Summer is a rare commodity in Holland, so now that the season is well and truly upon us, what better way to celebrate than a day at the beach? We gathered a colorful cocktail of new and old friends and set off for a day of sun, sand and silliness. Chasing a frisbee, playing radical […]Read More Beach Day!
Given that I’m Irish-Indonesian and work at a rather multinational company, the only time I really get to taste essential Dutch culture is when I shoot a wedding or a party – and hallelujah, today is such a day. A former classmate from the old stomping grounds pinged me a few weeks ago, whether I’d […]Read More Johan’s 70th Birthday
The circumstances which brought me to a hotel in the windy coastal town of Zandvoort-aan-zee might, with a measure of generosity, be described thus: I was on assignment, as a photographer, with a journalist writing for the Independent. The penthouse floor of this nondescript hotel played host to a curious, wonderful little event: Cabbagecon, a […]Read More Cabbagecon 2013
In an unusual fit of householdy ambition, I cleared out half of my cluttered home office to create a tiny, tiny studio space. Using only the lighting gear I already have, a very modest set of two flashes and stands, plus a few light modifiers, I’ve been experimenting with self-portraits. I’m not a huge fan […]Read More Self-Portraits in Studio
I have hazy memories from my earliest childhood of the festivity and excitement of Koninginnedag, Queen’s Day, which is not the Queen’s birthday, but never mind that now. I’ve stopped going to Amsterdam for the celebration, way too busy. If you need to pee, you’ll soon be in dire straits — and this is in […]Read More Queen’s Day
As they say, “a walk in the park”. Spring can’t seem to make her mind up this year. She dips her toe into the world, uncorking our pent-up optimism, only to shy away and let winter take care of business for another few weeks. It bodes poorly for the summer, though we’ve had years before […]Read More Spring Constitutional
Tonight we went to see comedian and “Action Transvestite” Eddie Izzard at the Heineken Music Hall, my second experience of the high-heeled madman’s performance. The show was a bit short, it seemed, but I only noticed that in retrospect. He’s an acquired taste for some, but I’ve always found him an utterly intoxicating raconteur. He […]Read More Eddie Izzard Live: Force Majeure
This afternoon, my friends and I visited the Elf Fantasy Fair, on the grounds of the beautiful castle De Haar. Last time I attended a fair like this I’d brought my 85mm – a splendid portrait lens – but given the magnificent weather I suspected the crowd would be too dense for that this time. […]Read More Elf Fantasy Fair
Fellow photographer, DJ and engineer Daniel Wood had a guest this weekend. Alex, who’s best described as the bastard love-child of the tenth and eleventh Doctor Who, was visiting from England. Spring sprung upon the country and apologized for her tardiness with a splendid, warm weekend, so we took to the park for some portraits. […]Read More Portraits in the park.
For his birthday, my friend Seamus asked that we help him move his workshop into a new space he’d rented. Way to party, dude. The space was an abandoned primary school attached to a still-functioning daycare centre. The school looked marvellous; lots of floors connected by spiral staircases, loads of open space that begged to […]Read More Seamus’ birthday (and workshop move)