My Photos of 2012 – 38 split seconds of the year

Never before there were so many pictures taken in a year than this year. I contributed to this photography-explosion with at least a thousand pictures.

This year I shot for work and fun in the Netherlands, Slovenia, Belgium, Croatia, France, Italy, Germany. Pictures of me were published in Dutch daily Noordhollands Dagblad, where I was employed till July, Slovenian daily Delo and Slovenian bicycle magazine Bicikel. I used five camera’s (2 canon DSLR’s, 1 compact Ricoh GX100, an analogue Canonet GIII QL17 and my Nokia phone).

I tried to capture remarkable, rememberable and beautiful moments. Here a selection of 38 captured split seconds of 2012.

Pim Beudeker, member of the city council of Oostzaan, portraited on 19 January for an interview.
Pim Beudeker, member of the city council of Oostzaan, portraited on 19 January for an interview.
Winter came late in the Netherlands. Heavy snowfall on February 3 surprised traffic. Police officers had to push cars up the Bernhard Bridge in Zaandam.
Winter came late in the Netherlands. Heavy snowfall on February 3 surprised traffic. Police officers had to push cars up the Bernhard Bridge in Zaandam.
Not my kind of party. Carnaval in the Netherlands on February 19. One of the Dutch things i wont miss. And no, that's definately not Michelle Obama in the background.
Not my kind of party. Carnaval in the Netherlands on February 19. One of the Dutch things i wont miss. And no, that’s definately not Michelle Obama in the background.
Carnaval in Slovenia on February 21. Although I'm not quite sure the man on the right was really dressed up for it.
Carnaval in Slovenia on February 21. Although I’m not quite sure the man on the right was really dressed up for it.
Venice in the Netherlands? A construction worker appears to be gondelier in Zaandam where a canal is being dugged out in the main shopping street on March 21.
Venice in the Netherlands? A construction worker appears to be gondelier in Zaandam where a canal is being dugged out in the main shopping street on March 21.

Disabled elderly were given a tour through Zaanstad's new town hall by volunteers on March 16.
Disabled elderly were given a tour through Zaanstad’s new town hall by volunteers on March 16.

A warm and sunny day in Belgium on March 25. The good weather didn't prevent the peloton of the women's race Gent-Wevelgem being torn apart.
A warm and sunny day in Belgium on March 25. The good weather didn’t prevent the peloton of the women’s race Gent-Wevelgem being torn apart.

A visitor of Dutch Do It Yourself store Hornbach is reflected in the mirror of his scooter on March 26.
A visitor of Dutch Do It Yourself store Hornbach is reflected in the mirror of his scooter on March 26.

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Macaws in Dutch Do It Yourself Hornbach on March 30. The owners take their birds everywhere they go.
Macaws in Dutch Do It Yourself Hornbach on March 30. The owners take their birds everywhere they go.

Visiting the Tour of Flanders in style on April 1. Girlfriend Marjetka waves a Flemish flag.
Visiting the Tour of Flanders in style on April 1. Girlfriend Marjetka waves a Flemish flag.

April 1. Tom Boonen of Belgium (middle) has escaped in the Tour of Flanders with Italians (Filippo Pozzato) and Alessandro Ballan. Boonen would beat them both in the sprint in Oudenaarde.
April 1. Tom Boonen of Belgium (middle) has escaped in the Tour of Flanders with Italians (Filippo Pozzato) and Alessandro Ballan. Boonen would beat them both in the sprint in Oudenaarde.

April 11. Social return on investment in practise. A young worker on a boat in Koog aan de Zaan, who requested to be anonymous, got a job because the city forced a contracter to hire an unemployed to get the contract for dredging works on a river.
April 11. Social return on investment in practise. A young worker on a boat in Koog aan de Zaan, who requested to be anonymous, got a job because the city forced a contracter to hire an unemployed to get the contract for dredging works on a river.

Queens Day in the Netherlands is an event not to be celebrated alone. A packed centre of Zaandam on April 30.
Queens Day in the Netherlands is an event not to be celebrated alone. A packed centre of Zaandam on April 30.

I wasn't the only one who emigrated this year. Emre Kanik, member of the city council of Zaanstad, left for South Korea in August. I portrayed him on May 3, shortly after he announced his departure.
I wasn’t the only one who emigrated this year. Emre Kanik, member of the city council of Zaanstad, left for South Korea in August. I portrayed him on May 3, shortly after he announced his departure.

Hotel Inntel in Zaandam on May 7 in the sunshine.
Hotel Inntel in Zaandam on May 7 in the sunshine.

May 10. 9 year old Youri Brouwer from Assendelft is in the centre of attention after he rescued a 4 year old from the water. Here he get's interviewed for tv after receiving a medal.
May 10. 9 year old Youri Brouwer from Assendelft is in the centre of attention after he rescued a 4 year old from the water. Here he get’s interviewed for tv after receiving a medal.

