Category Archives: Netherlands

Disposable camera, indisposable memories

Capturing a photo on film evokes this strange feeling in me: a slice of time being captured; the moment physically frozen; to be stowed away; to never be lost, but to be forgotten; forever left in dust filled boxes, in cobweb filled attics, only to let me reminiscence into the past when re-discovered decades later in future.

I have to admit that my expectation of this feeling, of using a disposable camera to be similar to that of traditional film camera – was misinformed. The idea that the very device used to capture these moments, will be lifeless and pretty much useless after doing so; made me feel the added dimension of ephemeralness to the format. I have neither expected nor anticipated this, and it has left me gasping to slow down.

With digital cameras I usually take anywhere between few hundreds to few thousands of pictures in an year. On film, a hundred pictures or so. But with a disposable camera, I managed to take a mere 30 shots in an entire year; of those 5 were a lost, forever; leaving me wondering, what was in it? where was I? what was I thinking?; questions, which perhaps, I will never get the answers for.

Here are some of my favourite moments in the “forever format”

Snow in Amsterdam


Home, Amsterdam


Shanghai, China



Airports


Lisbon, Portugal


Algarve, Portugal






Texel Island, Netherlands


Afsluitdijk again

A friend and I took off on an impromptu drive in the morning, and headed towards afsluitdijk again after a long time.

I love this place for the symbol of man-above-nature that it represents, as well as the engineering marvel it really is. Imagining that am standing on a dijke that is 30km long, has a motorway on it and which converted a huge chunk of sea into a lake; just blows my mind away, every single time.