STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
by
RUUD LEEUW


My focus in photography, and in general interests, shifts and wanders.. A few years ago, around 2012 I became more interested in photography's 'greats' and found myself more frequently visiting photo exhibitions and buying photobooks.
Photographers such as Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank, John Margolies, Arnold Newman, Anton Corbijn, Steve McCurry, Werner Bischof, Annie Leibovitz, Marc Riboud, etc., took my interest. Photobooks were bought and in subsequent years I started actively collecting 'art' photobooks.
I found myself less interested in portraits and landscapes and gradually my interest was steered to photojournalism and streetphotography. Or maybe the term 'humanist photographer' is best applied here.

In the last two years streetphotography began to take up a large portion of my travel photography. In 2016 I bought a Fujifilm X100T camera for dedicated 'streetphotography'. Soon replaced by a Panasonic Lumix G (DMC-GX80) and in 2020 I bought a secondhand Leica Q to compare it with the Pana.
Or perhaps the title of 'Humanist Photography' (wikipedia) is more appropriate.
The images were shared on my travel pages, Blog and Flickr & Facebook accounts. In Sep.2016 I started this page, a gallery of such images I am most pleased with myself. In August 2020 I created a colour page of this work.
And followed by Photographers & musicians (street) in March 2021.

"There is nothing in the world that does not have a decisive moment" -Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Seeing is the paradise of the soul" -Pietro Spanno, eye doctor, elected Pope in 1276
"The basic belief in art, is the basic belief in the goodness of mankind" -Vladimir Nabakov

"The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world picturesque." -Susan Sontag, 1977

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (B&W) | STREETS IN COLOUR | EARLY YEARS | PHOTOGRAPHERS & MUSICIANS

JULY

AMSTERDAM
Walkabout in Amsterdam, Amstelveld

Walkabout in Amsterdam, Amstelveld
This kind man allowed me to take a photo of him, reading. He looks like Ernest Hemingway, doesn't he?
PANASONIC FZ1000 II | 26JUL2022

HOORN
Hoorn (Noord-Holland)

Hoorn (Noord-Holland)
'De Boekenkist', one of two excellent secondhand bookshops in Hoorn.

Hoorn (Noord-Holland)
PANASONIC FZ1000II | 14JUL22


AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam
This is Oudemanhuispoort, located between Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Kloveniersburgwal, next to Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen (University of Amsterdam). Highly recommended, bookstalls open at noon.

Amsterdam
Waiting for the rain to stop

Amsterdam
iPHONE 11 | 01JUL2022

JUNE

WATERLOOPBOS (nature preserved, NATUURMONUMENTEN)
Waterloopbos, Noordoostpolder
For more details on this overgrown ex/ watercourse experimantel area see MyBlog2022Q2.
(03JUN22).

ELBURG, HISTORIC TOWN IN GELDERLAND PROVINCE
Elburg, Gelderland
CANON EOS R6 +EF24-105L | 03JUN22

MAY

NEGOTIATING THE ERASMUS BRIDGE IN ROTTERDAM
Erasmusbrug
LEICA M10 | ROTTERDAM, 20MAY22

'ROTTERDAM PHOTO 2021 + 2022'
Rotterdam Photo 2022
LEICA M10 | ROTTERDAM, 20MAY22

APRIL

ON THE BEACH
Egmond aan Zee (N-H)

Egmond aan Zee (N-H)

#OnREADING Egmond aan Zee (N-H)
LEICA Q2M | EGMOND AAN ZEE, 18APR22

KEUKENHOF
Keukenhof, flowerbulbs show
PANASONIC FZ1000 II | 12APR22


Amsterdam, 13Apr22
CANON S120 | BICYCLES OF ALL SORTS, AMSTERDAM 13APR22

Groningen, Martinitoren
GRONINGEN 06APR22 | LEICA M10 (1ST PHOTO WITH NEW SUMMICRON 35/2 LENS)

Groningen
GRONINGEN | LEICA M10 (+SUMMICRON 35/2)

