Artist of the week has been chosen!

Submitted by Samatar 11/01/05 9:43 PM GMT

Announcing our first ever "Artist of the week" on caedes: Paul Gerritsen! Paul was a very popular choice with 5 out of 15 nominations received. During the following week, and possibly longer, we will be focusing on Paul's work and offering encouragement, support and feedback on his individual works and his gallery in general. You may also ask questions by posting them in this news item. Below is some information that Paul has graciously provided for us to learn a little more about him. I hope you all joining me in congratulating Paul and make this week one for him to remember.

Paul: To begin I would like to say that I am real proud on being chosen to be the first in a, hopefully, long line of artists of the week! Let me introduce myself first. My name and artist name are one and the same, so it’s just Paul Gerritsen. I live in the Netherlands (or Holland whichever your prefer). I am 39 years old, have a wife by the name of Tanja, a son Bas of 5, a daughter Julia of 2 and a dog Simba of 1 year. The latter 3 can all be found in my gallery. Beside photography I do al lot of push biking to work (yes that’s fairly common in Holland!), I swim and I read lot’s of books. Oh, and last but not least I have those kids and dog of course to keep me busy. My occupation is Head of industrial Automation. That means I run a department with 7 wiz kids that designs and produces all kind of computer controls for the industry. My specialty is pumping systems for which I create the electronics and write the software which we sell in Europe, and soon in the USA as well.

Back to the photography, I started seriously when I was 18 years old. The main reason at the time was that I started traveling a lot and I wanted to record my adventures. It was the time that I met my wife and also the time that we could purchase train tickets for teenagers that cost less than a tank of fuel for your car today, but that would take us all over Europe. And it was during those travels that I started taking snapshots. In the beginning I was very good in the Japanese technique: see something nice, move your family in front of it to make absolutely sure that there is nothing left of interest in the viewer and click-clack! Of course that did not last long as I found out there are other points of interest beside my girlfriend. And so I started to develop my own style of photography. I had acquired a second hand Minolta and I started to take pictures of famous buildings all over Europe. My favourite place was the Alhambra in South Spain. There was a real challenge over there, the Moorish influence in the architectural style required a whole different approach of photography. You see, the detail of those famous tiles and wood carvings on the walls are enormous, but the light is very dimmed. So, instead of just standing in front of the building and shooting a photo of the whole thing, I had to start looking for good compositions and work with long exposures. It turned out very well, I was amazed how good and saturated those picture were when the negatives were developed. That was the point when I said to myself, this is what photography is all about: you have to make a selection of what you want to show to the audience, and you must try to enhance the ambiance or atmosphere that is so unique in a given situation. I started to look at my surroundings with new eyes, looking for points of interest and special light opportunities to create something special. Before I started traveling I was sure that Holland had to be the most boring country in the world, flat, green and wet. But guess what, now that I have seen many places in this world and learned to look for the interesting details, I feel privileged to live in a country that still hold so many cultural, historical and artistic treasures.

Besides Europe I have been to the USA four times, seen Canada, Thailand, New Zealand and a lot of Islands. I have thousand of photos (analog) so you should all be glad that I can not post them (ha, ha..). My first digital camera was a Sony DSC-P120. An incredibly good camera for many, but I found out that it does a bit too much of image pre-processing in the camera. And although the pictures come out with vivid colours and incredible good contrast I found that to be a limitation if you want to use PS or PSP on the PC. Since a couple of months I have used a Canon EOS350D camera. I have the standard 18-55 mm lens and an extra 50-200 mm. I’ll tell you one secret; I was very disappointed in the beginning with the results. The cheaper Sony produced better images! Now I know better, the Sony does a lot of processing that the Canon allows you to do yourself on the PC. And that means I have complete control of the contrast, saturation etc. now. So in the end I am very happy with camera. The resolution is 8 mega pixels, which allows me to crop away what I don’t need and still have a decent image.

About Caedes, I found this side by accident on the internet. I was looking for photo sites and this one appealed to me immediately, because of the galleries and the discussions below the posted images. The variety of artists make this site interesting too, it’s like a whole community with artists of different backgrounds and styles joining here. It can only exist by the grace of tolerance and mutual respect between the members. That is what I like about Caedes. What I value most is when someone responds to an image, tells you something nice or maybe give you honest advice on how to improve.

If you ask me who has inspired me I would say that most of you do in a way. Because everyone makes a brilliant post sometime, that brings up an idea in me. What I like to shoot myself most of all (with the camera) is obvious: animals. There beauty and character is what I try to show to you all. I like photographing people too, but I find these shots do not really belong on this site, not many of us will use a photo of a person as a desktop wallpaper. My favourite personal shot is the King, the lion head with the black background. I received many comments on that one and I have the blown up photo hanging on the wall at home. Ok, that’s all I will tell you right now, for you and I must be running out of time, interest and patience by now. Please feel welcome to view my gallery, and if you have ideas, suggestions, requests or even bold critics, feel free to speak out loud. That’s what we Dutchies are good at and accustomed to anyway. Thanks for allowing me to be the first artist of the week.

