Some of you will be intrigued by the title and might think that I will tell you ‘the story of my life’; nothing of that kind. I do like to take you back to the time I was 16, almost 40 years ago. After high school I wanted to be a carpenter, designing and making furniture, however being a girl, no way, that was a man’s job. The discussion was closed but not my determination to learn a trade in which I can use my hands, my imagination, put something of myself in, create things.
I ended up at a wonderful school in Utrecht, the NIMETO, 4 years of education how to become a window-dresser/designer/decorator. The school was founded in 1922 and was meant for how to become a master painter. The education section I was in was part of that school and completely new. Big department stores like the Bijenkorf, were looking for window-dressers that were more than only creative, they had to have knowledge of marketing and business in general too.
I loved it, for here I was able to use my hands (and brains). I was able to create my own decor that I could use in my windows. Yes I was happy, and some inside information added: in that time a window-dresser was a man’s profession.
After graduation in 1975 I was so overwhelmed by the possibilities of where to work I chose to be in the USA for one year in an exchange program of the Mennonite Church.
While there I even tried to get a job at Wanamaker’s (the biggest department store at that time) in Philadelphia, but being a woman and Dutch, I did not get a green card.
Now I will skip a ‘few’ years………..In May 2007 I bought my Nikon D80 camera and one of my biggest wishes was: having my own website and showing my pictures on the internet. My brother, who lives in Canada, told me about Shutterchance, a photo blog, the answer to what I wanted. (BTW he is a typographer/printer and when he was 17 and I 14 years old, we used to develop B&W pictures in the bathroom.)
I started posting pictures on my blog ‘Picturit’ in August 2007 and it was not until the
27th of March 2008 that I discovered something Visual I wanted to add to my pictures, something I had not seen done by others. It became my trademark. Sometimes I put in my name ‘Astrid’ in the picture as part of the picture, my signature; this and this show what I mean. Visitors on my blog started noticing and even told me that first they tried to locate my signature and then looked at the picture. To me it still is fun trying to put my name in without it being too ‘obvious’. Ginnie visited my blog the-31st-of-August-2007 and we ended up married on the 5th of February this year.
Today is Ginnie’s 65th birthday. We are gone for the weekend to the province of Limburg in the south of the Netherlands……doing what??.......taking pictures and that will not come as a surprise to you.
Special guest post today by Astrid Wijdekop, from the Netherlands, who blogs over at 'Picturit'. Thank you for joining us here today, Astrid, and for your wonderful story and image.