The Saturday Ritual

Every Saturday most people in Europe have nearly the same ritual, wake up a bit late, take a breakfast and doing shopping. Leiden offers every Saturday one of the most visited market in the Netherlands. Surrounded by a beautiful old city the market get it own value in the eyes of visitors, which is not only buyers but also tourist as well. This market is well zoned according to what they sell. There are vegetables zone, fish zone, bread etc….With the day the market gets more crowded. I tried my best to make a documentation about it, but hey not every photograph should be styled in a clean manner according art. I saw some photographs of a well know Magnum photographer which in our eyes is “ordinary” not that stylish as those old photographs of this photographer. It is more a personal documentation.

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60 Responses to “The Saturday Ritual”

  1. Hartati Nurwijaya Says:

    I like the one in a coffee shop, the foto shows plenty people in crowded. Even there is a white vase (?) in front on focus.
    Good shoot.

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Mbak Tati thanks again for spending your time to take a look on my images and leaving a comment…

  2. Agus Putu Pranayoga Says:

    woooww.. nice composition, nice moment, nice exposure !! love to see your pics!!

  3. angga Says:

    wow.. i like it!
    hope i be there soon.. πŸ™‚
    nice shot! well done..

  4. Baskoro Wardono Says:

    Jos … Sari .. . no comment … nice shots … nice moments … i wish that i can do it here … people here still don’t like to be captured as it is … they’d like to be “celebrity on red carpet” …

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      It depends on the mindset of people how they “see” and this is no different in how they take picture or see a picture. I am experimenting with every kind of movements in photography to find out what I like best. To me photojournalism is as what it is….

      Thanks for always taking time to visit, look and leaving a comment on our Blog Bas!

  5. Johan T Says:

    I always like architectural photos, and a portrait of daily city life like this. They make my imagination wander to many places.
    Keep up the good job.

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Thanks Pak Johan, sometimes presenting a city as it is and not only the glamorous side of the city or presenting in a unstylized way, would give a good impression of the place…..

  6. christopher butts Says:

    These images truly captivate the culture and atmosphere!

    You can feel what the people feel while in the market.

    The photography is rich and compels you to want to be a part of the scene.


    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Hi Christopher, thanks for spending your time to visit our blog and leaving an encouraging comment.

  7. Carl Merkin Says:

    A great picture story…..I could almost smell the bread and hear the gulls.
    Best regards.

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Thanks a lot Carl, those gulls are funny if you observe their behavior every day. Sari likes them very much. Leiden is a small city and very relaxing…small old street, small shops, traditional markets, owner of shops knowing each other…really nice to live. Success with your exhibition in NY!

  8. Ali Santoso Says:

    aohh….its nice photos….I like the moment that has shooted…:))

    it was very nature and life goes as simple as that….and you have a great job to captured those moment….

    I love it ..:))

  9. kidi Says:

    salam kenal mas…poto2 anda mantap, alami…

  10. Suhadi Says:

    Jos & Sari, very nice shots …..nice moments, I like all your shots it’s tell the story about the Saturday Ritual. Great! Have a nice day

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Suhadi,

      thanks very much for spending your time always on our blog and making comments on our images. We love to share habbits and cultural life in a far country to our audience especially from Indonesia. Have a nice day too and greeting to your family from us.

      Jos & Sari

  11. Rizki Beo Says:

    Great shots……
    The Black and White version is good, and the other is colorful.

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Rizki,

      thanks always for your visit and comments. I saw your work too and all of the are great! A truly specialist in composing in macro photography…….



  12. p. ardoko Says:

    you’ve got what you’ve seen in a “fairy tales” art of painting not just as photojurnalist as does. Your pictures tell us more than just “ritual”, there was the touch of humanity in art of light painting…….keep on work pak, tell us more as they are (ordinary principal)

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Mr Purwo,

      thanks for your kind of comment and the time you spend to take a look on our postings. At last we tried to capture the very normal thing people does and not always the glamorous side of life. Thanks for all encouraging comments.

      best regards,

      Jos Runarka

  13. gΓ©rard Tournebize Says:

    I really liked the contrast color tones of image quality I like the composition too

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Gerard,

      thanks for your time visiting our blog and leaving the encouraging comment……

      best regards,


  14. MRK Palash Says:

    ur composition & transferring b/w precessed is so nice.Im a photojournalism student,so i need to find out a in depth story.I like to see emotion or personal filling,i hope u will show it ur next of luck & go ahead.