- Paul Gerritsen


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11/01/05 10:39 PM GMT
Congratulations Paul.. Well deserved honors..
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One bead at a time
11/01/05 10:44 PM GMT
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! You really have a great talent and wonderful photos in your gallery. 1000000000000000 Congratulations, again!!!! :)
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11/01/05 10:48 PM GMT
Woot woot, good job Paul! I just looked through your gallery again, and I'm still amazed. =) Never fails. Congratulations!
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Hey guys...check out my Gallery! I would appreciate your comments and advice! =)
11/01/05 11:10 PM GMT
First, Paul, congratulations and I can't think of a better choice for our first featured artist. I read your bio and background with interest and am not at all surprised with your love of photgraphing animals. There is a definite sensitivity in the style in which you portray them. Absolutely amazing shots. I look forward to perusing your gallery for although I've commented on many, I know there must be absolute gems I've missed.
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We make a living by what we get; but we make a life by what we give.
11/01/05 11:28 PM GMT
I agree with alexis, I can't think of a better choice for our first contest winner either. Congratulations Paul, I don't think there's any image you've done that I could think of changing in any way, you're amazing and I think all the photographers here on Caedes could learn from you. I can always pick out one of your photos, out of a line with photos.. yours is most likely the one with the animal ^_^ lol but really, I'm an animal lover myself and I really do appreciate you sharing their beauty with us. Especially since I don't take many trips to zoo, I know I'm missing a lot :)
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AGHHHH!!! MY IMAGES KEEP GETTING DELETED!!! Doesn't this bother anyone else?!?! GRR
11/01/05 11:43 PM GMT
Congratulations, Paul - I look forward to viewing each new addition to your gallery.
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-userone- (Gallery)
11/01/05 11:49 PM GMT
Great job.
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11/02/05 12:05 AM GMT
Well deserved Paul, congratulations! Raises a virtual drink of your choice to the occasion;-)
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11/02/05 12:47 AM GMT
Congratulations Paul ! I just looked thru your gallery & I must agree, this is a well deserved honor. I can't wait to see future additions to your gallery.
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I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it by not dying ( Woody Allen )
11/02/05 12:50 AM GMT
Yes, a wonderful congrats, Paul!! You deserve it!! ;-)
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11/02/05 1:38 AM GMT
Congratulations, Paul. Well deserved - artist of the week. I'm quite pleased you were chosen. Have a great week!
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11/02/05 3:23 AM GMT
Hey Paul, Gelukwensen. Zeer welverdiend.

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You're invited to tour my gallery ••• º¹º¹ºº¹¹º¹¹º¹ºººº¹¹º¹ºººº¹¹º¹ººº
11/02/05 3:25 AM GMT
Just adding to the congratulatory remarks. It's nice getting to know a little bit more about the man behind the camera and the cute kids that are so often featured in your photographs, which often make me so jealous. Now seeing as how you're such a nice guy and you've been sweetened up by all the praise, how about finishing this 800 page book for me... :-P
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"Morals, like clothes, change with the fashions, or, perhaps the fashions change to adorn the morals." Florence Reed
11/02/05 4:44 AM GMT
May I add my congratualtions to your long list of admirers? I too read your bio with great interest as it tells me what drives you to shoot the images you share with us! My all-time favorite photo you have captured is the house surrounded by flowers. I have had that on my desktop many times and it never fails to draw praise from anyone who is visiting. You have a keen eye and a sharp wit and a love of animals and your country. I am humbled and proud to be in your presence on this site. Thank you so much :~)
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~ Mimi~
11/02/05 5:10 AM GMT
Props. :) What more is there to say? (that hasn't been said, he he)
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'I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.' -Churchill
11/02/05 7:45 AM GMT
Congratulations Paul, your gallery is exquisite. Thank you very mch for your extensive intro - it was good to learn about your beginnings with photography. I wish you all the best and although it is hard for me to imagine that I wish you new challenges and new things to learn, cause they make us progress.

