Unseen Amsterdam – The Photo Pleasure Palace

2017.09.23@14.48.44-jes.jpgIn September this year, I visited the Unseen Amsterdam for the second time. A lot of great photography, good presentations, a big book fair, and of course a lot of people in the beautiful weather in Amsterdam.

New this year (at least I did not see it last year), was the Photo Pleasure Palace, by Thomas Maileander and Erik Kessels. They had taken a humorous look at photography, and some examples shown below.


The toilet obscura

A camera obscura, with a toilet. Which was not working, but the idea was fun. From there you could watch the Trump Jump (see below).

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The smash gallery

2017.09.23@15.03.31-jesThe audience could buy wooden blocks, and throw at a wall with photos. If you hit a photo, it was wrapped for you, and you got to take it home.


Jump Trump

2017.09.23@14.51.10-jes.jpgThe Jump Trump gave you a chance to jump on Trump. I guess you didn’t even know you wanted to do this, right 🙂


See video below







Nederlandsche Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij

On December 20th, I arranged a photo walk to the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam. I was recommended this area by several people, as an interesting area for photography, which was confirmed when I got there. The NDSM wharf is very easily accessible by ferry from the Amsterdam Central station, which runs every 30 minutes, and is free.

I invited to a photo walk using MeetUp at the Dutch Photography Meetup Group, and got around 10 responses. I also arranged with model Eva, who also joined us.

I invited to the photo walk…

  • on a place where I’d never been before
  • with people I’d never met before
  • with a model I’d never worked with before.

Recipe for an interesting day :-).

And I think it turned out very good. We had some wind, but the sun was out, with some clouds, giving different light. (The next day it was raining all day). After the walk we ended up at the Noorderlicht Café, where several of us had cocoa with brandy.

I tried to gather everybody for a photo, but there were so many interesting things to see and photograph, that a couple of the most active photographers are missing from this photo. (I guess this confirms the rule that the probability of gathering n people is proportional to the square of n :-))

A piece of good advice, painted on the tiles.

Below are some of my photos from this photo walk.