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maandag 12 januari 2015

The Sanatorium...

The place I visited last was a former sanatorium, situated in the French-talking part of Belgium. It was build in 1955 and it's activities stopped in the mid 80's due to being non profitable anymore. At it's best days the sanatorium had space for 150 beds (for children in the early stage of TBC)  but the maintenance costs were too high. A plan was made to make high end appartments here but there is only rot and decay. But if you enter and look for light in the darkness you will be rewarded. What that firetruck is doing there is, mind you, still a questionmark...








and this is how it looks from the outside ...


zaterdag 3 januari 2015

Wendy @ La Chartreuse

Continuing my epos at La Chartreuse I found another nice lady willing to pose for me. This time Wendy joined me there for some hours which was greatly appreciated by myself :)

All pictures taken with the Fuji X-E1, the 18-55mm and Nikon SB700's used off camera.

Now the pictures ...








and one BTS ...


donderdag 1 januari 2015

Annelies @ La Chartreuse

Some time ago I was looking for a model to pose at the Fort de La Chartreuse and Annelies was willing to do so. Mua (Make up artist) Red Key also proposed her services for that shoot. So we set a date and we met there the 29th december. It was a very cold day but no problem for my model who posed without blinking an eye. A very pro attitude of her!
All shots were taken with a Fuji X-E1, the 18-55mm and Nikon SB700's.
Model : Annelies Sas
Mua : Mua Red Key
Lighting assistants : Heather Mijngheer and Gerald Smolders

And now on to the pictures...


A BTS of the previous shot ...








zaterdag 27 december 2014

Stefanie

Some of you may know by now that La Chartreuse is my favorite photographic playground. But this time I wanted to depict that place with a female model and so I got in touch with Stefanie.

Posing for me was ok but La Chartreuse was a bit too far to go to so we went to my other favorite place, The Attic...and I didn't regret it! Thank you Stefanie for your time and patience.

All pictures where shot with a Fuji X-E1, the 18-55mm lens and depending on the shot 1 or 2 Nikon SB700's triggered off camera.

Now on to the pictures ...

I had the picture with the chair in mind and all the rest came out as a bonus for me, lucky me :)







zondag 7 december 2014

Searching for light in the darkness of La Chartreuse ...

La Chartreuse, a place I like to visit a lot. When I'm out of places to visit or when the weather is not that good to wander in nature I go to La Chartreuse. You can check out my previous visit of this fort here .

This was my third visit and still I find new corners, rooms and inspiration here in my search for light in the darkness.

All pictures where taken with the Fuji X-E1 and the XF18-55mm. The difference with previous visits is that this time some shots are composed out of more than one photograph, panoramic stitches to be more precise.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy the images ...










And there is always time for a laugh :)


zondag 30 november 2014

The Citadel...

The Citadel of Diest was build in the late 1830's to prevent foreign invaders reaching Brussels. In 1953 it became the home of the 1st Bataljon Paratroopers but is empty since 2011. The city of Diest is still looking for an usefull destination of this estate of 28 ha but sure is that a new hospital will rise here in 2023.

At the moment the Citadel has opened its gates to host an exhibition of contemporary art, Citadel'art. I prefer not to expres my thoughts about the "art" displayed here nor about the fact that probably huge amounts of communityfunds were involved here to create this exhibition. I saw this as an opportunity to visit a fortress that otherwise is closed. A bit of soft-Urbex so to speak, not having to climb walls or crawling in dark holes this time. But still in search for light in darkness...

All pictures were shot with the Fuji X-E1, the 18-55mm and the 35mm. Now on to the pictures, hope you do enjoy!









zondag 16 november 2014

Where the friars lie to rest...

Recently I noticed a lot of people upgrading to Fuji's latest models and lenses. The X-T1 and the 56mm f/1.2 to name a few examples. While I can understand the need to have the latest model and being a huge Fuji fan myself I do not follow that trend. Still being very pleased with my "old" X-E1 I decided to buy a second one for a very low price. That little machine performs as a charm and suits all my needs and now I have two of them :)

Anyhow, yesterday I visited a cemetary situated or should I say hidden in the forest behind a school. That school is the Sint-Jozefinstituut in Bokrijk, near Genk, and had during the years various destinations. From Kneipp-instituut to sanatorium for lung diseases to school which it still is. In the early days the teachers were friars and a lot of them found their last resting place here in this little cemetary...

All pictures were shot with the Fuji X-E1 coupled with the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 and shot @ f/1.4. All shots are each the result of at least 10 photographs and stitched together since the angle of the 35mm is not that large...