Category Archives: Explore

SOTW: One Little Plane- She Was Out In The Water.

It has been quite a while, but here back again the Song Of The Week. The perfect lazy Sunday song!

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Explore: VINTAGE CAMERA’S

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About 3 weeks ago I went to the Thrift store and found 2 old (but awesome) looking vintage camera’s. I had to go through a whole box full of them but I found two great ones. (I think) I got them for E1,50 each. It was way too cheap, so I had to buy them!

First one was the Hanimex 35 Dual Lens camera. As the name already says, it has two lenses. One tele (close range focus)  and one wide (for nice scenes). For a more closer look; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6l4_uLF4ro

You can also see some photo’s taken by this camera on the Lomography website. http://www.lomography.com/photos/cameras/3339280-hanimex-35-dual-lens

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The second one is a Gepe brand camera. The AWF 35 DX to be exact. It was hard for me to find this one on the internet, and find information about it. Since I guess it was not that popular in its days. The Hanimex on the other had was more popular. But this one has a nice colorway and has a nice vintage look, so that is why I decided to buy it!

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I hadn’t done anything with it yet, because I couldn’t find my film. So yesterday I decided to purchase old film for these camera’s. And I just received them! I bought one NEOPAN 400 black and white and two Superia X-tra 400, both from Fujifilm. (http://www.fototuerlings.nl/vintage-cameras/old-stock-films) When I buy regular ones at HEMA, it would cost me around 7/8 euro’s for 3. And here I bought different kinds for 15 euro’s in total, including shipping. So it is a bit more than the regular ones, but I hope the results are worth it in the end.

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Soon I will show you guys the results! So keep on reading!

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Berlin Street Art Workshop.

Last week I went back to Berlin for the third time this year! I really love this city because of all the different subcultures and the underground party scene. Except for partying we also did some other stuff. Like a street art workshop by Alternative Berlin. (http://alternativeberlin.com/berlin-graffiti-workshop-and-street-art-tour)

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Photo By Ruby Boudestein

 

Because Berlin is the most poor capital of Europe (or at least one of them) it is cheap to live there. So a lot of artists and creative people feel drawn to the city. They can rent cheaper apartments here and make a living. As we know it is not always that easy to make a living being an musician or a painter. That is why this city is full of creative people! And that is what makes the city more alive, in my opinion. Those creative people want to express themselves and so do the graffiti artists. That is the reason why the city is full of their graffiti pieces.

First we got a guided tour around some parts of Berlin near Alexanderplatz. The guide told us alot about the art on the walls, that we would normally pass by without noticing. It was fun to hear the stories behind the pieces that were painted on the walls of the trainstations, stores etc. And the stories of graffiti crews in the city. Our guide was a graffiti artist himself and you could definitely see this during the tour. He spoke very enthusiastically about the pieces and the scene. And that is what made it way more interesting. He told us about Creepo, Mr. Six, El Bocho and many more.

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After a one and a half hour tour outside (in the cold, snif). We went to their workshop/gallery. Here we got to make our own pieces after demonstrations of local artists. We could all pick a stencil of our liking and had to cut the black parts out. This stencil we used to spray the graffiti onto a piece of carton later. It sounds all very simpel, but the results are great! After some hard work I had my Twiggy piece to bring home with me!

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I had a fun time hearing all the stories and doing the workshop, so I would definitely recommend it if you’re going to Berlin with a group :). Berlin has lots of great art pieces all around the city, so stop and have a good look!

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Explore: Museum Automatiek.

Quite some time ago I visited an exhibition of Rotterdam culture near the Afrikaanderplein in Rotterdam. It was quite an unusual exhibition but very cool! They had a machine that normally gives you snacks, but it was filled with objects that identify the culture in south Rotterdam.  Instead of making your stomach’s hunger go away these so called “snacks” ease your hunger for culture.

For the price of 1 euro you can make a card at the machine. With this card you can purchase an object in the machine. After you gained the object, it was possible to watch a short 1 minute movie containing information of the object you just took out of the machine.

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The object I picked was a bag filled with the necessities to make a “knoopjeslapje”, a piece of fabric with buttons sewed onto it. It was made to release people their stress, and help people with dementia symptom to get tranquil. With you object you had a piece of paper with a story written on it. I found my story really touching. It was about a widow who was taking care of her demential mother in law. She made her a “knoopjeslapje”, so she could hold on to it during her anger attacks.

When I got home I made myself one with the things that I got in the bag. I had a fun time doing it! But I’m hoping I won’t need it for any of my relatives and friends any time soon!

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