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Palash,

      thanks for spending your time seeing and leaving a comment. I appreciate your suggestion, but due to time limit it is difficult to go in a in-depth story picture series. Since I never had the chance to take a study in photojournalism, it is a bit “learning by doing” what I do here. So your input are valuable to me. I have a project that will show what you mentioned above, all images are already made in my mind, just to go and press the shutter to deliver a series of picture which I hope will touch my audience. I know the subject very well.

      Best luck to you too.

      best regards,

      Jos Runarka

  15. Emi Parman Says:

    Very nice!! Saturday market has always been something we longed for, especially now, when we’re so far away from those nice fresh veggies and such beautiful and colorfull flowers..!!

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Thanks Emi,

      yes even nowadays kids doesn’t know where milk come from. They thought it, it came from the supermarket. Seriously!

  16. Christopher Chen Says:

    Nice pictures and thanks so much for sharing them with me.

    I love the style in which they were taken, it really makes the viewer feel as if he’s there. My favorites are the first picture and that shot of the coffee table against the window front of the pastry shop.

    Great pictures!


  17. Rita Oliveira Says:

    Beautiful street market and very good photos. I loved it!

  18. HarTantyo Says:

    An interesting photo concept … good point of interest ! Nice pictures, Tantyo

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Mr HarTantyo,

      nice to see your visiting our blog again. Thanks for the comments and time you spend for visiting our blog.

      Jos Runarka

  19. Markus Mueller Says:

    very nice photo series. They really captured the mood of situation you described above. The black and white’s are the most I like. Well done!

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Thanks Markus for your visit and comments. I made those images for two kind of audience, the B&W lovers and for people who like color πŸ™‚

  20. Januartha Says:

    Great pic, great focus and composition. actually I love bw series. well done

  21. Jonathan Arifin Says:

    I like it, especially for the black and white photos….great job…

  22. Pratiwi Setyaningrum Says:

    hoooo I envy that cheeeeeessseeeeeee hihihi looked so tasty, mas Jos!
    I like this story and pics! thank you ^_^

  23. Patrick Says:

    Tolle Serie Josh. Die Schaerfe der Bilder ist Leica like πŸ™‚ Du solltest dort oefter fotografieren !

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Vielen Dank Patrick! Wir wollen naechste Wochen nach Houten fahren. Am Sonntag 28.03.2010 gibt es eine Messe ueber alte Kameras, die groesste Europas. Dannach fahren wir nach Amsterdam. Wir hoffen interesannte dingen zu sehen bekommen πŸ™‚

  24. Tim Says:

    Fantastic scenery! I like how every picture looks so lively even the black and white ones.

  25. Silvano Says:

    Beautiful images of real life with beautiful atmosfere.I like this kind of photos, my compliments!!!!

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Silvano Grenzi,

      many thanks for you visit and leaving this encouraging comment!!!

      best regards,

      Jos Runarka

  26. Katrin Says:

    great pictures taken jos…trial a new lens? is it long focus/telephoto lens?

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      thanks Katrin! Its my old normal lens πŸ˜‰ on my Leica M8 due to the crop factor becomes a “tele” 70mm…..

  27. July Says:

    Bagus……mungkin perlu ditambah gambaran yang lebih menyeluruh atau dari posisi yang lebih tinggi dan jauh.

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Terima kasih Pak July, pengambilan pasar dari “atas” kurang memungkinkan saat ini, karena tidak ada lokasi tinggi di Leiden. Topologinya boleh dikata hampir rata. Gedung2 tuanya juga tidak dapat dimasuki…Satu-satunya cara hanya naik balon udara, tapi itu juga tidak ada…..

  28. Manfred Jochum Says:

    Very nice series,l I like those streets showing everyday life.
    My favourite is “uitverkoop” πŸ™‚

    • Jos Runarka Says:

      Dear Manfred,

      many thanks for spending your time looking at this “normal” shoot of mine, and not that stylized one. It is what it is……

      best regards,

      Jos Runarka

  29. Indira Kaviratna Says:

    I feel that i would like to walk in one of your pictures… They make me feel included. You managed to capture the atmosphere. Very nice.

  30. Argiris Zafeiridis Says:

    Really great work. A detailed documentary of the daily activities. Keep it up.

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