Welcome to my lifestyle blog, where I share visual stories about life in Tuscany as a Dutch expat film photographer from my home 'Casa Capanni', a bed&breakfast I run with family & friends. I also share stories here about kindred spirits such as fellow expats, creative entrepreneurs and small businesses who care just as much about sustainability as I do.
June is probably my favourite month in Tuscany. I used to think it was May, which is when nature is at its greenest, interspersed with those vibrant pops of bright red; the poppy flower. But in June ‘the fields of Gold’ appear, the beautiful golden grain, which make the landscape even more breathtaking. A drive […]
Film photography is literally a slow process, because I have to wait for my rolls to be developed. The element of waiting really adds to the enjoyment of shooting film, though. While I’m shooting I have no idea how my images will turn out. It means that I’m far more conscious of every shot I […]
MY FAVOURITE BOOKSHOP Books are definitely a part of an analog or ‘slow’ lifestyle. I really hope that there will always be libraries and bookshops, especially like my favourite bookshop; “Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights”. That name alone…brilliant! They’re based in Bath, which happens to be my favourite city. I’ve been there quite a […]
I was in the Netherlands for 10 days at the end of October and one afternoon I got together with my muse Sascha and her beautiful friend Hanna in Amsterdam. That morning they’d put together two Autumn fashion outfits and my sister Leonique had done their hair and make-up. We were so lucky with the […]
For ‘Smudge & Blur’ I got to know the friendly face behind “De kartonnerie, bespoke cardboard product design”: Sabrine den Os. I visited her in her work studio at home in The Hague and captured her on film while she practised her craft! We then sat down for a cosy chat, whilst we drank tea […]
I call this ‘String of Onions on film against frescoed wall’, an experiment with film photography in perspective, light, colour and composition. I took these with my Contax 645 on Kodak Portra 400 in an old Tuscan Rectory with original frescoes on the walls dating from the 1940s. It was sunny outside and rather dark […]