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    I spent a full day in Schorem barber shop in Rotterdam. I'd seen photos of the place but I'd never been in there myself. From outside the place l… Read More
    I spent a full day in Schorem barber shop in Rotterdam. I'd seen photos of the place but I'd never been in there myself. From outside the place looks relatively calm, but when you open the door and step inside the energy and atmosphere washes over you. There's so much noise and activity in there, mixed with loud music and conversations over beer or coffee. It was a relatively quiet day when I was there: the waiting time was only about 3 hours! On a busy Saturday the shop opens at 11am, and if you're not outside at 9am to queue, you're not going to be getting your hair cut that day! I was speaking to the customers and some where regulars, some where 1st timers. They didn't mind the waiting time at all. It's a chance to chill out, drink a beer and meet like minded folk. I asked one of the waiting customers "what are you getting done to your hair", he replied "I don't know, leave it up to the barbers, I trust their judgement. They're not just barbers, they're artists". And so it went, I spend the day running around shooting photos from all different angles; avoiding reflections of myself in mirrors, always looking for that shot that nobody had taken before; standing on chairs to get high angles, and sitting on the floor amongst freshly cut hair. By the end of the day I was done! Totally! But it felt good. Barber shop culture is more than just a job or a place to get your hair cut. It's a lifestyle. Oh by the way, no girls allowed in the shop, it's a men only place, well apart from the pinups in the toilet walls! Read Less
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