Gewoon Koffie (Just coffee)
Just Coffee ("Gewoon Koffie" in Dutch)
In 2015 I photographed the traditional coffeehouses of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (not to be mistaken for the places where you buy marihuana!). These coffeehouses used to be inseparable with the lifestyle of the city. But a new generation of coffee drinkers prefers hip boutiques and exotic coffee drinks. Many coffeehouses had to close their doors in the past years, only eleven are left. How long will it be before this tradition completely disappears?
The photographs are shot on film and printed in a traditional darkroom. Instead of using regular photo development, I created a unique technique using coffee from the actual coffeehouses to develop the images. The coffee stained the paper and gave the photographs a unique character.