Contrasts
CANON S120 | 05APR2022

Smokin'
CANON S120 | 05APR2022

CARNEVALE @VENICE, ITALY
Il Carnevale, Venezia 2022
PANASONIC FZ1000 MK.II

Il Carnevale, Venezia 2022
CANON EOS R6 w/ CANON 24-105/f4 L II

Il Carnevale, Venezia 2022
PANASONIC FZ1000 MK.II
FOR MORE SEE IL CARNEVALE FEB.2022

 

CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2022
Gemeenteraadsverkiezingen 2022
CANON EOS R6 | HAARLEMMERMEER, 12MAR22

THE INTERVIEW
The interview
PANASONIC GX80 | HILVERSUM, 11MAR22

ALKMAAR - FIRST WALKABOUT W/ LEICA M10
Alkmaar, Netherlands

Alkmaar, Netherlands
LEICA M10 (+ULTRON 28/2) | ALKMAAR, 05FEB22

SLAVA UKRAINI!
Slava Ukraini!
Protest @The Dam (Amsterdam memorial for the fallen) in support of Ukraine, in protest against Russian's invasion

Slava Ukraini!

In support of the Uyghurs and others repressed
Other protests joined in, in support of the Uyghurs and others repressed.

Slava Ukraini!
CANON EOS R6 | AMSTERDAM, 27FEB22

MORE OF JANUARY

COUNTRY ESTATE LEEUWENHORST W/ WW2 FORTIFICATIONS (see MyBlog2022Q1)
Landgoed Nieuw Leeuwenhorst
PANASONIC FZ1000 II | 27JAN22

ON THE BEACH
On the beach, Noordwijk
PANASONIC FZ1000 II | NOORDWIJK 27JAN22

GATES TO 'BINNENHOF' & 'BUITENHOF'
Den Haag, straatfotografie
These inner courtyards are the access to Dutch government quarters.

Den Haag, straatfotografie
PANA FZ1000 II | THE HAGUE 28JAN22

JOURNALISTS @BINNENHOF
Interview of minister by Jair Verwerda
Interview of minister Christianne van der Wal-Zeggelink by Jair Verwerda (journalist)

Thomas van Groningen (journalist), on the right
Thomas van Groningen
PANA FZ1000 II | BINNENHOF 28JAN22

"Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. Although there is a difference between street and candid photography, it is usually subtle with most street photography being candid in nature and some candid photography being classifiable as street photography.

Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes. Adept of the joys of watching, connoisseur of empathy, the flâneur finds the world "picturesque. -Susan Sontag, 1977

The street photographer can be seen as an extension of the flâneur, an observer of the streets (who was often a writer or artist).
Framing and timing can be key aspects of the craft with the aim of some street photography being to create images at a decisive or poignant moment." ¬Source: Wikipedia.

 

COOL KIDS ON A BENCH
Cool kids on a bench
SONY DSC-W830 | 17JAN22

MIST
Mist

Mist

Lockdown due Covid pandemic
Lockdown due Covid pandemic
CANON S120 | 12JAN22

Contrast in hair styles
Hair styles
First result with my new Panasonic FZ1000 II | 18Dec21

Foggy streets
Foggy streets
Canon EOS R6 | 16Nov2021

GENOA, ITALY
Streetphotography @Genova, Italia 10-2021
Sony RX10 IV | Oct.2021
My Genoa travelogue

 

PARIS, FRANCE
Montparnasse, Paris
iPHONE 11 | Sep.2021

Montparnasse, Paris
Sony RX10M4 | Sep.2021

Paris, France 2021
Leica Q2 | Sep.2021

PARIS 2021 TRAVELOGUE

HEUSDEN, NOORD-BRABANT
A summer's day in Heusden (NL)
A summer's day in Heusden (NL)

A summer's day in Heusden (NL)

A summer's day in Heusden (NL)
iPhone 11 | 28Jul21

Hard work to serve the thirsty and hungry out there
FotoFestival Naarden-Vesting
Canon EOS R | Naarden-Vesting, 24Jul21

Hot town, summer in the city..
Rotterdam, july 2021
"Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity?
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head.."

