Monday, 30 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Dam Girl

Unedited shot of a girl on the Dam Square in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle, taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing (that's a lie, I cropped it a bit ;), no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

Last weekend I went to the Dam Square to shoot a couple of wicked reflection movies and of course I ended up taking some photos as well...I like this one, it's got a fine Hotel, a giant Schlong (no, wait, that sounds wrong, I don't like giant Schlongs, haha :)), a torso-less head and a pretty girl trying to run away from my the aggressive snapping of my cam, perfect ;-D

Almost weekend and just 4 more days until Sinterklaas, the traditional Dutch Christmas, yay!


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Sunday, 29 November 2009

My Love


My Love, originally uploaded by AmsterS@m - The Wicked Reflectah.

Mobile phone cam shot of my bike parked against a 'XXX' lamp pole. Some contrast&saturation added.

I am in love...with my bike and the best city in the world :)

Even though I am completely overworked and stressed out at the moment and I sometimes want to hit people in the street with my bike, because every little space and tiny, narrow street in Amsterdam is filled&overcrowded with bikes and tourists, I still totally heart Bikey and Adamski, there's nothing better than to glide through town with some good music on my headphones, watching the lights and the beautiful buildings&babes float by, while looking for puddles to shoot some wicked reflections :))

Have a good start into the new week!

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Bike Terror

Billions of bikes parked on the Dam in Amsterdam, shot with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. I've added some contrast&saturation.

When I was in the city this weekend, I've noticed this display of the occasional mindless 'I don't give a F**k' attitude that lots of the locals have when it comes to parking their bike...if you have ever been to the best city in the world you'll know that the area is meant for people to stand around and have their picture taken, not for us to leave our steel horse there, blocking off the whole square ;-)

If there was a fire in the 'Bijenkorf', a big department-store to the left of the monument, everybody inside would have to burn and die, as the firefighters would not be able to crush all those bikes with their trucks, tststs...

Have a good start into the new week!

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Public Disturbance

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of a poster advertising Lingerie in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

The good folks of Hunkemoller did it again, they put big posters all over the best city in the world advertising their enticing lingerie, causing millions of accidents, cars crashing into each other, bikers biking off bridges into the freezing cold canals and pedestrians bumping into each other with their stuffed shopping-bags, all distracted by the beauty of the sexy ladies high quality of the garments :-P

It's a good thing that we have this right-wing-religious nutcase government that wants to outlaw such ungodly abuse of the female body, soon the women in these advertisements will have to wear long dresses that go down to the ankle and hopefully headscarfs too...I know who I'm going to vote for in the next elections, safety first ;-D


Today is your last chance to see my wicked reflections printed in real life, check the details below, exhibition ends at 17:00!

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!!Last Day!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Reflections Of Amsterdam - Public Disturbance

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of a poster advertising Lingerie, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing besides some minor fiddling with the contrast, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

The good folks of Hunkemoller did it again, they put big posters all over the best city in the world advertising their enticing lingerie, causing millions of accidents, cars crashing into each other, bikers biking off bridges into the freezing cold canals and pedestrians bumping into each other with their stuffed shopping-bags, all distracted by the beauty of the sexy ladies high quality of the garments :-P

It's a good thing that we have this right-wing-religious nutcase government that wants to outlaw such ungodly abuse of the female body, soon the women in these advertisements will have to wear long dresses that go down to the ankle and hopefully headscarfs too...I know who I'm going to vote for in the next elections, safety first ;-D


Today is your last chance to see my wicked reflections printed in real life, check the details below, exhibition ends at 17:00!

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!!Last Day!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Saturday, 28 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Prime Puddle

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of the sign of the 'Prime' club at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

The 'Prime' is a 'hip&trendy' club, or at least that's what they say about themselves, I can't vouch for that as I've never been inside, but I sure like the way their sign looks in a puddle :))

The Rembrandtplein is a notorious area of Amsterdam, in the weekends it's flooded with drunk people, pretty girls and billions of cops keeping them in check...I've been there on a few occasions at night and always had the feeling that riots might break out every moment, so I usually just quickly moved to nicer, safer parts of the best city in the world to search for pleasure&fun, the 2 principles this great city is build on :)

Have a nice weekend!


