Nuit Blanche {Amsterdam}

Attended the 2012 Nuit Blanche arts & culture event held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on the evening of June 16. A beautiful summer night out exploring this great city and searching unique events in interesting venues. Throughout the night we took in a wide variety of art exhibits, music, live performances, and sampled exotic culinary delights. The night began at the floating pagoda style Sea Palace for supper, live music, dance performance, and a fashion show. At het Ruyterhuis a tattoo artist demonstrated his inking skills on a pigs head.

After searching a series of small streets near the Rokin, we finally locate Brakke Grond. A Belgian arts & culture centre where Lucha Libre style wrestling is about to begin. The shows begins and after a while the smell of Belgian fries and sweat prevails. The crowd screams as they are edged on by a taunting wrestler. After a few matches we head into the red light district where we visit the Bethanienklooster, a former 15th century monastary. In the dark space, a bearded man sits meditating and confined in a box as odd sounds ring throughout the vaulted space. To end the night we cross a few canal bridges towards the Oude Kerk where we hear the sounds of Red Light Radio playing. In the inner courtyard a bbq with homemade beer is served until noise complaints close the place down. We call it a night and head back to the houseboat.

R.I.P. Andrew MacNaughtan

I was shocked and saddened to hear that Canadian photographer Andrew MacNaughtan passed away while in L.A. on a shoot with legendary rock band RUSH. Andrew was the official photographer of RUSH drummer Neil Peart and a photo contact while I was Design Manager with Sabian Cymbals. I was often in touch with Andrew when in need of Neil Peart images for upcoming Sabian advertisements and he photographed our "What's Your Sound?" campaign. MacNaughtan was only 47 years old and a rising star of the rock 'n' roll photography world. R.I.P. Andrew, your images live on forever.

http://www.andrewmacnaughtan.com/