Welcome to my blog! My name is Aukje Kastelijn, and I live in the Netherlands in a small town near Rotterdam.

I took the plunge, and decided to start a blog to share my journey in photography. It started late august of 2014. Up till august I had been taking pictures on holidays with a Canon powershot s95. I approached photography as something that should not take too much time. I wanted the photo’s as a reminder of the beauty I came across, but I considered the process of taking a photo as an interference with what I was doing. My man owned a DSLR, but I was never tempted to try his camera. The size, form factor and amount of buttons put me off.

So, what happened?

I did the Leica M testdrive. Because of some coincidence I was invited, and I decided to go for it. And then I fell in love. I just loved (and still do!) the process of focussing and framing through the rangefinder. And the sound of the shutter alone was almost enough to convince me. I loved the images that came out, I could hardly believe it was me who had created them.

To be clear, I do not believe buying a Leica makes me a better photographer. But being the photographer I am, the images I take simply look better. More important, I get inspired, I want to go out to get more images, and my ambition grows with every picture I take. So I started the journey with this fabulous camera.

I have a lot to learn, both from a technical and an artistic point of view. With this blog, I want to share my passion for photography. I want to share the discoveries I make with different techniques. I want to share the excitement when I succeed in capturing something beautiful. And I hope my experiences will inspire someone else to go out and do the same.

You can find more of my photo’s on instagram (mostly film): https://www.instagram.com/aukjek/

5 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Hi Tony,

      Thanks for asking. I am very anxious to find out myself. As you probably know, patience is a virtue in film photography. I decided to use AG photo lab again, but mail between The Netherlands and the UK can be slow. I mailed them my film on november 18th, and I have had a message that they have dispatched my photos last Tuesday, so I expect them in my mailbox any day now.


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