This weekend is your last chance to see my wicked reflections printed in real life, check the details below, exhibition ends coming Sunday the 29th :)

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!!Last Week!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Reflections Of Amsterdam - Smokey

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of the 'Smokey' Coffeeshop sign at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

Amsterdam, as you might know, is the world capital of 'Smokey' people, a fact that has given the best city in the world a somewhat skewed reputation, because we are also the world capital of bikes, babes, beer, bars and other wicked things that start with a 'B' :D

Now that I think about it, it's pretty much a win-win situation, one of these things will very likely appeal to about 95% of the world population, so chances are that you will eventually want to come and hang out with us, leaving your hard-earned $$$ here in the process, making Amsterdam not just the best, but hopefully also the richest city in the world as well, hahaha :D

Thank you, come again!

This weekend is your last chance to see my wicked reflections printed in real life, check the details below, exhibition ends coming Sunday the 29th :)


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!!Last Week!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Thursday, 26 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Madretsma

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of a worried looking dude on the Damrak, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

That guy seems really worried and I feel a lot like he looks lately, down&out, I really need a break from all the work, wind, wickedness and everything else that starts with a 'W' (except women, they're always a good thing to have in your life ;), I must have some 'W'acation soon or I'll hit somebody with my bike, haha ;D

Luckily I'll have some serious time off around Christmas, so wish me luck that I'll manage to hang in there until then, you don't want to see me coming your way on my bike when I'm having one of those horrible days again, that seem to pile up on top of each other lately...pheeew, it was good that we talked about it, I feel much better already :)

Thank God it's Friday!!!

This weekend is your last chance to see my wicked reflections printed in real life, check the details below, exhibition ends coming Sunday the 29th :)


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!!Last Week!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Seconds From Disaster...

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of 2 bikers, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

See that lady on the bike trying to figure out why there's a guy sitting next to a puddle? See the guy in the background approaching her from behind with a determined look on his face? Can you imagine what happens next? If not, let me tell you...the lady stops to ask me why I'm hunched over a wet spot, the guy keeps biking, keeping the determined look on his face and hits the lady because he's too determined to realized she's making an emergency stop, the bikes crash and blow-up in a Hollywood-movie-style giant explosion, they both get flung up high in the air, come crashing down in my puddle and cause a huge floodwave that buries the better part of downtown Amsterdam underneath it, thousands drown and die a horrible death, and it's all my fault!!!

Of course that never happened, the lady just happily biked by, probably telling her husband and kids after she got home that finally she saw a real AmsterdSam style Madman and they had a good laugh, hahaha :D

The weekend is just around the corner, yay!


This weekend is your last chance to see my wicked reflections printed in real life, check the details below, exhibition ends coming Sunday :)


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!!Last Week!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - SHARP

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of 2 bald guys on a Scooter looking at me, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

These dudes look like Skinheads, but considering they are on a scooter, they might be SHARPs, Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice, or some Ska-loving Rude Boys, or maybe not :)

One thing is for sure though, they're bald and they're obviously lazy or they would be on their bikes and not on a scooter, hehe...I used to have this oooold Vespa from the late 60s that never really worked properly, I bought it from a friend without an engine, got a motor from somebody else and build it in, unfortunately I was working on the lovely old thing with a friend one day, while emptying a crate of beer (not a good idea!), and I pulled out a cable that was essential to making it work and impossible to get back into it's original location...I even brought the scooter to a repair shop and they couldn't fix it, so I carried it upstairs into my living room where it stayed for a couple of years as decoration until I moved several times, getting less and less interested in carrying it up&down the stairs with all my other shizzle and eventually it was stolen from a friends garage where I stored it...that's life, who knows if I was such a dedicated bike-rider today if I'd ever managed to make that baby roll :D

Almost weekend!

This weekend is your last chance to see my wicked reflections printed in real life, check the details below, exhibition ends coming Sunday :)


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!!Last Week!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Monday, 23 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Red White Blue

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of buildings close to the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. Almost no editing, just a touch of added contrast, no other magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

This shot contains all the colors that make up the Dutch national flag, Red, White and Blue. It may not be the prettiest flag in the world and it can easily be mistaken for the French Tricolore, but still I like it, I always see a bunch of happy cows in front of my inner eye, peacefully grazing somewhere in the vast, flat countryside that makes up a major part of this lovely country, I see the beautiful girls cruising through the best city in the world on their funky bikes and I see the Dutch national soccer team supported by the best fans in the world, playing like kings, only to always get kicked out of every important tournament in the least likely moment, often undeserved and under tragic circumstances ;-))

Welcome to Holland, one of the best countries in the world :)))


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!!Last Week!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Mobile Home

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of buildings, reflected on a car in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

