The Cure, Rotterdam concert 1979


The Cure on Rotterdam, September 1979

The Cure on Rotterdam, September 1979

This 9 September 1979 photo shows British band the Cure, playing at the Rotterdam, the Netherlands New Pop Festival 1979 in the Zuiderpark.

I took photos there with my Kodak Pocket Instamatic, the cheapest, smallest and simplest camera available. In 2005, photo shops stopped developing and printing Instamatic films. That meant the end of photography forever for me and others for whom expensive cameras for which you needed a Sc.D degree were not an option.

You could only make 12 photos with an Instamatic film. So, I had to be careful not to waste film.

I photographed the Inner Circle reggae band.

I made photos of the Specials.

And of the Cure, as this one also shows.

The Cure in Rotterdam

The Cure in Rotterdam. New Pop Festival, 9 September 1979

Inner Circle reggae, Rotterdam 1979


Inner Cirle reggae, Rotterdam New Pop 1979

Inner Circle reggae, Rotterdam New Pop 1979

This 9 September 1979 photo shows Jamaican band Inner Circle, playing reggae at the Rotterdam, the Netherlands New Pop Festival 1979 in the Zuiderpark.

I took photos there with my Kodak Pocket Instamatic, the cheapest, smallest and simplest camera available. In 2005, photo shops stopped developing and printing Instamatic films. That meant the end of photography forever for me and others for whom expensive cameras for which you needed a Sc.D degree were not an option.

There were many bands on various stages at the New Pop festival. I didn’t know at what time there would be what music on what stage. So, when I read the festival line-up now, to my big shame I missed Public Image Limited. It looks like I also very regrettably missed the punky ska girls the Bodysnatchers from England. However … Wikipedia says that the Bodysnatchers played their first concert in London in November 1979, so after Rotterdam New Pop! Someone made a mistake somewhere.

UPDATE: Rhoda Dakar, Bodysnatchers’ singer, has replied meanwhile. Thank you so much, Rhoda! The Bodysnatchers never played outside the UK. So at Rotterdam New Pop 1979 either no Bodysnatchers, or different snatchers snatching different bodies.

You could only make 12 photos with an Instamatic film. So, I had to be careful not to waste film.

I did hear Roger Chapman and the Shortlist. Roger Chapman was a nice chap, but the music was a bit predictable. I didn’t make photos.

I did make photos of Inner Circle, as also this one shows.

Inner Circle in Rotterdam September 1979

Inner Circle reggae band in Rotterdam September 1979

And I saw and heard the Cure and the Specials. About that, later.

Bittern, buzzard, bearded reedlings


Bittern area, September 2021

This photo shows the view from a hide in the Rottige Meente nature reserve in Friesland province in the Netherlands. In September, we saw a bittern there. All three photos in this blog post are cellphone photos.

A few days later, a buzzard, hundreds of lapwings and a marsh harrier from that hide.

Nearly all days, bearded reedlings. And dragonflies.

Rottige Meente, September 2021

And gadwall ducks. Sometimes also mallards and shovelers.

Rottige Meente water, September 2021

Skullcap dapperling and birds


Skullcap dapperlings, 5 August 2020

These two cellphone photos show skullcap dapperling mushrooms.

Skullcap dapperlings, on 5 August 2020

We saw them on 5 August 2020 in woodland near Joppe village in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

We heard nuthatches, jays and great spotted woodpeckers.

A buzzard on a pole.

A wren not far away.

Bernini sculptures exhibition in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


This February 2020 video from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands says about itself:

Caravaggio-Bernini. Baroque in Rome’ (14 February to 7 June 2020) is an exhibition of more than 70 masterpieces by Caravaggio, Bernini and their contemporaries. The paintings and sculptures are on loan to the Rijksmuseum from museums and private collections around the world.

The exhibition has been extended until 13 September.

These 31 August 2020 cell phone photos are of Bernini sculptures.

Bernini sculpture, 31 August 2020

Bernini, Rijksmuseum, 31 August 2020

Bernini, 31 August 2020

Bernini, on 31 August 2020, Rijksmuseum

Bernini head, 31 August 2020