Diederik Samsom of Dutch labour party PvdA kicks off the election campaign in Zaandam on June 9. Samsom would later this year be choses as Dutch politician of the year.
Diederik Samsom of Dutch labour party PvdA kicks off the election campaign in Zaandam on June 9. Samsom would later this year be choses as Dutch politician of the year.

Voting in town hall of Zaanstad at the end of the last meeting I would attend on June 21.
Voting in town hall of Zaanstad at the end of the last meeting I would attend on June 21.

A memorial for the massacre in Srebenica in 1995 on Preseren Trg in Ljubljana on July 11.
A memorial for the massacre in Srebenica in 1995 on Preseren Trg in Ljubljana on July 11.

July 13. Shade and hydrate. It was a long, hot and dry summer in Slovenia.
July 13. Shade and hydrate. It was a long, hot and dry summer in Slovenia.

Windowwipers clean a glass tower on Slovenska Cesta in  Ljubljana on June 20.  They don't use scaffolding or ladders but a solid rope-access.
Windowwipers clean a glass tower on Slovenska Cesta in Ljubljana on June 20. They don’t use scaffolding or ladders but a solid rope-access.

Film under the Stars at the castle of Ljubljana on August 17. In August the square of the castle was turned in to a cinema.
Film under the Stars at the castle of Ljubljana on August 17. In August the square of the castle was turned in to a cinema.

In Ljubljana anything can happen. A lady poses naked for an art class in the centre of town on August 21.
In Ljubljana anything can happen. A lady poses naked for an art class in the centre of town on August 21.

Carla Ryan of Australia is hyperconcentrated before the start of the prologue of the Tour d'Ardeche in France on September 9.
Carla Ryan of Australia is hyperconcentrated before the start of the prologue of the Tour d’Ardeche in France on September 9.

My bike with some decoration. A surprise of the girls of the Boretti-team i assisted in the Tour d'Ardeche on September 8.
My bike with some decoration. A surprise of the girls of the Boretti-team i assisted in the Tour d’Ardeche on September 8.

Ljubljana mayor Zoran Jankovic is arrested on charges of corruption on September 27. Croatian televison is getting ready to report about it.
Ljubljana mayor Zoran Jankovic is arrested on charges of corruption on September 27. Croatian televison is getting ready to report about it.

Ouch. In the last bicycle race of the year in Slovenia on October 21 a cyclist has a painfull encounter with his bike. I only noticed it when loaded the pictures to the computer.
Ouch. In the last bicycle race of the year in Slovenia on October 21 a cyclist has a painfull encounter with his bike. I only noticed it when loaded the pictures to the computer.

October 28. Participants of the Ljubljana Marathon get treated to some snow.
October 28. Participants of the Ljubljana Marathon get treated to some snow.

In fall a series of violent protests spread through Slovenia. Here riot police stands guard in front of the Parliament on November 27.
In fall a series of violent protests spread through Slovenia. Here riot police stands guard in front of the Parliament on November 27.

Busted. Police arrested dozens at a protest in Ljubljana on November 29.
Busted. Police arrested dozens at a protest in Ljubljana on November 29.

December 4. The canal has appeared in the main shopping street of Zaandam.
December 4. The canal has appeared in the main shopping street of Zaandam.

A pancake with sugar. The Netherlands is covered in snow in the morning of December 7.
A pancake with sugar. The Netherlands is covered in snow in the morning of December 7.

December 8. In Slovenia even more snow has fallen.
December 8. In Slovenia even more snow has fallen.

12/16/2012 Pokljuka, Slovenia. Erik Lesser of German leads Simon Eder of Austria in the 15 kilometre mass start race of the Biathlon World Cup race in Slovenian Pokljuka.
12/16/2012 Pokljuka, Slovenia. Erik Lesser of German leads Simon Eder of Austria in the 15 kilometre mass start race of the Biathlon World Cup race in Slovenian Pokljuka.

Women biathletes come out of the fog to shoot in the women's race of the biathlon world cup in Pokljuka.
Women biathletes come out of the fog to shoot in the women’s race of the biathlon world cup in Pokljuka.

Former Turkish ambassador Balkan Kizildeli finds a moment of rest at a reception in the residence of Dutch ambassador Jos Douma in Ljubljana on December 19.
Former Turkish ambassador Balkan Kizildeli finds a moment of rest at a reception in the residence of Dutch ambassador Jos Douma in Ljubljana on December 19.

Me on a bicycle ride near Ljubljana, on one of the rare planes in the country.
Me on a bicycle ride near Ljubljana, on one of the rare planes in the country.

On December 22 a man drinks a beer while he works on his boat in the deserted Croatian village of Medulin.
On December 22 a man drinks a beer while he works on his boat in the deserted Croatian village of Medulin.

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