In the book shop

‘Hemingways’ in Hermanus (South Africa) is a real collectors bookshop named after the American writer Ernest Hemingway. I just got the assignment from owners Beth and Noel Hunt to make a photographic document of this unique shop. Once you enter you go back in time. Not only the old books but also the ‘bric and brac’ are a real inspiration for the photographer’s eye.  Tomorrow I’ll be in the shop for 3-4 days for the real job. After that a few weeks battling behind my Apple …

Why I got this assignment? Social Media works: Beth saw the Youtubes about Stanford and my ‘art’ photography which went online last Sunday and said to Noel: “That’s the guy who can do it” and yesterday morning the deal was made. Both insisted that I document the bookshop the way I see it ….

Herewith a few processed ‘snapshots’ to provide you with an idea. All pictures made (candid camera way) from the chair I was sitting in chatting with Beth…

 

 

Candid Portraits 12: The Mahjong Brigade

The Coffee Corner in Morton Street, Stanford, South Africa is the place where villagers gather, play games, do their wireless computer work, talk and talk, pamper their babies, relax, read the newspaper, pick up a fast snack, dream, cry, laugh and above all enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and affordable food.
Although the people saw me one morning walking around with camera-equipment virtually all pictures are made the ‘candid camera way’.
 

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Candid Portraits 10: Passing by

The Coffee Corner in Morton Street, Stanford, South Africa is the place where villagers gather, play games, do their wireless computer work, talk and talk, pamper their babies, relax, read the newspaper, pick up a fast snack, dream, cry, laugh and above all enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and affordable food.
Although the people saw me one morning walking around with camera-equipment virtually all pictures are made the ‘candid camera way’.
 

The Bypassers did not see the STOP sign …

 

 

Candid Portraits 8: The Newspaper Geeks

The Coffee Corner in Morton Street, Stanford, South Africa is the place where villagers gather, play games, do their wireless computer work, talk and talk, pamper their babies, relax, read the newspaper, pick up a fast snack, dream, cry, laugh and above all enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and affordable food.
Although the people saw me one morning walking around with camera-equipment virtually all pictures are made the ‘candid camera way’.
 

… and there are customers who just want to read their newspaper or solve the daily crossword puzzle …

Candid Portraits 7: We Dream

The Coffee Corner in Morton Street, Stanford, South Africa is the place where villagers gather, play games, do their wireless computer work, talk and talk, pamper their babies, relax, read the newspaper, pick up a fast snack, dream, cry, laugh and above all enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and affordable food.
Although the people saw me one morning walking around with camera-equipment virtually all pictures are made the ‘candid camera way’.
 

Today: The Dreamers

Candid Portraits 6: Talk of the Town

The Coffee Corner in Morton Street, Stanford, South Africa is the place where villagers gather, play games, do their wireless computer work, talk and talk, pamper their babies, relax, read the newspaper, pick up a fast snack, dream, cry, laugh and above all enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and affordable food.
Although the people saw me one morning walking around with camera-equipment virtually all pictures are made the ‘candid camera way’.
 

We talk and talk ..

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Candid Portraits 3: Baby Love

The Coffee Corner in Morton Street, Stanford, South Africa is the place where villagers gather, play games, do their wireless computer work, talk and talk, pamper their babies, relax, read the newspaper, pick up a fast snack, dream, cry, laugh and above all enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and affordable food.
Although the people saw me one morning walking around with camera-equipment virtually all pictures are made the ‘candid camera way’.
 

Today: Baby Love

The Saturday Market

Some 40 years ago I accompagnied the famous Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken on the cattle market in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Bois le Duc). I was allowed to carry his bag. In oneandahalf hour he shot 1000 pictures (4 rolls of 250) with his camera with motordrive and after looking into the contactsheets in the dark room only 4 were in his critical eyes “suitable to work with” …. Van der Elsken used a 300mm lens to shoot images of weather torn faces of farmers and traders and their bidding (hand clapping) and that morning I learned one thing from him: “There is no public place where people are so themselves than on a market”.

When I was browsing this morning on the Saturday Market in nearby Hermanus I could vividly remember his words. From 3 different locations on this lively market I kept on shooting people (and a few goods). In total 211 shots of which about 120 were deleted on the spot and the rest was, briefly and by far not as critical as Van der Elsken, selected in Photoshop. If I look into the pictures again next month or so I doubt if there will be any left for the archive….. Van der Elsken also learned me something else: one of avery 250 photo’s is worth working with. And until so far in this photographic journey he’s proven right…

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