Klaas Goethals Photography

Impressions of Taxco

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 29/12/2010

Last sunday, we went to Taxco, a little town in the mountains of the state of ‘Guerrero’. Taxco is famous for it’s silver. Fifty years ago they closed the mines, but the town remained the number one of Mexico concerning buying and selling silver. Therefore, you can still buy it there really cheap (for example: I bought a silver ring, with inscription, for 200 pesos = 12 euro). Anyway, I had my Minolta with me, loaded a Fuji Neopan 400, and started shooting. Some impressions:


























Enjoy!


Klaas

Sunday morning

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 24/12/2010

Sunday morning usually means getting up early to go and take photo’s with my Mexican dad, normally landscapes. I am not really a landscape shooter, maybe that has to do something as well with the fact that I’m not that good at it, but I’m practicing quite a lot here in Mexico. We visit some great, little, typical towns in the neighbourhood of Toluca then, and end with a ‘beer breakfast’: Barbacoa (a delicious Mexican type of meat) and a good, fresh beer. I love sunday mornings!


Here are some photo’s from two weeks ago, the landscapes are digital, the images I shot in the village are analog (Fujfilm Neopan 400 in Kodak HC110).





























Enjoy!


Klaas

La Casa Hogar

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 20/12/2010

Today I finished the digital version of my serie about the Casa Hogar, an orphanage here in Toluca. That means I finished scanning my negatives, and that I’m getting started tomorrow printing the photos in the dark room. I want to be ready before christmas, so that I can give the photos to the girls as some kind of a christmas present.


Although I have over 250 negatives, I reduced the number of photos to 50. I know that the images aren’t always perfect, but still I feel that this serie is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever done with photos. I went to that orphanage several days a week, I lived together with those girls, I helped them with their homework, and so much more. I experienced how they are inocent, but as well how they are happy. I spent days and days developping, scanning, and will spend even more days printing the upcoming weeks. Therefore, this serie is more than just a bunch of photos. It carries something that’s mine, more than any photo I have ever made in my life. I hope you keep that in mind while watching it.

























You can find the whole serie here


Enjoy!


Klaas

Jezus is everywhere

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 16/12/2010

While I’m still working on my serie about the ‘Casa Hogar’ – an orphanatory here in Toluca, I’m posting some pictures I took a few months ago. I have so many photos I want to show you, that I’ll try to post some each day. These two pictures actually mean a lot to me. They say so much about Mexico, for me – like in the saying – they say ‘more than a thousand words’. That’s the power of photos I guess. This country is so beautiful, so special to me, that you see possible photos everywhere. That’s why I’m always lugging around a camera.


I took this photos in the bus – I can’t imagine I would see something similar in a Belgian bus. These things are common for Mexicans, the fact that bus drivers decorate their busses, often with katholic images. But for us, for me, for almost every foreigner, it’s something that immediately draws attention. Now that I’ve lived here for four months, I sometimes start seeing those things as normal as well. Until I watch this photos, and realise how I felt when I took them. How I was so surprised, so overwhelmed by this country, the most beautiful place in the whole world.


Kodak Xti 400 in Kodak HC110








Enjoy!


Klaas

Juvencio Larrañaga

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 15/12/2010

Some quick snaps from my ‘Mexican dad’, who is a photographer as well (owns a photo studio in Toluca, the town where I’m living in Mexico). We have two houses, and someone is going to rent the first floor of one of the two, to start a clothing store. Therefore, we’re moving a lot of te stuff we kept downstairs to the upper floor. It was quite messy there, and while eating we started joking and I decided to take photos of the ‘big master Larrañaga’ in his natural habitat. The two of us get along really well, and he taught me a lot of things about photography during my stay here in Mexico.


Fuji Neopan 400 in Kodak HC110











Enjoy!


Klaas

La Virgen de Guadalupe

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 14/12/2010

Yesterday was the day of ‘La Virgen De Guadalupe’, a typical Mexican saint. It is quite interesting to see how the ancient Mexican and Spanish culture ‘mixed’ during the colonial period. That’s the reason why we in Belgium, or in whatever country in Europe don’t celebrate this lady, although she is a catholic saint. It depends from town to town wich saint they celebrate, and because yesterday was the day of the Virgen, we decided to go to a little town close to Toluca, where we arrived at 8 o’clock in the morning. Almost everybody was gathered in the church, where a mas took place to bless there images of ‘La Virgen’.


Anyway, some photos:


Fuji Neopan 400 in Kodak HC110




























I’ll put the whole serie online later, in an album.


Enjoy!


Klaas

El Mundo del Niño Mexicano

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 13/12/2010

Let’s get started with a serie of photo’s I made the past four months, focussing on the Mexican kids. In my opinion, it’s a quite complete overview of how the Mexican children that belong to the poor half of this society live…
































Enjoy!


Klaas

First post

Posted in Uncategorized by klaasgoethals on 13/12/2010

Welcome to my photoblog,

Since you’re visiting this page, I suppose that you are related to or interested in photography, and hopefully as well in my work. My name is Klaas Goethals, born and raised in Meise, Belgium. I’m 18 years old and am currently living in Toluca, Mexico. Therefore you will only find photo’s made in Mexico until juin on this blog. I want to show you my point of vue on the world. My photographic interests especially lie in documentary and ‘reportage’ photography, and I consider Mexico to be one of the best countries in the world to practise my skills in that photographic discipline.

On this blog, I want to show you, dear visitor, not only my best work, but also the photo’s that do something to me. The photo’s that are important for me. Almost every photo that I’ll post on this blog, will be analog, most of the time taken with ASA 400 film, black and white, developped and printed myself.

I won’t write a lot (for the people who want to follow my Mexican adventures: http://klaasinmexico.blogspot.com, this website is in Dutch though and isn’t up to date at all, which reminds me that I should write something again), this website is my view on my world through the viewfinder of my camera, not through my ‘digital’ pen.

I hope you enjoy my work, reactions are always welcome,

Klaas Goethals

You can find the complete series on http://www.klaasgoethals.be