandvoort for a British journalist, who shortly thereafter asked me if I’d be up for covering a Monster Magnet gig in August. Sure, said I, and quickly hit Wikipedia to see who they were. Having never done concert photography before, I was […]

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