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#4 bath

I started a 365 project in 2009, without even thinking about it. I took an iPhone photo a day for one year. When the project ended, I started something new; but without any outside pressure, my work on that project quickly stopped- as soon as I got too busy with other things. So, in 2011, 8 months after I finished the first 365 project, I started with a new iPhone365 project. I missed the constant flow and pressure, even though they drove me nuts at times as well. This time I chose to be strict about the photos; I chose a few themes and a consequent look.

I finished that second iPhone365 in january of 2012, and another 8 months afterwards I thought about what these projects had done for me.

In the first project I intended to reset myself; to experiment again, to really focus on the image rather than the technical aspects of the camera. Somewhere along the way I started taking street photos. First with the iPhone, then with my 'normal' camera. The first project really helped me refocus, reset, so to say, and brought me a new subject; street photography.

When I started my second 365, I planned to take as many portraits as possible- a challenge for me as I was pretty much not a portrait photographer at the time. Whenever I met with someone I asked them if I could take their portrait. This included the dentist, another health care specialist and some of my clients. To my surprise every single one of them said yes. Apparently size does matter. If I didn't take a street photo or a portrait, it had to at least be an image that represented my day. I am actually focussing on portrait photography a lot more since I started that second 365.

That '8 months after the end of my second 365' retrospect is now. Apparently that's the amount of "free time" I get before I become restless and feel like I need a new project.. So, I started a new project. I like to draw and I have many ideas for other projects but usually those ideas just exist in my head (or they are forgotten scratches in a notebook, or they just disappear altogether) and I don't draw often enough to be able to refine that skill. So, this new project will focus on drawings and other things; on creating something on a daily basis.

#7 somewhere

Interested in those creations? Check for the daily stuff, or for drawings only. I am still a photographer and I don't have a particular style in drawing, so don't take it too seriously, I won't either. Except for the part where I have to create something every day, of course.


For a long time now I have been thinking about making a new darkroom. It would be quite the project though; our house doesn't have a practical space to make one. We would really have to build something to make a light-tight space. Besides this, I had already thrown out all my darkroom stuff years ago, so I'd have to start from scratch.But, the idea remained and grew stronger..

At this very moment, a door is being fixed; the walls have been built and placed already. It won't be long now. I can't wait.

Polaroids, the first one: original Polaroid film, TZ-Artistic, expired; I opened it up to stop the development and you can see some damage in the emulsion from this. Second and third photos: Impossible film, PX70 ff; old film as well actually; first generation (first flush) color film for the SX-70.

amaloco, ilford chemie, schalen

Amaloco & Ilford chemicals, trays, development tank

durst spoelbak

Durst sink

kaiser vpm6005

Kaiser enlarger

Kunstfietsroute at IJsbaan de Bosbaan

The kunstfietsroute event is over! If you've missed it, here are some (analog) shots of my work on location as well as work by Paul de Kort- in the water.The work I made is now visible in the people gallery.

kunstfietsroute ijsbaan de bosbaan werk valerie ardini

Two of my photos outside

kunstfietsroute ijsbaan de bosbaan werk valerie ardini

Photos inside

kunstfietsroute ijsbaan de bosbaan

IJsbaan de Bosbaan

kunstfietsroute ijsbaan de bosbaan werk paul de kort

'Aggregates' by Paul de Kort

art project kunstfietsroute

All the work is done.. come and take a look!June 8th, 9th and 10th, more information:

valerie retoucheert foto

My work will be exhibited at location 8, IJsbaan de Bosbaan, Okkenbroek.

(image above: the final touches- I am retouching one of my- analog, thus the physical brush- prints.)

Kunstfietsroute Okkenbroek 2012: art, theater and music

On june 8th, 9th and 10th the 'Kunstfietsroute Okkenbroek 2012'- a cycling route with various locations with art, theater and music- takes place. I will exhibit work here as well. You are hereby cordially invited! For more info, check this website: (the website is Dutch, though)


Diekerhookse Mölle 'de Hegeman' (1 of the locations)

Odapark march 25th




nature photography by phone


Kees Verbeek in conversation with: Valerie Ardini and Ton Ensing, 2 photographers from LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH... and Peter Janssen, journalist & iPhoneographer

In collaboration with Peter Janssen Odapark selected 13 international photographers, many of which made new work for this occasion. It’s the first time these artists jointly exhibit, inspired by an environment that is determined by nature Participating artists: Valerie Ardini (NL), Daniel Berman (CA), Ton Ensing (NL), Bryce Fauble (US), Souichi Furusho (JP), Dixon Hamby (PA), Robert-Paul Jansen (NL), Steve John (UK), Greg Louderman (US), Jordi V. Pou (ES), Stephanie Calabrese Roberts (US), Andy Royston (US), Jesse Wright (US).

ODAPARK Center for Contemporary Art Merseloseweg 117 5801 cc Venray

open tuesdays - sundays 11.00 - 17.00 uur


valerie ardini - odapark - 50m

From march 4th - may 1st I will be participating in the exhibition 'Love the one you're with at Odapark, Venray.

Participating artists: Valerie Ardini (NL) / Daniel Berman (CA) / Ton Ensing (NL) / Bryce Fauble (UK) / Souichi Furusho (JP) / Dixon Hamby (PA) / Robert-Paul Jansen (NL) / Steve John (UK) / Greg Louderman (US) / Jordi V. Pou (ES) / Stephanie C. Roberts (US) / Andy Royston (US) / Jesse Wright (US)