Happy Me – Black and White

I really love my Nikon D3100 but I’m not practicing often enough. I’m usually taking pictures of people who don’t notice it or of myself, because I’m not confident enough to practice on people posing for me yet. I’m into black and white photography. I only like a picture when the person in it doesn’t fake his or her expression. Still, when you’re modeling it’s hard to avoid posing your facial expression. These self-portraits aren’t very perfect or whatever, but I think they show that I was very happy at the time (and I still am!). The fact I just came from the beach and didn’t wear any make-up makes the pictures more ‘real’.

Don’t mind letting me know what you think.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting

I realize how fast time goes by when there’s a new weekly photo challenge. I’m always looking forward to this challenge, because it gives me a good reason to go through my favorite photo album: My trip through Mexico. I did my internship in Oaxaca – Mexico in 2011 and ever since I can’t stop thinking about this amazing country and it’s wonderful people. I love using my Mexico pictures, because they all have a special meaning to me and I remember every single moment.

Picture uno: I sat in the bus to Puerto Escondido playing with my camera when I saw this cute couple. I caught them giving each other a quick kiss. Just too cute!

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido

Picture dos: Puerto Escondido has one of the best surfing beaches in da world! Of course I wanted to scratch ‘surfing’ off my bucket list so I took a lesson. I’m not a pro. Not even a talent. This is just a lucky picture of me being able to keep standing up for more than 10 seconds. But I loved it!

Puerto Escondido

Puerto Escondido

Picture tres: Of course I visited Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución) when I was in Mexico City. The Zócalo in Mexico City is 57,600 metres² (240 m × 240 m) and one of the largest city squares in the world. It is beautiful and really nice to walk around. I saw these people having a quick lunch. Only the dad noticed me, right at the moment I took the picture.

Mexico City

Mexico City

Picture cuatro: I like to show more pictures of my Dutch life. I took this picture in Schiedam for my photography course last year. I love that even though all objects are blurry,  you can still see everything.

Schiedam - The Netherlands

Schiedam – The Netherlands

Let me know what you think if you want to (: Thanks and good luck on this challenge!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Pattern. Well there’s a pattern in almost everything.
For this week’s challenge I’ve chosen pics of animals, because their skin/fur is so beautiful.

My fav? The peacock!

I took the pictures of the baby crocodiles and the turtles in Mexico when I went on an ‘eco-tour’. The baby crocodiles were crawling over each other; freaky but cool!
The turtles made a nice pattern by laying down in a circle.

The peacock, zebra, tiger and giraffe can be found in the Zoo of Barcelona. I love zoos and this one was very nice!
Oh, and the poop-picture? I thought it made a nice pattern 😉

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Perfect Life

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Yes I am smiling.
Can’t you see how happy I am?
I’m living the perfect life.
 
I got no reason to be sad.
No reason to cry, to scream, to hurt myself.
I’m living the perfect life.
 
Fuck my life.
I hate myself, my world, the way everyone is.
I hate my perfect life.
 
I’m alone.
I can scream if I want to, no-one will notice.
They think I’m living the perfect life.

 

*I set the shutter really low so I was able to move in the picture (it’s just one shot).

The Three

I am blessed with three beautiful, strong women in my life. These women have taught me I should always have faith. That it’s okay to stand up for myself. That so much is possible, as long as I keep on trying. And that I should enjoy life, every second of every day.

These women are my great grandmother, grandma and mama. I love them very much.

I took these pictures January 2012 and I wanted to focus on the ‘age’. That time my great grandma was 85, my grandma 64 and my mom 45. I love that you can see they have lived by the wrinkles in their faces and look in their eyes. They don’t like these pictures because they think they look old. The way I see it I showed how they really are 😉 Not that young anymore, but still beautiful!

My Great Grandmother

My Great Grandmother

My Grandmother

My Grandmother

My Mother

My Mother

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

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The first picture (my background as well) is me eating a lollipop in Valencia – Spain. I bought the lollipop and liked the colors so much I just had to take a picture of it. In order to make it interesting I added lipgloss and sugar. I took it outside and the background colors are the leaves of the palm tree in front of my apartment.

For the weekly photo challenges I always like to use pictures I took in Mexico. These three are taken in San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas. I love the colors and in exchange for a picture a bought a scarf and some bracelets from the two girls in the second picture.

Abbey Tongerlo

I’m not religious. I think you may call me an atheist. But I’m a curious atheist and willing to experience almost everything! So when my dad and I agreed how cool it would be to stay in a monastery my mom decided to surprise us by taking us to Abbey Tongerlo in Belgium.

I was surprised by the beauty of the abbey, which I’ll show you later this week. Now I just wanna tell about the room…
There are two kinds of guest rooms: Student Rooms and Normal Rooms. My parents stayed in a large Normal Room which was really nice. The furniture was old but well maintained and it looked like rooms you see in old movies. I stayed in a single Normal Room. It was simple but nice: a bed, armchair, table, dressing table, closet and another chair. But it was good. No TV, no radio, no wi-fi. Nothing like my normal life at all. The hallways were very cold but our rooms were warm and cozy.  The gate closed at 10 pm every night. Since it was my dad’s birthday my parents went out for a drink, but I felt sick and stayed in where I read for hours. It was so good to be able to read without texting or checking my mail every now and then.

The rooms are so quiet. No noise at all. During the day you’ll here the church bells but that’s about it. Apparently many students who are living in the area come to the abbey because they can concentrate without being distracted.

I really liked spending time in my room, even though we didn’t come just to sit and relax.

Like I said, I’ll post more about my weekend later, but for now two self portraits that I took while sitting in the windowsill. Sitting there made me feel like I went 100 years back in time.

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