Pat Seman – Covid and Amsterdam Photos

Pat Seman
Covid and Amsterdam Photos

For 33 years, Pat Seman has lived in a street that ends at the Amstel River. Every morning she walks along the river and sometimes takes photos with her Samsung smartphone, an SM-G930F. Since Covid, the river path has become much busier with people of all ages exercising, walking, and jogging. As a result, the grass verges have been worn away, as well as the usual spring flowers. River cafes have also been closed; their terraces empty. Seman took the photos of the social distancing poster and electronic message board in March 2020. Her photo of the ice-covered Amstel is from February 2021, contrasted with one a month later, at the beginning of spring.

Pat Seman City of Amsterdam Social Distancing Poster, photo, 2020


Pat Seman, Electronic Social Distancing Sign, Amstel River, photograph, 2020


Pat Seman, View of the Amstel, February 2021, photograph, 2021


Pat Seman, View of the Amstel, March 2021, photograph, 2021

Matthew Wood – Tour de Lockdown

Matthew Wood
Tour de Lockdown

Walking brings a meditative escape to what is my busy work life in Children’s Social Care. Photography allows me to appreciate and live in that meditative moment. Tour de Lockdown was photographed on what a year ago would have been a bridge bustling with commuters, tourists, and vehicles. Though it is an eerie scene now, more so with the lighting and mist, it expressed the positive with life cycling into another year as it were. I admit I do enjoy photographing the beauty of bleakness.

Matthew Wood, Tour de Lockdown, photograph, 2020

Bryan R. Monte – English Lake District Photos

Bryan R. Monte
Lake District Photos

During my English Lake District holidays, I have had the opportunity to visit literary and historical sites, and my friend, the writer Neil Hughes. The District’s suddenly changeable weather, from bright and sunny one moment to cloudy and stormy the next, has always amazed me and sometimes caught me off guard.
      As a result of this picturesque landscape and its chimeric weather, I always keep a camera at the ready. Below are photos taken with a Canon SK 130 IS in natural light. The first is of clouds descending on a landscape with Two Wanderers Along Coniston Water. The second is of clouds, landscape, and a bit of Lake Windermere taken from a window Reflection, Wordsworth House, Rydal Mount.

Bryan R. Monte, Two Wanderers Along Coniston Water, photograph, 2014


Bryan R. Monte, Reflection, Wordsworth House, Rydal Mount, 2014

Lia Di Stefano – Weather Photos

Lia Di Stefano
Weather Photos

Photography is an extension of Lia Di Stefano’s aesthetic sensibility, which includes both writing and the visual arts. She often photographs dramatic light and weather conditions.
      Tumultuous Sky was shot with a 35mm Canon SureShot camera in two parts: the top two-thirds and the bottom one-third, which were joined in Photoshop. The clouds appeared this colour, roiled violently, no wind on the ground, but a small tornado was later reported nearby.
     Green Light, Wipers Off was shot on an iPhone XR as part or an ongoing series of rain photos and videos. The series is also part of a broader series of abstract photos.

Lia Di Stefano, Tumultous Sky, photograph, 2019

Lia Di Stefano, Green Light, Wipers Off, photograph, 2019

Dianne Kellogg – Beginnings/Endings Photos

Dianne Kellogg
Beginnings/Endings Photos

Dianne Kellogg is an Ohio native who has spent the last fifty years in northern Ohio’s rural snowbelt. Arctic blasts and strong winds off of Lake Erie can dump half a metre or more of snow overnight, collapsing roofs, knocking down trees, and making roads impassible for days. The end of winter brings maple syrup tapping time and the first blossoms, daffodils, a symbol of Kellogg’s Welsh heritage.
      Kellogg has a BA from Hiram College. She studied watercolour under Florian Lawton and she has worked as a muralist and interior decorator. Having retired from governmental fund accounting, she now has time to pursue photography, poetry, and watercolours.

