In the collection of Stedelijk museum Amsterdam is a work of Edward Kienholz, the Beanery (1965). It has influenced many youngsters their opinion on bars forever. At young age I could sit there for a while in the fading scent of beer, listening to a murmling radio surrounded by fellow guests with clocks as head. Years later I would still absorb the atmosphere in bars. A few scenes I have sketched with ink and paper. Many years later the digital photography opened up the possibility to experiment with snapshots in dark environment. Somehow those photo's never seemed to come even close to ambiance at the location. Some scenes /subjects are better left to old ink and paper technique while others are better of in photo.
These café photos - made during my study at photo academy are a study to see how far my thesis about pen versus camera held. To register the ambiance without disrupting the mood I used the bellow camera (1923) of my grandfather and used exposure times just long enough to show difference between people with and without motion. Dusk was choosen as photo moment to balance indoor and outdoor light. Additional a handheld flash was used give the bar an extra touch of light.