Cars can be useful in some situations (I have not encountered such a situation in manymany years, but maybe somebody else has :) and for many car-owners they are a little home away from home, they keep their favorite music in there and sometimes even food, drinks and other items that make it bearable to spend considerable periods of time trapped in small metal cages, that more and more often just stand still in the giant waiting line we call modern traffic (killing the planet with their thirst for natural resources), while trying to get from A to B as quickly as possible, usually achieving the opposite while doing so...needless to say that I outbike any car in the city of Amsterdam because Bikey can go through any street, in any direction and if I don't pay attention, through any color of traffic-light, so the idea of paying thousands of euros each year to put a slowly moving steel box around myself completely eludes me, but maybe I'm too simple to get it, haha ;-D

To my fellow Amsterdammers who think that they depend on a car, think again, often you'll go to places where you could easily go with the Public Transport System (*shudder*, OK, not the best idea I've had today ;), walk or bike to, in less time and for a fraction of the cost, training your leg muscles, making you more attractive and fit and saving the planet while doing so ;-P

Have a good start into the new week!

P.s. If you're tired of my whining about cars and you're considering to sell it and exchange it for a plane, watch this movie first, haha ;-P


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!!Last Week!!

On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Reflections Of Amsterdam - Smile, You're In Amsterdam :)

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of tourists on the Dam Square, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing besides a bit added saturation, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

The Dam square in Amsterdam is probably one of the most photographed areas in Europe and everbody who comes to the best city in the world has to sign an agreement with the local government that they'll have their picture taken there, hehe. These guys were only too happy to oblige, and I am sure that once they're back home, they'll show the shot that their friend is taking right there to everybody they know, and tell them what a great time they've had in Amsterdam, how much weed they smoked and how many hookers they've visited bike&boat tours they took ;-P

I also shot a wicked reflection movie in the same puddle, watch it here!

Don't forget to view my other wicked movies on my YouTube page :)


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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More wicked reflections

www.amstersam.com

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Watching The Madman

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of people near the Rembrandtplein, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

The Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam is always busybusybusy and billions of people walk by every day, sometimes even catching a glimpse of this wicked Reflectah, hunched over a puddle, taking their pictures without them realizing it. Yesterday this old lady asked me what I was doing and I explained and showed her the photos I'd just shot, she said 'OK, so you're not crazy' and I replied 'I might be crazy, this is Amsterdam after all, but at least I'm making it look good' and we both laughed and went our own ways towards a better, brighter future :)

I also shot a wicked reflection movie in the same puddle, watch it here!

Don't forget to view my other wicked movies on my YouTube page :)


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Friday, 20 November 2009

AmsterS@m's Wicked Movies

The AMS * NYC * AMS Exhibition at the ABC Treehouse



N8 - Museumnacht in Amsterdam



Bike ride at Night at the Amstel in Amsterdam



Bike ride at Night at the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam



Bike ride at Night at the Rokin in Amsterdam



Bike ride at Night in Amsterdam at the Amstel



Bike ride at Night in Amsterdam to the Rembrandtplein



Bike Ride in Downtown Amsterdam

Reflections Of Amsterdam - The Best Bike In The World

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of my bike, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

Bikey is the best, she's not only fun to ride, she also always looks good in pictures. We've been through a lot since we know each other and we biked thousands of kilometers together, most of the time as good friends, but sometimes she got a good kicking for not obeying my orders and having her own mind, bikes are a bit like (steel) horses (not that you should kick horses, that's wrong, hehe!) :)

We've been partners in crime for almost three years now and I vividly remember the day I bought her and took her out of the stable for the very first time, a glorious event that we both remember fondly :)

Below is a selection of some of my favorite pictures of Bikey...

Have a wonderful weekend :))


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Thursday, 19 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Weekend Here We Come!

Unedited shot of bikers reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam, taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

We made it! After a loooong, tiring, stressful week with lots of wind, rain and other horrible things (at least for me, I hope yours was MUCH better than mine :), we've finally reached the gate towards a better world, the weekend-world...AND it's almost Christmas, so I guess everything's gonna be alright, but first lets celebrate those 2 magic days of rest and relaxation that are ahead of us, yay :D

Thank God it's Friday!


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Children Are (Not) Our Future

Unedited shot of 3 ladies reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam, taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)


They say 'Children are our future', but what will the future look like if mankind keeps breeding at the current rate?! I've had a discussion with a friend this week about the motives that cause people to have children (besides our biological urges to spread our seeds as far as possible across the planet :), considering the massive overpopulation on Earth and the many problems this creates...