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"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" Aristotle
11/02/05 7:45 AM GMT
Congratulations ! ! ! I love your work, is really inspiring.
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take a walk with me in Kimolos
11/02/05 8:26 AM GMT
I was reading your story, Paul and I must say it's almost identical to the mine, except I've 3 children and no dog... ;-)
Your contribution to the site is really great!
Also: thanks Sam for this idea!
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11/02/05 12:59 AM GMT
Congrats Paul and great to read of your life and travels.I love this new feature.A well deserves honor my friend.
Peace&Respect Jojo
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Laying Easy Somewhere Shade Across My Mind
11/02/05 1:28 PM GMT
I can’t think of a better person for this honour. You gave us an interesting read too Paul. Congratulations.
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There are three colours, Ten digits and seven notes, its what we do with them that’s important. Ruth Ross
11/02/05 2:22 PM GMT
Whooohooo!... Congrats!...
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Shizzle me Nizzle Ho! -Los Riffas-
11/02/05 3:09 PM GMT
Congratulations Paul.
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have a nice day and read more fantasy.
11/02/05 3:13 PM GMT
Must I always be the last one whenever some fiesta comes up ...?! LOL
Now seriously, for quite some time now you have become my favourite artist on Caedes so this is only natural that you should be the artist of the week, month and as far as I am concerned also the artist of 2006 [because there is not that much of 2005 left ...].
Congratulations and many thanks for the joy and delight that you have been giving us.
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With all my love and respect, Marzena
11/02/05 4:14 PM GMT
Congratulations, Paul! Your work "speaks" to us in so many ways. I often feel like I'm there, in the picture, rather than simply looking on. I always value you thoughtful comments as are clearly a valuable member of this community! Thanks for taking the time to share details of your life and your work! Congrats again for being the first "Artist of the Week!" It is a well deserved honor! Wen
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11/02/05 4:40 PM GMT
Well done Paul! *claps and cheers* :D
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PrettyFae x ...join me in the world of Vampire Freaks for all your goth and rock needs! >:[...
11/02/05 5:37 PM GMT
Hello Paul...and many many warm congratulations-type of bear hugs...even tho they are in thought only, if ya pretend real real hard then you can feel the care all the way across the sea.!! You are for sure very deserving of being the first ever 'Artist of the Week'...and I really enjoyed reading all about you. I love the variety of photos you have. There is never one that is dull or not enjoyed...always there is fun and tenderness and drama and many emotions that your photos awaken in me. Being an artist I need a lot of mental stimulation..and your wonderful beautiful photos have given me that. There is so much out there to take photos of and you make such wonderful use of that. I myself love just shooting most anything, then coming home to find the surpises on my computer from my lovely new digital..of course some surprises are not so good, but I get to toss those out and there is a great feeling of power there..hahaha..Paul, you have many many times brought me a smile by yur kind comments and your caring way. And now I am waiting for your visit to Oregon and the great Pacific Ocean. I hope one day we can meet and I can send yur photographic mind crazy with the fun there is here in this state I live in.(or is that a state of confusion? lol) To me, you are a really fun example of how much variety a person can find in photography. Of course what I happen to love MOST in your photo gallery are your many wonderful mushrooms!! You have taken me back to my childhood in Germany with those and reminded me of the fun I had when I was living near the North Sea and enjoying picking things in "the wild"...Your photos are just something I enjoy so very much...and your words as well, the many times you have commented to me about my own pictures, the help you've always been willing to give and the caring words you've given me when I've been like i lost hope due to my own health etc. Thank you my friend for being here and giving us a part of "you"......verena
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"It is not the language of the painters but the language of nature to which one had to listen."Vincent VanGogh
11/02/05 8:50 PM GMT
Great reading Paul. :) Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed it almost as much as I like some of your shots. ;)
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11/02/05 9:29 PM GMT
Wow, this is too good to be true!
To all of you: thank you so much, you are the best friends and supporters I can think of in this virtual world of Caedes!!
I'll do my best to personally adress each and everyone of you, but forgive me if I fail during the proces. Since yesterday alone I already received 26 subscriptions, not counting the subscriptions above!
As we say in Holland, BEDANKT EN TOT ZIENS!
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If you can't find the words, you may as well shoot it...
11/02/05 10:25 PM GMT
Congratulations on winning and becoming the first Artist of the Week!
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11/03/05 2:57 AM GMT
such amazing photos and such an interesting bio
thanks for sharing it with us and thanks for the photos too

