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Final post

Posted 21 June 2009 - The Hague (NL):

After almost four years of Daily Photo, the time has come to stop attempting to keep up with the rhythm I designed on the day I bought my first digital SLR camera back in August 2005.

Not only do I lack time to consistently keep up with the photos and blogposts - I also have more important things to do for the upcoming couple of months. On 15 July, Sanne and I will get the keys of our new house. Shortly after, we expect to become a small family of three.

Four years of Daily Photo have helped me pile up discipline for the Us Europeans project. It also helped me get and stay in touch with friends all over the place. As I tend to be rather busy and `all over the place`, Daily Photo helped people to keep track of me. Finally, it gave me a platform to direct people to articles I had written, photos that got published or other achievements in similar areas.

Under today`s circumstances, I feel less challenged to show that I can be disciplined in terms of quantity. The next step will be to focus on quality and coherence, meaning that I am gearing up for another big project in 2010. I am currently investigating which skills I need to train before being ready. And, quite importantly, I need to give `arms and legs` to the idea for this big project, in order to turn it into a solid concept.

Now what to expect of Daily Photo in the future... Nothing :) You may want to keep your RSS subscription. There may not be updatums for the next couple of months, but I do anticipate using the same RSS-feed as a news stream on the face-lifted PhotoLogiX site by the beginning of November.

If you have enjoyed my posts at Dailyphoto, I would like to thank you for your visits. Should you want to continue reading about my whereabouts, I encourage you to start follow me at And to keep sending me those e-mails via! After all, there`s still lots of stuff worth sharing with all of you! Thanks for following, hope to speak to you again soon!

(© Auvergne - FR, July 2005)
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European elections

Posted 4 Jun 2009 - The Hague (NL):

European elections today, which makes me post this photo of last Monday`s debate of party leaders at BNN.

The debate can be re-listened at Radio 1 website.

My appearance at Amsterdam Stads FM (yesterday evening) is available online at

On this photo (around the table, left to right and seen from the back ;): Winfried Baijens (Radio presenter BNN), Sophie in `t Veld (D66), Thijs Berman (PvdA), Dennis de Jong (SP), Judith Sargentini (GroenLinks), Hans van Baalen (VVD), Wim van de Camp (CDA).

(© Hilversum - NL, June 2009 )
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Rethinking PhotoLogiX

Posted 30 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

I`m in the process of rethinking PhotoLogiX`s web presence, including the role Dailyphoto should play in that. Plenty of other stuff happening, please do read on!

I might keep using is as feed material for the PhotoLogiX front page and keep the RSS alive while finding another use for the domain itself. I also need to organise some stuff to make my photography look a little more coherent - cutting some crap and just keeping what matters.

What else is new? Another Us Europeans article got translated to Bosnian and published at Radio Sarajevo`s website, while I just completed writing a Dutch one about the UK, soon to be published at Heel Europa. Then, some radio exposure on the way on Mon and Wed of next week, photos up on the walls of Jean Monnet building in Luxembourg and Coffee Company Delft. Trips to London and Barcelona on the way, final OK for the house, shot a wedding last week.. Gave away books to Maarten van Rossem and Eurocommissioner Neelie Kroes (left in below photo), exchanged one with Richard Hill.

In short, too much to mention along with one photograph. May I advise readers of this blog to start following me on Twitter to stay updatumd on the smaller steps?

(© Amsterdam - NL, May 2009 )
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New website Rob van Hoesel

Posted The Hague - NL, May 2009

Rob van Hoesel, graphic designer and author of the book `Transit land`, has launched his new website.

But the web site address is still the same: Earlier this year, I met up with Rob to find out who was behind this peculiar book about Belgian highways. He then offered my a copy of the book, which made it logical for me to return to Breda upon completion of Crossroad Europe to complete the book exchange.

On the day we met, I was joined by Romanian Ioana who features in the book. The photo shows Rob telling Ioana about another one of his projects, which involved packages of Sportlife chewing gum.