'Summer In The City' ¬ The Lovin' Spoonful


Rotterdam, july 2021
Directions

Rotterdam, july 2021

Rotterdam, july 2021
Happy
Sony RX10IV | Rotterdam (NL), 20Jul21

Hot day in the city: sunblock applied
Hot day in the city
Panasonic Lumix G (GX-80 / US:GX-85) | Amsterdam, 17Jul21

Amsterdam, 2021
Panasonic Lumix G (GX-80 / US:GX-85) | Amsterdam, 17Jul21

Amsterdam Museum / Gouden Koets
Golden Coach in Amsterdam Museum
Panasonic Lumix G (GX-80 / US:GX-85) | Amsterdam, 17Jul21

'What's up?'
Amsterdam-ZO, streetphotography
Samsung Galaxy S8 | Amsterdam Zuidoost, 03Jul21

"The best camera in the world is the one that's with you."

Waiting to be seated @Oma Ietje (Amsterdam)
Oma Ietje
Sony RX10M4 | @Oma Ietje (Amsterdam-Zuidoost), june 2021

The boys showing their interest in the UEFA EURO 2020 (European Championship Football), the girl not so much.
Heemstede, june 2021
Sony RX10M4 | Heemstede, june 2021

Caught the moment: center of attention
Zandvoort 5-2021 (Leica Q2)
Leica Q2 | Zandvoort, may 2021


 

Came across Marjorie in Amsterdam Zuidoost, practising on her fine saxophone in the Nelson Mandela park.
Music in the park
Sony RX10M4 | 13May2021

SANTPOORT-NOORD
Santpoort-Noord
07MAY201 | NIKON P950

SPRING IS AROUND THE CORNER! FLOWER BULBS IN BLOOM (30MAR21)
Flower bulbs in bloom
LEICA Q2


SUMMER COUNTRY ESTATE VELSERBEEK (24MAR21)
Velserbeek country estate


Kop van de Haven, IJmuiden (NL)
KOP VAN DE HAVEN, IJmuiden (Netherlands) - (24MAR21; P950)

SUMMER COUNTRY ESTATE BEECKESTIJN (01MAR21)
Beeckestijn
P950

Beeckestijn
Leica Q2

Beeckestijn
Nikon P950

These summer country estates are a good place to loose the crowds and go for a walk in these Covid-19 lockdown days.
Well preserved and an oasis of peace and quiet in the busy Randstad area.
At the lunchroom ('brasserie') we rounded the walk off with coffees and sweets. Nice!

 

WALK IN THE PARK (26FEB21)
Walk in the park, spring is in the air!

Walk in the park, spring is in the air!
Nikon P950 Coolpix

WINTER IN HOLLAND, FEB.2021
The Dutch on Ice
After the heavy snowfall we had a week of severe frost, creating 3-4 perfect days for iceskating.

The Dutch on Ice
It all ended 15Feb21, when people started falling through the ice. The snow went soon after.

The Dutch on Ice
It was great fun as long as it lasted. We may have to wait many years for a similar situation.
Nikon Coolpix P950


ANNA PAULOWNA - 11FEB21
Noord-Holland
EOS 6D2, 24-105/F4 MK.2


ZAANSE SCHANS - 09Feb21
Zaanse Schans
Sony RX10M4

10Feb21 the Dutch Lowlands were treated on arctic conditions!
Arctic conditions in Holland, Feb.2021
Leica Q2

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS 2020 IN CORONA LOCKDOWN

Christmas holidays in Covid-19 lockdown
Stores closed but visit us for orders online

Christmas holidays in Covid-19 lockdown
Bookshop closed but online orders wrapped for home delivery

Christmas holidays in Covid-19 lockdown
No people on the street, no trash on the street. This convoy continues its march.

Christmas holidays in Covid-19 lockdown
Winterwonderland with the bakery.

 

France, 2014
Rouen, France - June 2014. Proud to stand out.