My personal opinion is that making more children seems a pretty selfish, illogical thing in these modern times, there are enough people living in misery and poverty, undernourished and unloved, so why make new ones, while my friend (a woman :) talked about adding more little ones to her 1-kid family, unimpressed by my logic-based ranting, and in the end we had to agree to disagree, clearly this is not a topic that is fact-based but rather a very emotional issue...to upset her a bit, I even said that I have this theory that most folks who do have kids try to subconsciously live their own life through them and correct the mistakes they've made during their own growing-up phase...she didn't fall for it though, women are still smarter than men and see right through us, hahaha ;-D

Anyway, my point is, don't have kids, unless you reallyreallyreally have to and even then you should do what Brad&Angelina do, adopt somebody who's already there and don't insist on creating your own model, it's killing the planet and creates lots of extra issues that we don't need on top of those we're facing already from our crusade against Mother Nature :)

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - We Come In Peace!

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of tourist ladies in front of the Munt tower, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

The Munt is one of my favorite buildings in Amsterdam, I've taken already plenty of puddle pictures of it. The area is usually stuffed with tourists that come to the best city in the world to hang out with us and try some of the pleasures that we offer in such an inoffensive, playful way that most of these visitors have a hard time understanding why they are outlawed in their own countries...and so do I, it does not seem to make much sense to claim that if you forbid something, it will disappear, this has never worked and as we all know drug-(ab)use, prostitution and wild-style bicycle-riding are things that most humans crave, if you tell them not to do it, of course they'll feel compelled to give it a try anyway :)

Luckily for us Amsterdam people, these things (usually) do not cause the tourists to freak out and burn down the Hotels they're staying in, or to lose their minds and go on Killing-sprees, as it is often claimed by those politicians and lawmakers that try to treat the majority of mankind like stoopid children...to tell somebody who's grown-up and manages to hold down a job and/or run a family, that he/she can not use certain extremely useful, allround-purpose plants because they're EVIL and that they can't have the occasional (paid for) encounter with the opposite sex simply does not work, it makes these things just a whole lot more attractive and desirable...but who am I to judge a system that rules most of this planet, haha ;-D

Seriously, who do they think they are, your parents?! Hope not, lol!

"Don't let them fool ya', or even try to school ya"
Bob Marley 'Could you be loved'


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Monday, 16 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - The Stargazer

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of buildings and a dude, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing except for a tiny bit of added contrast, no other tricks, no Photoshop :)

"Sittin in my car, watch the stars and smoke
I came a long way but still I got so far to go"
Tupac Amaru Shakur, 'Krazy'

I've spend some time last night and in the early morning gazing at the stars, waiting for the Leonids Meteor shower that is passing Earth today and tomorrow, but I didn't see anything besides the 'regular' stars above the best city in the world. I kept hearing those 2Pac lyrics in my head while sipping coffee, smoking and hanging out on my balcony, feeling a bit excited (because I might see the Meteor shower), a bit sad (because I didn't see it) and in general rather happy (because it's almost weekend now) ;-)))

The dude in this shot also looks a bit excited, a bit sad and he seems to be looking at the 'stars' too (OK, they're just leaves in the puddle, but look a bit 'star'ish' :), reminding me that we can't just always be happy and smiling, as much as we want to. Yesterday was one of those days for me, I was so stressed&tired that I had serious problems biking home through the chilling wind blowing into my face...it felt more like a Wednesday than a Monday :)

Luckily it's already Tuesday now and the smile is slowly re-appearing on my face, I've promised myself not to get overwhelmed by stoopid things happening to me, I'd much rather think about the krazy, puddle-loving Billionaire that I'm prone to bump into any day now, who'll buy me out of my Day-job and who'll make me take wicked reflections with my mobile phone all the time to pleasure him, myself and you, the viewer on the Interwebs, a destiny that I'll gladly except&embrace and that I am already seriously&impatiently looking forward to, yay ;-D

Almost weekend!

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Sunday, 15 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Welcome To The Middle Ages

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of buildings and a tourist lady, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

This is another shot of the Spui, it's taken in the same area&puddle as the one from yesterday. The buildings are in front of the Begijnhof, a relict from the Middle Ages that looks pretty much the same it did hundreds of years ago, except for the junkies, pimps and whores that make the areainsecure lately, causing the poor old ladies living there to remember why they've chosen to stay in a secluded backyard that is separated from these modern times in the first place...I can't decide what I find more disturbing, the idea that some people want to pretend that it is still 1389 or that some nasty Evil-doers picked them as the victims for their daily dose of terror and intimidation!