(© Breda - NL, April 2009)
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Exhibitions and book exchanges

Posted 14 May 2009, The Hague (NL):

Busy days at PhotoLogiX! There`s now two photo exhibitions up and running: one at the European Commission in Luxembourg and one at Knivsta library in Sweden. At least one more is on the way: I am delivering the photos today!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure to drive around The Netherlands for most of the day. Visiting the HQ of a big music distributor in Nieuw Vennep for `work`, then watching Sanne play and sing as her graduation performance, then meeting international reporters of the NRC Handelsblad newspaper.

At the latter event, I exchanged books with Brussels correspondent Caroline de Gruyter (De Europeanen / The Europeans and Chris de Lange, who composed the book Hoezo Europeanen? about cultural differences in Europe.

Then next/upcoming: two weddings to photograph, one on Friday evening and another one throughout next week`s Wednesday.

Below photo: rush hour on the train to Nieuw Vennep..

(© Leiden - NL, May 2009)
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Book references

Posted 11 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Increasing availability for `Crossroad Europe` in The Netherlands!

Here`s a list of website that are currently offering `Crossroad Europe` for sale. For international readers, the EU bookshop will be next! For anybody who wishes to get a preview of the book, I added one to the website, showing the 6 pages for Poland.
Boekhandel Daan Nijman
Wever van Wijnen

Plenty of choice, with more to come :)

(© The Hague, May 2009)
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27 Hours of Europe

Posted 9 May 2009 - Assen (NL):

Hello from the 27HoursOfEurope bus which runs through all of The Netherlands to celebrate Europe Day. A few hours ago, I presented my book Crossroad Europe to Dutch Secretary of State for European Affairs, Mr Frans Timmermans.

When I first got in touch with the campaign team, I suggested they`d paste Us Europeans portraits all over the bus, but they already had a logo and all - so the sticker plan never materialised.

I am nevertheless happy to be part of the event and to meet so many people who are involved in European stuff. As I am writing this, everybody on the bus is getting tired because they`ve been active for more than the last 24 hours. I took a photo of the Secretary of State while he was sitting/sleeping, but soon got warned that I was not allowed to put the photo on my website. Here's the alternative: the Secretary of State being interviewed by national TV, although I wonder what`s wrong with taking a nap - even during an 8-hour working day...

Anyway, here`s a link to the 27 hours of Europe website. Unlike what the name suggests, it`s 100% in Dutch.

(© Warns - NL, May 2009)
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Polder seasons

Posted 8 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

If all goes well, the photos attached to this post shall soon be exhibited at Coffee Company Delft.

(© NL, 2007 - 2009)
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World Press Photo

Posted 6 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Call it name-dropping and blame me of doing that a lot these days and even with my own name only.. I`d still like to mention that my name features in this year`s edition of the World Press Photo book!

I`m one out of little over 5 000 photographers who submitted - equals: were allowed to submit - photos for the 2009 contest. Ambition for 2011 is to get at least one photo in there as well. For now, I will list my favourites among the winning photographs:

- Series about a Amato Opera Theatre House; - Series about the economic crisis in the USA; - Portrait of an Angolese fashion designer.

The book can be ordered online at the World Press Photo website.

(© The Hague - NL, May 2009 )
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27 Europeans in Sweden

Posted 5 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Here`s the announcement of the upcoming photo exhibition `Europas ansikten` in Sweden.

If you happen to be near Stockholm between 8 and 13 May, you may want to look up Knivsta on the map to go see the 27 portraits which were on display in The Hague earlier and will be exhibited in Luxembourg later this month as well.

Book news: working on getting it available at

(© Knivsta - SE, May 2009)
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27 hours of Europe..

Posted 4 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

It was good to be away from busy NL for two days. Now it`s business as usual again, with two busy but expectedly exciting weeks ahead.

This Saturday, I will be presenting Crossroad Europe to the Dutch secretary of state for European Affairs during the 27 hours of Europe. I secretly wonder how many non-Dutch will be present at all these celebration. Guess it will be a very small minority. But hoping for the best.

Here`s another photo from last weekend`s trip to Normandy showing one of my cousin`s lamb and its mum.

(© Normandy - FR, May 2009)
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Posted 3 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Day #2 in Normandy with a photo of Robin and Arjan to illustrate the pleasant weekend we spent in the North of France.

