Against the Odds: Phil Collins 1981

This weekly theme is ‘Against the Odds’.

Michelle promised bonus points for a photo of Phil Collins, well here it is.

October 4th 1981, Groenoordhal Leiden. Genesis is on tour promoting their Abacab album.  Genesis’ frontman Phil Collins remembers that night as he got angry when  the Dutch audience booed the new songs: “Just to make it worthwhile for people who like the old shit….”. (the quote starts at 54:15).

In August 2008 he came back to Leiden when his daughter Joeley married. In an interview he said that Genesis was first booed in 1981 in Leiden, so he returned with mixed emotions. But he was joking ‘I hope the father and mother of my son in law did not attend the gig’.

Against all odds’ was already written by Phil Collins on the 4th of October 1981, but still on the shelf.The Groenoordhal no longer exists.  And Phil Collins? He is luckily not dead yet and just published his autobiography by that title. A remarkable career in music. And a brilliant drummer and musician.

 

The Netherlands, Leiden – October 1981

Shot with Pentax K1000 on Kodakcolor II, scanned from negative and edited using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a bigger version

A list of other entries to this theme; if you do not want to be on this list let me know and I remove the link

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Yemen Landscapes

Landscapes of Yemen.

About the B4 retouch series
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought.
All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

Shot with Nikon F90 on Kodak TriX, Nikon F301 on Kodak II colour film and scanned from film and edited using Snapseed and Marksta . Click the picture for a bigger version.

Heather at Vierhouten

A few photos of the heather at Vierhouten. To remind of the colours that will be coming back again in Spring and Summer. One of these photos is published earlier. The first one giving me the right answer wins eternal glory!

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought. All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

 

Originally shot with Nikon F301 on Kodak Color, scanned from negative an tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the image for a larger version.

Weekly Photo Challenge/B4 Retouch: Warmth (Simiane la Rotonde)

The theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘warmth’.

This photo is from Simiane la Rotonde in southern France. A day in August, at noon, warm, no one on the streets. Originally shot in colour using Kodak Gold.

About the B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought. All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

 

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France, Simiane la Rotonde – August 1989

 

Originally shot with Olympus on Kodak color II, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a larger version.

 

B4 Retouch: Summer Heather

The Winter started today. To remind of where we are heading eventually a few photos of the heather at Vierhouten.

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought. All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

 

Originally shot with Nikon F301 on Kodak Color, scanned from negative an tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the image for a larger version.

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge/B4 Retouch: Achievement (Sagrada Familia)

This week the weekly challenge is ‘achievement’. In 1990 I visited Barcelona and the build of the Sagrada Família. Designed by Gaudí it was still in progress. A big cathedral designed totally unique than any church I had seen. Nowadays work has progressed a lot but in those days this is what you could see. A majestic original achievement. Still to be finished.

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought. All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

Shot with Olympus Mju on Kodak Color II, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click on the pictures for a larger version

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge/B4 Retouch: Achievement (Coll de la Creueta)

This week the weekly challenge is ‘achievement’. As I said, Dutch cyclists won a lot of prizes but the Belgians won more. The same is true in this picture. It is the summit of the Coll de la Creueta (1916 meters) in Catalonia and it shows me losing with half a wheel to my mate Louis from Belgium. It was a beautiful climb. Ending in a race to the summit, with an unfortunate result :-). Well we arrived at the top, that is what counts. Having a lot of fun doing that.

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought. All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

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Spain, Catalunya – August 1990

Shot with Olympus Mju on Kodak Color II, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click on the pictures for a larger version

 

 

B4 Retouch: Berlin Wall 25 Years Open

On November 9 1989 the Berlin Wall opened. A few days later I happened to be in Berlin. The Wall was open. There was a ‘hole’ on the Potsdamer Platz. A long row of people was waiting in the big empty space. On the east side the atmosphere was still spooky and depressing. The Wall had opened, but the  infrastructure that kept East-Germans inside was still there. The guards, the towers, the barbwire, the mines, the ‘no man’s land zone’, the spooky and unrealistic atmosphere of separation and repression. On the west side spirits were high; people were attacking The Wall to get memorabilia, tearing it down with hammers and chisels. There was the anticipation of change, everybody (including the press at the Brandenburger Tor) was waiting for The Big Opening. It was the principal press area for reporting from Berlin in those days. People selling t-shirts, buttons. Here an album of pictures of these days. Some I published earlier some are new. I will never forget how it felt to walk through East-Berlin which was still in the old state. In a way I am happy I did that, before it all disappeared. I am looking forward to a long weekend in Berlin to visit these places again and going to one of the most vibrant cities in the world.

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought.
All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

 

Monochrome: shot with Nikon F301 on Kodak Tri X scanned from negative and edited using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the picture for a bigger version

Color: shot with Olympus Mju on Kodak Color II, scanned from negative and tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta . Click on the pictures for a larger version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B4 Retouch: Istanbul

The skyline of Istanbul in 1988.

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought.
All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

 

 

 

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Turkey, Istanbul – September 1988

Originally shot with Nikon F301 on Kodak Color, scanned from negative an tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the image for a larger version.

Weekly Photo Challenge/B4 Retouch: Endurance (Side)

This weekly photo challenge is about ‘endurance’.  Endurance is about ‘the long run’, being there still after quite a bit of time. An example of this category are old monuments of the classic period of Greeks and Romans. Here is the amphitheater of Side in the south of Turkey.

The B4 retouch series:
I browsed my archive for pictures to publish in – an originally – small series. That series caught on a bit more than I thought.
All of them are not retouched yet. Scratches, dust and stains are not removed.

Originally shot with Nikon F301 on Kodak Color, scanned from negative an tweaked using Snapseed and Marksta. Click the image for a larger version.