Oh what a wicked world :))

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Reflections Of Amsterdam - Sunday S@m

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of buildings and bikes, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

Yesterday it was the last time that I was at the 'ABC Treehouse' for the AMS * NYC * AMS exhibition as the 'Artist in Residency'. The exhibition will continue until the 29th of this month, so you can still go and check out my wicked reflections in real life, but I won't be there to offer you some free coffee or cookies :)

This picture is taken at the beginning of the Voetboogstraat where the Treehouse is located. Have a relaxed, joyful Sunday, I need to recover from that massive Double-Birthday party that I went to after spending the day hanging out at the gallery, the plan was to just quickly pop in&out to say Hi to the birthday folks, but I ended up drinking and smoking with the fun crowd until late at night...I'm staying on the couch today to regain some strength to face the fresh week starting tomorrow :)

P.s. One of the reasons why I hung around much longer than I had planned was the superdelicious food that my friends from the new and cool ArchiChef service created for this special occasion, check them out if you're planning to build a house or having a party/dinner/special event with some seriously good chow :-P


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.

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Saturday, 14 November 2009

Meet AmsterS@m Today

Unedited shot of Me&Mobie, reflected on the side window of a car. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

Today, for the very last time, I will be back in the 'ABC Treehouse', running the Art exhibition as the 'Artist in Residency', come and spend some quality time with me and my friends, it's fun, it's free and there's plenty of lekker coffee, more info, including a link to Google Maps below :D


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


More wicked reflections

www.amstersam.com

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - The Fast And The Furious

Unedited shot of a biker and buildings in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle, taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

And another picture taken with a real cam...but don't worry, I won't abandon Mobie, I've just had the chance to shoot a couple of my wicked reflections with the Pana lately and I even remembered to charge the battery before going out (something I usually forget and always end up using my phone anyway, haha), in general I feel much more comfortable using the mobile though, it's just easier to reach into those little corners where the wet spots often hide when they see me coming on Bikey :D

Thank God it's Friday!

Last chance, this time for real, I will be back in the 'ABC Treehouse' again, running the Art exhibition as the 'Artist in Residency' this Saturday, the 14th of November, one more&last time, come and hang out with me and my friends, it's always fun and there's free coffee, details below :D


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


More wicked reflections

www.amstersam.com

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Eye Want Candy!

Unedited shot of a biker and buildings in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle, taken with my Panasonic DMC-FZ8. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

I just totally love that white'ish building in the background, it's pretty and it's got a little round tower, every time I bike by, I imagine sitting up there, watching over and guarding the best city in the world...but if I should see rain clouds coming our way, I'd run down the billions of stairs and hunch over the puddles with my mobile phone (even though this is one of my few pictures taken with my 'real cam' :), taking my world-famous (at least in Holland...OK, in Amsterdam, haha) wicked reflections to tease your eyes with :)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be back in the 'ABC Treehouse' again, running the Art exhibition as the 'Artist in Residency' this Saturday, the 14th of November, come and hang out with me and my friends, it's always fun and there's free coffee, details below :D

P.s. The title refers to the Candy-hungry kids that roamed the streets of Amsterdam/Holland/Europe/The World yesterday in search of willing victims that would give them sweet stuff in exchange for waving their little lanterns at them and singing them a song to celebrate St. Martin's Day :)


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


More wicked reflections

www.amstersam.com

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Brain Power

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of a biker at the Spui in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

The Spui is one of my favorite spots in the best city in the world, there are lots of book stores and regular art markets and it's always fun to hang around there and see what's going on. My personal favorite is the 'ABC', the American Book Center, that is closely affiliated with the 'ABC Treehouse', where you can still see some of my puddle pictures until the end of this month :)

If you are in the area, go and get yourself a nice book, it helps you to develop brain power and it's good for you!


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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


More wicked reflections

www.amstersam.com

Monday, 9 November 2009

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Sweet Lord Jesus

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of a biking lady smiling at me in front of the Mozes en AƤronkerk in Amsterdam, reflected in a puddle. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

I really like the Mozes en AƤronkerk, I've taken several shots of it reflected in puddles in the past years and I still haven't saturated my need to take more pictures of it. But that's what you get when you put the Sweet Lord Jesus on top of a building, it makes people come back over and over again, lol ;-)

Almost weekend!

