This is my learning log for the BA Course Photography at the Open College of Arts. The log is set up in WordPress and follows the structure as suggested by the OCA. This blog/log has no other goal than to keep track of my progress and journey during this course, form the obligated log towards the final assessment(s) as the main source to present other course assessments and coursework. I’ve chosen to include all the levels in one single blog/site, separated by top-level menu items. Below these top-level items, it follows the individual course structures. I opted for this to have a better overview of my progress and maintain a stable flow during the complete degree course.

Personal

Recently we changed our lives drastically. From workaholic entrepreneurs in security technologies, my wife Yvonne and I stepped out of the rat race and out of our business to enter a new way of living and freedom. We moved from the quiet and typically Dutch flat lowlands, indeed, with cows and windmills, to the old city centre of Amsterdam. The canals, the overwhelming amount of musea and galleries, the bars, restaurants the people, the rush and inspiration. Where Yvonne started fanatically study Cultural History and Art, I dusted off my old love “photography” and started shooting, miles and miles of walking, days, thousands of images. Read everything, sucked up the internet, visited all possible exhibitions and read dozens of books. Recently I decided I genuinely want to continue and bring myself to a new level of knowledge and growth. Perhaps not directly to improve my skills as a photographer, although it needs improvement, but more in the way to look at art and photography specifically. To create better understanding, widen my view, enhance my thoughts and analytic capabilities. Reflect on photography better, wiser and with more context and background. No idea where this leads me, I have no specific ambitions, not professionally and not commercially. For now, I’m here just for me, enjoying the ride for as far it will bring me, let’s see.

Yes, I’m Dutch, and although I’ve worked the past 15 years closely with and in the UK, at some point in life we only spoke English, I still think primarily in Dutch. My vocabulary in English is not at the same level as native English, especially not when it comes down to the subtle nuances in expressing art or my feelings and emotions on that subject. I fully understand, and this is not an excuse, but I’m aware this is an additional hurdle to take for me during this course.

from my heroes

The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.

Robert Doisneau

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.

Leonardo daVinci

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

Benjamin Franklin