(© ND d'Estrées - FR, May 2009)
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Festival AOC Cambremer

Posted 3 May 2009 - ND d'Estrées (FR):

Today was a pleasant day in the French village of Cambremer, which hosted the 15th Festival for Local Products of Normandy (AOC).

The principle is simple: buy a three euro glass at the entrance of the fair and you can taste all sorts of local `juices` from all stands. Normandy is known for its cider (sparkling apple wine which by no means tastes like horrible stuff that some other countries serve in pubs), calvados (strong apple-based spirit), different drinks made of pears and - on top of that - a wide variety of cheeses and sausages.

The way it all happens is obviously typically French: lots of discussions about the smallest differences is taste, lots of trading and many prizes to be won for products coming from different families or farms.

The AOC Festival of Cambremer takes place every first Sunday of May, which might explain why I have often been in France at this time of year.

(© Cambremer - FR, May 2009)
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Upcoming changes

Posted 1 May 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Welcome to May! The change of month seems to be the right moment for reconsidering the lay-out of some PhotoLogiX websites, including the access portal.

Check out for a first impression. Step 2 will be to have a `View more photos` button. Will get that done by next week.

Below photo shows why The Hague is a nice place to live: it`s next to the beach. And after signing the contract for the purchase of a new apartment, the beach will be even closer to home!

(© The Hague - NL, May 2009)
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Extended A4, photo nr 2

Posted 30 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

And another photo of the extended A4 motorway, serving as an addition to the photo I posted earlier.

(© Schipluiden - NL, April 2009)
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Staying in touch

Posted 29 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

I regularly get asked whether I kept contact with `all` the people I met on last year`s European journey.

Everybody would be a bit too much, but I have been managing to stay in touch with quite a few of them. Some of them are paying return visits and Ioana from Romania (also featuring on page 124 of Crossroad Europe) is one of them. She now lives in Norway and thought that this time of year would be good to pay a visit to The Netherlands. This is here between the Cube houses in Rotterdam.

(© Rotterdam - NL, April 2009 )
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Peaceful scenery

Posted 28 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Here`s another Dutch scenery photo out of the ones I took last Saturday.

Showing nothing special, everything ordinary - yet or hence a very peaceful image.

Today has been a nice day with an interesting meeting in Amsterdam, combined with a visit to Huis Marseille. Also been collecting a Romanian friend from the airport in the evening and selling some books again, too!

(© Schipluiden - NL, April 2009)
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Under construction

Posted 27 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Photography takes a lot of time and concentration, and when other things take even more time and concentration, a photographer is bound to get slightly frustrated.

Which I was yesterday but everything got back OK when I took this photo. It shows the temporary end of the A4 motorway. `Temporary` being quite a loose term, because the motorway has been drawn on roap maps as `under construction` for the last 30 years or so.

And a bit of good news: Crossroad Europe is now also available at Dutch photo portal website PhotoQ!

(© Schipluiden - NL, April 2009)
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Checking the roof

Posted 24 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

The new house/apartment acquisition process is in full motion.

This man is walking on the rooftop as a part of the construction check-up.

Apart from that: Lots of exciting things happening these days. Lots of work, lots of contacts, lots of laptop hours and lots of new insights that will hopefully lead to lots of new ideas :)

(© The Hague - NL, April 2009)
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Europas ansikte

Posted 22 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Working out of Utrecht and Rotterdam today, doing 25 different things at a time...

...But having fun. Below picture is the Swedish `title page` to my exhibition. Now need to find a way of getting 28 big files across to there without having to send a CD.

I integrated PhotoLogiX Twitter Feed in the PhotoLogiX home page, I will soon do the same at Daily Photo. Strange order, I know, but had to start somewhere.

(© The Hague - NL, April 2009)
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Stuff and progress

Posted 18 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Lots of things happening in The Hague again, here`s a list of recent developments:

1) I attended Next Web Conference last week and decided PhotoLogiX should also be available on Twitter. It is now, and you cal follow it through @photologix. I might integrate the feed into DailyPhoto one day if I decide I like the application;
2) It looks like I will move houses on July 15;
3) It looks like I will spend at least a weekend in France around the beginning of May;
4) There may be a photo exhibition in Luxemburg in May, and one in Sweden as well;
5) Crossroad Europe is selling well;
6) A Bosnian radio station has recently started a special section about the European Union and I authorised them to translate a couple of my Us Europeans articles. The first one is about Bulgarians and their view on world politics;
7) I will join Dutch Secretary of State for European Affairs Mr Timmermans on his 27-hour trip through The Netherlands during `The Night of Europe`;
8) Too much to mention. Hope to take some nice and uploadable photos soon.