well deserved
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do acts of random kindness and sensless beauty! - small ***gallery* ** for your enjoyment
11/03/05 7:18 AM GMT
A well deserved 1st Artist... congratulations Paul.. you truly deserve this... you have a wonderful talent and I have many of your images in my desktop folder... you bring out the depth and feelings in each of your photos whether its an animal or flower.. well done and I look forward to seeing many many more of your great work... (The lion was amazing.. loved it.. )
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"Life's like chocolate left in the sun... once it melts its gone"
11/03/05 1:20 PM GMT
I am standing by my computer now clapping. ; )
Congratulations on a well deserved honor. Your work is always top notch and I look forward to seeing more. It is also nice to get a little backstory on the person behind the posts.
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11/03/05 7:24 PM GMT
Hooray for an excellent choice in Artist of the Week...a hearty congratulations, Paul...the recognition is certainly well deserved...your gallery is outstanding in terms of both quality and diversity...everything from Bay Watch, an excellent pet portrait, to all your other fine animal shots, your florals, your humor, your clever manipulations, and everything in between has been a real pleasure to view...thank you for the insight you've given us and all the wonderful images you've are indeed an asset to the site and those of us still struggling to become better...Bravo !.:Pat.
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FEAR is a darkroom where negatives develop.
11/04/05 12:06 AM GMT
Congrats Paul. You truly deserve this honor!!
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"Little dreams cost the same as big dreams, so why not dream BIG"
11/05/05 5:28 PM GMT
Congrats and bottoms up! I love your work very much. You have a lot of soul in what you do and it shows everytime in your photos. :)
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11/05/05 10:39 PM GMT
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I invite you to take a close look at my gallery Click Here!
11/06/05 3:55 PM GMT
********** THANKS EVERYONE! *************

It's been quite a bussy week for me. I received about 70 subscriptions and p.m.'s this week and that is not including the great comments in this new item.
I have yet to respond to a lot you good friends for thanking everyone personally. Please be patient, I will address all of you.

Now, what I liked about this new artist of the week concept is of course all the positive attention my works received. Who could ask for more? But, maybe that was not what this concept was all about. I guess I did expect some more critics in the way of suggestions of how to improve my work or what you personally would like me to focus on i.e. what subjects of photography I should address and put more effort in.
Of course we all have our personal preferences, and that becomes very clear when I view the subscriptions. Some of you like the animals, some get crazy about mushrooms (maybe consumed one shroom too many) and others get very enthusiastic about black and white photography.
It made me realise once more what a multi cultural site Caedes is, and how impossible it is to please just everyone. But of course that's an utopin thought, we can't please everyone, for we have many different interests. But we all do have something in common: our love for photography and the creation of art, of wanting to share our experiences in this big world with the rest of that world. The reasons for submitting our work may differ for each individual, but we all hope to receive respect and a little affection form our Ceades mates.
And that makes me want to express once more what I have to many of you personally: Caedes can only exist if we all be tolerant and respectful for each each others work. The very work that is the most personal and creative expresion of the human mind that we can hope to share. I don't believe that hiding behind an artistic pseudo name will reduce the hurt that we feel when our work receives bad critics, or worse NO COMMENTS AT ALL.
Think about that and lets especially support those among us who are not voted artist of the week.
They need and deserve the attention probably more than I do!
Thanks everyone and I wish our next artist of the week a very good time!
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If you can't find the words, you may as well shoot it...
11/07/05 12:01 AM GMT
Absolutley. Bring on more "AI"
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When you bursting @ the seems to say something this is the best time to shut up.
11/07/05 12:25 AM GMT
I knew there was a reason why, over the years, I have downloaded more of Paul's works than anyone else's.Congratualtions on a well-deserved honor.
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When I'm in my right mind, my left mind echoes.
11/07/05 7:52 PM GMT
Hi Paul...a bit late but better then deserve it.
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"pleasure in life you get by giving". You are welcom to visit my gallery
11/08/05 12:31 AM GMT
Congratulations Paul...even though I am incredibly late.
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'Study the past, if you would divine the future.' - Confucius
11/08/05 4:27 AM GMT
BRAVO Paul,well deserved honour........Jim

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete,
everbody will respect you.
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11/09/05 1:44 AM GMT
Bravo Paul! Have a very nice week ;-))!
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11/09/05 11:21 PM GMT
congrats :o)
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"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away." ~Eudora Welty~
11/10/05 1:12 AM GMT
Better later than never! Many, many congratulations! You absolutely deserve it, your works are outstanding! :)))

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11/19/05 7:11 PM GMT
Congratulations Paul.....It is pictures like yours that keep me going on this great hobby of ours........All the best mate....Mick
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11/19/05 8:16 PM GMT
Adding my congratulations as well. I appreciate the variety of ideas you cover in your photography. Never know what's coming next. That's a good thing.
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When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance... Leanne Womack
12/03/05 5:30 PM GMT
Hi Paul - here´s my late* congratulations to the first artist of the week title. An easy choice after looking in your gallery - high quality and a great variety in subjects ! Well deseved !
-- Arne --

*have not been active here for more than a month
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12/31/05 11:25 AM GMT
I've been off-site too long, sorry for my lateness in saying CONGRATULATIONS! :) I love your work!
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12/12/08 10:25 PM GMT
A very much deserved honor, You do some very good work Paul
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Just a photographer no artist, I capture what I see :)

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