B E H I N D T H E B A R S

Almost two months ago I was working as an Assistant Camera on the set of a Dutch feature film. Ten long heavy work days with hardly one day of rest in between are still kinda haunting my mind and body, but for the rest let’s say it was fun. 

I often take my camera with me even if, technically, I don’t have to make any pictures. This time often turned into.. one day, yeah… tiredness kills everything. Luckily I took it with me on exactly the right day, when we were shooting in a former prison complex Bijlmerbajes, which is currently anything but prison.. a hotel, a restaurant, climbing spot.. you name it.

Several floors and some other areas, as far as I know, remain untouched though. You can get a guided tour through these prison facilities, that in some cases look better than that hotel room you booked on your vacation to Thailand.. maar ja welcome to The Netherlands :)

Yet, even a comfy and relaxed ex-prison still has its creepiness, depri-wibes and that dark and empty feeling which I tried to capture in my photographs. Pictures are a mix of set and interior photography. 


D U K E O F T O K Y O

Exactly a month ago Duke of Tokyo, the very first Japanese karaoke bar opened its doors in Amsterdam on Reguliersdwarsstraat and as you probably already guessed I was lucky to photograph their amazing space.

I wouldn’t describe Duke of Tokyo any better as real writing talents of Colourful rebel already did:

“As though you’re walking through the narrow and mysterious streets of Tokyo, that’s the feeling you get when entering the Duke of Tokyo. In the back of the bar you can find eight karaoke booths, followed by a Japanese-like street filled with neon lights, posters and graffiti. The front of the karaoke bar is designed as a signature Japanese bar with intimate seating corners. At the bar you can try Duke of Tokyo’s signature cocktails, classic mixed drinks with an Asian twist and Japanese snacks.” 

Entree magazine also posted some of my interior photography for Duke, but my personal favourites are here (◕‿◕) ->


P A N A M A // C O L O M B I A // 35 MM

Yep, it’s another travel story, only now it’s analogue and from another part of the world, a warmer part of the world :p 

Weather related escape trips in the beginning of the year is a thing for me, not yet a hobby, but I’m getting there. I was always more attracted by Asia, but this time Central America rang the bell and I took off for a month leaving cold and rainy Amsterdam behind.

I was struggling with deciding which camera to take with me, but in the end chose for analogue due to its small size, weight and of course, dah, the best colours digital will never be able to beat. That combined with an iPhone in my pocket gave me a compact but comforting ‘ready to shoot’ feeling.. Little did I know that my phone will hit the ocean floor after the first week of travel, my bf’s phone will disappear mysteriously from an empty island beach, leaving me with my Minolta XG-M that suddenly decided it to make pictures by itself.. I had a crisis moment right there, but then hallelujah! eureka! or whatever you can shout when you find a solution - I managed to work around my camera’s sudden independency and photographs came out just fine.

Writing is hardly my talent, so I won’t bore you with a never ending verbal shenanigans of my one month adventure and will stick to a short (I hope) route sum-up.

My trip started on 18th December with couple of days in Panama city from where I took a night bus, a taxi and a boat (more like 3 of them) to Bocas del Toro. After Christmas celebration combined with iPhone diving farewell we flew to Medellin in Colombia. From there we took a local bus to a cute pretty village Guatape that lies next to the gorgeous lake and multiple lands previously owned by notorious Pablo Escobar. Three days later we came back to Medellin to celebrate New Year Colombian style. A hidden gem for techno lovers - Medellin’s club Top Secret. Great music and atmosphere, a night I will never forget. 

Short story long, next day we took our hangover on a flight to boiling and steamy Cartagena. Feeling lobstery after just one day we headed towards Palomino, which was hardly something special, except for one thing - a nearby National Park Tayrona. Being crazy as I am I walked 22 km through the jungle in one single day; a trip that’s normally broken down in 2 parts with an overnight on the camping sight in the park. 

Aaaand back to Cartagena’s hammam only to catch a plane to Panama city and rush to the boat that took us to our final stop before Amsterdam - paradise islands Contadora & Saboga. Almost as any place I’ve visited on this trip the islands had their ‘problem moments’ but I fell in love with them anyway, especially Contadora.

Ok, ok it’s time to shut up for me :)

Enjoy the pictures and if you are planning to travel to Panama & Colombia be prepared, study the route, book flights and accommodations in advance and of course practice your Spanish, adios! 

Panama


Colombia

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