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


More wicked reflections

www.amstersam.com

Reflections Of Amsterdam - Mocking The S@mster

Unedited mobile phone cam shot of a tourist lady laughing at/about me, reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam. No editing, no magic tricks, no Photoshop :)

Yesterday was my last day as the 'Artist in Residency' at the ABC Treehouse exhibition (going until the 29th of this month) and on my way to the gallery I biked by this puddle, hopped off Bikey, took a shot, and realized afterwards that I've caught this lady with her 'real' cam laughing at/about me...she probably felt really sorry to see me aiming my mobile phone at a wet spot, trying to take a picture...little did she know that she'd end up on the Interwebs, caught out mocking this wicked Reflectah, hahaha ;-D

She probably took a shot of me taking a shot of her, but we'll never know for sure, unless she's on Flickr too and posts her version of the whole situation :)

Have a good start into the new week, I am off today, recovering from a heavy weekend that included a serious drinking binge on Friday, a busybusybusy but funfunfun Saturday at the Museumnacht with free drinks and lots of hard work (I was an honorary guest and a Host for visitors at the same time, a wicked combination!) and a Sunday at the Treehouse showing off my printed and framed wicked reflections to confused yet sympathizing folks that managed to find the gallery at its hidden, secret location in the Voetboogstraat.

Oh yeah, during the Museumnacht, while outside for a smoke, I bumped into Ahmed Marcouch, a local politician, and his team of Flyer-boys and shot him as well for the local news site 'AT5', the picture is here...please be aware that the mistakes in the describing text are from AT5, not me, hopefully they have corrected them by the time you'll read this :)



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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


More wicked reflections

www.amstersam.com

Sunday, 8 November 2009

N8 - The Museumnacht

Photo of the N8 Museumnacht last night. It was so much fun, there were over 4000 people hanging out, watching the photos of the Stadsarchief group members on big screens, enjoying the vibe, the music, the drinks&food and the special atmosphere of a night in a Museum :)

The N8 seen from the outside.

I also took a wicked video of the N8, watch it here!

Today, Sunday November 8th I'm in the ABC Treehouse again as the 'Artist in Residency' from 13:00 - 18:00, come and hang out with me! More info below :)

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


www.amstersam.com

N8 - The Museumnacht

Photo of the N8 Museumnacht last night. It was so much fun, there were over 4000 people hanging out, watching the photos of the Stadsarchief group members on big screens, enjoying the vibe, the music, the drinks&food and the special atmosphere of a night in a Museum :)

There were bands playing live in the basement of the Stadsarchief, I missed the actual music but liked the light :)

I also took a wicked video of the N8, watch it here!

Today, Sunday November 8th I'm in the ABC Treehouse again as the 'Artist in Residency' from 13:00 - 18:00, come and hang out with me! More info below :)

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


www.amstersam.com

N8 - The Museumnacht

Photo of the N8 Museumnacht last night. It was so much fun, there were over 4000 people hanging out, watching the photos of the Stadsarchief group members on big screens, enjoying the vibe, the music, the drinks&food and the special atmosphere of a night in a Museum :)

2 of my pictures are shown on HUGE screens at the same time while DJs added some funky music so that people could dance to the wickedness :))

I also took a wicked video of the N8, watch it here!

Today, Sunday November 8th I'm in the ABC Treehouse again as the 'Artist in Residency' from 13:00 - 18:00, come and hang out with me! More info below :)

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


www.amstersam.com

N8 - The Museumnacht

Photo of the N8 Museumnacht last night. It was so much fun, there were over 4000 people hanging out, watching the photos of the Stadsarchief group members on big screens, enjoying the vibe, the music, the drinks&food and the special atmosphere of a night in a Museum :)

Young Art-Groupies admiring wicked AmsterS@m shots, haha ;-D

I also took a wicked video of the N8, watch it here!

Today, Sunday November 8th I'm in the ABC Treehouse again as the 'Artist in Residency' from 13:00 - 18:00, come and hang out with me! More info below :)

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On October the 4th a new Art exhibition started at the 'ABC Treehouse' in Amsterdam, featuring 10 of my wicked puddle reflections :D

The theme is "AMS * NYC * AMS an artistic look at a 400 year affair". Exhibition and Special Events, 4 October – 29 November 2009. At the ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, 1012XK Amsterdam (the link goes to Google Maps).

Public viewing hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Time 13h00 to 18h00. Free admission.


www.amstersam.com