Our son is moving to another house and we had some stuff stored at his old place, a good opportunity to assist him a bit in getting things organised. As you can see, he appreciated us being there.

I have been making photographs of my life and everyone and everything associated with it for as long as I have a camera. I photograph everything that I am remotely passionate about so photographing life is unavoidable for me.
That means that my relatives are very much used to being photographed by me and will not act unnatural when confronted with a camera. When I am there so is the camera, it's as simple as that.

The photograph above is the last one of the series of pictures below. 

Mother and sun were removing a desk. 

The window on the left provided a good primary light source with the walls reflecting enough light to fill the shadows. 

The photographs I made were ok, but a real good one was not there yet. 
Picture #1 is not bad and could be used.
#2 does not show what is actually happening.


Berlin indeed.

The cover picture might give the plot away. This is not about a recent visit, this is about Berlin in 1980.

The year before I had dropped out of photography school, I got extremely board with the pure technical approach they adopted there and I took an external photography exam, passed it and could officially call myself a Professional Photographer, certified and all. In those days you needed that certificate to set up any type of commercial photography business.

I was getting more and more attracted to photojournalism and by chance I met a girl with somewhat similar ambitions, Jacqueline de Gier . She was also into fashion design in those days, that's how I met her, I think I was asked to cover a fashion show of her.

Anyway, long story short: We where looking for interesting journalistic stories and decided to go to Berlin. By the way, we had no payed jobs in those days, worked on-and-off on little projects and assignments and we were always very short on cash, but hey…

Gay Paris

Now this is our actual daily life. Passing through Paris on the Seine.
Not every day, but it is something we do on a regular basis. We travel Europe and that includes Paris, from time to time.

Not that special, if you live in Paris you do it all day, but never the less.

I knew we where going through the central city at an hour that might be very opportune for some nice photographs, so I prepared the camera on forehand, knowing I would not be able to set much once we would be at the actual site due to the heavy Seine barge traffic and the narrow bridges that would require my full attention.

I selected the 35mm and set the ISO to 3200, shutter speed to 1/60s, aperture f4.
This would allow for handheld picture taking and seemed to me the best compromise. I test fired some shots once we got going, reviewed them in-camera and adjusted my exposure a little to 1/45s of a second. Once at the Bras de la Monnaie near the Notre Dame I was all set for a nice one.