June 4, 2016 / 2 comments

My recent trip to South Korea was one flood of impressions.  Of  biblical scale, pardon the controversy. While I still have to digest my discoveries, to sort out my photographs and thoughts, a few characters I met stand out. They, in their own way, represent and form a complex face of Korean Buddhism I went…

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People Like Art or Wrong “Guda” Right Daniela

January 11, 2016 / 2 comments

Funny story, actually. That’s why I decided to tell you how I met … hang on, let me start from the beginning.  A couple of days ago I visited This Art Fair – an art expo in Amsterdam, where I was going to meet Guda Koster.  She was an artist I got friendly with on…

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“Play Me!” at Amsterdam Centraal

January 5, 2016 / 5 comments

“Play Me!” says on a side of a grand piano, standing in one of the halls of Amsterdam Centraal or a central railway station. The piano is out there for everybody to play.  I always thought it was a great idea to give passengers and passers-by something more than just kiosks with fast food and…

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Masha The Hairdresser

March 20, 2015 / 2 comments

I always go to a hairdresser’s when I visit Russia.  No offence to the Dutch, but they simply don’t have the  magic for my Russian head.  So, shortly after I arrive to Russia I go to a hairdresser. Any hairdresser.  They all have the magic I need.  Must be something in their training or being…

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Mona Lisa from the Market

February 27, 2015 / 7 comments

When my son was serving his year in the army, I went to visit him in the beautiful old city of Novgorod In Russia. After I hugged him properly and fed him and his mates with home-made sweets from Holland, they returned to their duties. I was left on my own to wander the somber…

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Lennart the Sailing Racer

February 6, 2015 / 11 comments

The wind was so cold this morning I couldn’t hold my camera properly, risking to drop it on the rocks of a wavebreaker. When I walked to the nearby harbor, the Ijsselmeer lake looked very angry, the coast was deserted, the beach café closed till Spring, and I thought my chances to meet someone were narrowed…

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