Dianne Kellogg, Snow Collapsed Barn Roof, photograph, 2017


Dianne Kellogg, Fallen Tree, photograph, 2020


Dianne Kellogg, Daffodils, photograph, 2019

Keith Moul – Borderlands Photos

Keith Moul
Borderlands Photos

Keith Moul likes to drive around and stop at anything interesting. If there is space at the side of the road, he’ll stop (and sometimes on an isolated road in its middle). He processes the shot in Photoshop, without ever changing the content, but only to sharpen, contrast and provide maximum saturation (to his eye) depending on the subject.

Damrak Bikepath, Amsterdam, Keith Moul, photograph, 2018

Landscape with Arizona and US Flags, Keith Moul, photograph, 2018

Japantown, San Francisco, Keith Moul, photograph, 2018.

Bryan R. Monte – Rijksmusem Tower Watchmen

Bryan R. Monte
Rijksmuseum Tower Watchmen

Bryan R. Monte always tries to take a camera with him when he goes into Amsterdam. Over the last decade, he has amassed a collection of over 1,000 photographs of the city, and especially its art and culture, including artwork in some of its museums’ permanent and special collections. The photo below of the north and west sides of the Rijksmuseum clock tower was taken in June 2013 with a hand-held, Canon Powershot SX130 IS with a focal length of 25,715, F stop 5 and an 1/160 exposure.

Bryan R. Monte Rijksmuseum Tower Watchmen, photograph, 2013

Nina Ascoly and bart plantenga – Amsterdam Photos

Nina Ascoly and bart plantenga
Amsterdam Photos

Nina Ascoly takes photos of plants, nature, and daughter Paloma to relax and to escape the stress of working for an international environmental organization.

bart plantenga is the author of novels Beer Mystic, Radioactivity Kills, and Ocean GroOve, short story collection Wiggling Wishbone, novella Spermatogonia: The Isle of Man, and wander memoirs Paris Scratch and New York Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor. His books, YODEL-AY-EE-OOOO: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World, Yodel in Hi-Fi, plus the CD Rough Guide to Yodel, have created the misunderstanding that he’s the world’s foremost yodel expert. He’s also a DJ and has produced Wreck This Mess since 1986. He lives in Amsterdam. He is currently working on a photo exhibition called ‘The Cone Brothers: Respecting the Unspoken Authority of the Traffic Cone’, featuring a selection of his and daughter Paloma’s 400 cone photos.

bart plantenga, photos l. & r.  & Nina Ascoly, photo center,  IJ Triptych, photographs, 1996

Ascoly and plantenga used a 1984 Canon XA2 compact camera with a 35 mm 1:3.5-4-element lens. The triptych above was taken from the windows of a squat located between the Silo and Stenenhoofd public space to the northwest and the Centraal Station to the southeast. The building was razed 15 years ago. It was just north of the present-day IJdok peninsula, which now includes hotels and a courthouse. The photograph below was taken with the same camera along the Prins Hendrikkade in Amsterdam.

bart plantenga, Floating Amsterdam, photograph, 2010

Demi Anter – A Different Kind of Red

Demi Anter
A Different Kind of Red

Demi Anter writes: ‘I began photographing as a means to document my other artworks, often ephemeral in nature. I quickly fell in love with the art form. Since moving to Europe, shooting on film has become an almost daily ritual that helps me feel awake to the world around me. This photo was taken on 35mm film with my Pentax K1000 in December of 2018, while I travelled alone to Amsterdam in order to get my first tattoos. The city in winter gave me equal doses of wonder and melancholy. This photo is an instance of wonder — oddity and delight — with thanks due to my best travel companion, the camera.’

Demi Anter, A Different Kind of Red, photograph, 2018

Jury S. Judge – Saturated Colours

Jury S. Judge
Saturated Colours

Jury S. Judge writes: ‘My photographs, Diaphanous and If You Love Yellow, This Is For You, were both taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I captured both images using a shutter speed of 1/80 of second and at an F-Stop of f/5.6. My cell phone served as an illuminated light source in the background, which set the delicate flowers aglow with bold colours. These pieces are both celebrations of the simplicity of vividly saturated colours and the exquisite, timeless beauty of plant life. I enjoy when small-scale subjects such as flower petals are magnified by camera lens, and become elevated to art.’

Diaphanous, Jury S. Judge, photograph, 2018.

If You Love Yellow, This Is For You, Jury S. Judge, photograph, 2018