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3 Days of Amsterdam

Posted 16 April 2009 - Amsterdam (NL):

Today is my second day in Amsterdam, where I am spending three days attending The Next Web conference.

I`m running around the conference ground(s) harassing people with questions about how web technology can speed up the process of European integration. Brussels-based newspaper New Europe has sent me on this mission, while I also keep my eyes open for interesting start-up companies on behalf of Funds for Fun.

Speaking about Europe and technology, this Next Web Conference makes quite a nice change from the EU events I have attended. Back in November, I remember falling asleep during a workshop about the Eurobarometer. A group of wise people was debating about how, if at all, they could still do opinion polls if not all of their target audience could be reached on a fixed phone line. Talking about reflecting backwards, but they were very serious about the issue. Next Web also makes a nice change from regular telecom conferences where white-haired people try to predict the future as it was anticipated yesterday. The Next Web gathers people who are actually working on the future and thereby shaping it.

Ironically, the person in this photo also has white hair. It`s Jeff Travis, who wrote the book What would Google do as he is interviewed by a Brazilian journalist and filmed by a Swiss/Estonian web entrepreneur. So much for technology. Tomorrow`s post is going to be about buying houses.

(© Amsterdam - NL, April 2009)
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Book shops selling `Crossroad Europe`

Posted 11 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Lots of developments in The Hague, but let me start by giving some credit to the book shops who have adopted my book without it being offered through a central distributor yet - which is by the way going to happen on May 1st.

Here`s the list, along with links:

Stanley and Livingstone (The Hague - NL)
The American Book Center (The Hague - NL)
Galerie J. van den Elshout (The Hague - NL)
Ringfoto Focus (The Hague - NL)
Galerie Buddenbrooks (The Hague - NL)
Latte`s and Litterature (Breda - NL)
Kabasso (Barcelona - ES)

.. with more to follow soonish.

Choice for the photo may seem quite random. Actually, it even is. No plane trips planned for the next couple of weeks.

(© Amsterdam - NL, March 2009 )
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Family matters more

Posted 6 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Here`s my brother and his girlfriend.

I am obviously breaking the tradition of only marginally reporting about friends and family since May 2005.

(© Oosterhout - NL, April 2009)
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Family matters (again)

Posted 5 April 2009 - Oosterhout (NL):

Here`s a photo of my niece who will get a younger brother or sister and a cousin within the next five months.

`Joppe`, the springer spaniel (=dog) in the background, is my parents`.

(© Oosterhout - NL, April 2009)
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Fantasy architecture

Posted 4 April 2009 - Oosterhout (NL):

I am spending this weekend in a holiday park with my family.

As you can imagine, I am not very fond of the architecture and subsequent ambiance in holiday parks. Angry faces of people who deliberately try to enjoy a relaxing weekend, but don`t seem to manage. We did, in spite of all the others, but maybe that`s what all the others think as well..

(© Oosterhout - NL, April 2009)
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Nieuwkoop windmill

Posted 1 April 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Spring is coming to Holland. Here`s a photo of the typical Dutch spring sky:

(© Nieuwkoop - NL, April 2009)
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The arrival of spring

Posted 31 March 2009 - The Hague (NL):

The new football season at Hollyhock `94 has started. These were the 13 lads who showed up at 19h00 for their first match of the season.

(© The Hague - NL, March 2009)
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Schiphol again

Posted 30 March 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Another Schiphol photo, from yesterday. I think I should start making a collection.

(© Schiphol - NL, March 2009)
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European weekend

Posted 29 March 2009 - The Hague (NL):

Below is a photo of the people I spent most of last weekend with. Left-to-right: Carolina from Spain, Joeri from The Netherlands, Irene from Italy.

Together: the management board of European language magazine Indigo, which has 7 different language editions and appears in print.

(© The Hague - NL, March 2009)
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