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Scotland 2016 (travel page)

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Scotland 2016

'It is not where it is or what it is that matters, but how you see it.' ¬Saul Leiter

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them" - Elliott Erwitt

"It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter"- Alfred Eisenstaedt

"Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph" - Andre Kertesz

"Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work" - William Klein

 


England 2016

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Street fair
"Often, the best pictures are caught in a moment." ¬Mary Ellen Mark

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Street fair


 

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Amsterdam Westergasfabriek

'A photographer's gift to the viewer is sometimes beauty in the overlooked ordinary.'
¬Saul Leiter


Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Photo exhibition, 'Stephen Shore Retrospective', @Huis Marseille (2016, MyBlog)


Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Cleaning sewage & drainage pipes


Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016 (travel page)

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016

"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life" - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Paris 9-2016


Streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Lunch in Amsterdam's Warmoesstraat during record heat in Sep.2016


Clingendael parkland
Clingendael parkland, The Hague - Oct.2016


Joesef Koudelka exhibition; Rotterdam 2016
Fabulous exposition of work by Josef Koudelka (Rotterdam, 10-2016)

 

 

Street in fog
Street in fog
(Panasonic FZ200, colour converted to B&W - Jan.2017)

Haarlem,NL
Haarlem, april 2017


 


Having started my photography in the 1970s with military aircraft photography, this could have been me here...
Duxford (Flying Legends 2017) air show

Duxford (Flying Legends 2017) air show
At this air show I came for -and enjoyed- the airplanes ('warbirds'), but this may be my finest photo that day!


 

 

Tucson 2017
'I like it when one is not certain of what one sees. When we do not know why we are look at it, all of a sudden
we discover something that we start seeing. I like this confusion.' ¬Saul Leiter

 

 

Tricks
'Tricks'.
Rotterdam ¬Feb.2018


Amsterdam, streetpgotography by Ruud Leeuw
Amsterdam, Sint Antoniesbreestraat ¬March 2018

AMSterdam, streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
Amsterdam, Oude Doelenstraat ¬March 2018

Amsterdam, 26JUL2018
Amsterdam, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal ¬July 2018

 

 

 

Deventer- streetphotography
Streetartists at the Deventer Book Fair, 2018Aug05

 

Osaka 2018
Osaka 2018 (my travel report)

Osaka 2018
Osaka 10-2018

"Life is in colour, but black and white is more realistic", from a Wim Wenders movie.

 

 


Keukenhof 2019
The famous 'Keukenhof' also makes for (sort of) streetphotography (22Mar2019).

 


Haarlem, 14Apr2019
Haarlem, 14Apr2019

 

 

DEVENTER - june 2020
Deventer 06-2020
Old normal (groceries being raised in a basket for ease of use) or new
normal (social distancing/quarantine for Covid-19) ?

Deventer 06-2020
Welcome cooling by some rain after days of almost tropical heat.

 

 


Vijzelstraat, Amsterdam (07Aug20) - Leica Q (Typ116)
Vijzelstraat, Amsterdam (07Aug20) - Leica Q (Typ116)
'Hot town, summer in the city
back of my neck getting dark and pretty..'

Vijzelstraat, Amsterdam (07Aug20) - Leica Q (Typ116)
Vijzelstraat, Amsterdam (07Aug20) - Leica Q (Typ116)
#OnReading


 

VENICE, ITALY - AUG.2020
Venice, Italy - streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
(Sony RX10M4)

Venice, Italy - streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
(Leica Q - Typ116)

Venice, Italy - streetphotography by Ruud Leeuw
@Bepi's House, Burano (Leica Q - Typ116)

Piazza San Marco, Venice (2020)
Piazza San Marco, Venice (2020; Leica Q)

 

 


Amsterdam, javaplein 10-2020
Amsterdam, Javaplein -23Oct20 (Nikon P950)

 

THE DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, DURING CORONA LOCKDOWN (29NOV20)

Chow Chow
I grew up with Chow Chow's, so I couldn't resist making this portrait; one rarely come across them. Leica Q


 

Alternative streetphotography, during the Corona lockdown (Jan.2021)
Amsterdamse Bos (01-2021)

Amsterdamse Bos (01-2021)

Amsterdamse Bos (01-2021)
Camera: Sony RX10M4 (converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro 2)

 

 

 

 

Created: 16-Sep-2016