Greywill, aka William (Bill) H. Vanden Born

The website offers several different collections of material. Bold text in red indicates a link to another page. Click here for an outline of the site’s content or for a much more detailed listing.

  1. The Vanden Born family history and photos (password-protected). If you are interested in seeing these, please contact me. As of March 2020, these pages include links to photo books I prepared for my parents and grandparents as well as for Dixie and me and for each of our children, from their time of birth to 2019.
  1. Photos and text that describe my ancestry and my life history. Included are photos that illustrate my wife Dixie’s ancestry and the life of her mother, Harriet Wierenga (see item 4 below). Click here or on ‘About’ on the menu bar.
    On 1 August 2022 I added transcripts of a series of videotaped interviews of Dixie and me by our son Mark. The two files can be viewed via links on the (password-protected) family history page.
  1. Memorial information for four of my brothers (George, JohnJ, John, Wilco), a sister (Bertha), a sister-in-law (Sophie), a brother-in-law (Herman), and a second brother-in-law (Peter) who are no longer living. Click here for the page with links to photographs and other items for each of them. Peter was the most recent addition to this list; he died on 20 January 2023 in Adelaide, Australia. Click on Peter Wierenga to see a collection of photos. An additional series of photos, obtained from Peter’s family, is in an album on Google photos.
  1. A separate page is dedicated to the memory of Dixie’s mother, Harriet Wierenga, who died 23 August 2017, aged 101. Click here or under the ‘Other albums’ tab on the menu bar to go to her page.
  1. A large collection of my photographs, of a wide range of subjects, including images I have entered in camera club photo competitions. Scroll down the page for some representative photo galleries or use the menu bar above to go where you want.
  1. In 2019 and 2020 I put together printed collections of about 2000 of my photographs in the form of photo books, current versions of the classic photo album. One such photo book is In Black and White and contains about 200 black and white images, mostly three or four per page. Links to page layouts from a total of twelve books are listed on the page Photo Books 2020.
  1. More recently (March 2021) I selected about 550 images from my collection that might benefit from conversion from colour to black and white. They represent a wide variety of subject matter, and now are all changed to black and white. They are arranged in 18 separate albums, and can be viewed via this link to the album list.
  1. In April 2021 I used digital distortion filters to make about 275 semi-abstract images, from 134 originals. The images are arranged in 12 separate galleries, in Twists and Turns album 1. In a second series I did the same thing with a further 78 images. The results of that fun project are in Twists and Turns album 2 (composites of 3 or 4 images) and Twists and Turns album 3 (single images).
  1. In March 2022 I used about 75 original image files to compose symmetrical images, by copying one half of the image, flipping it horizontally, and then reinserting it. The resulting images are on a Symmetrical Images page. More recently I used an additional number of images, of buildings and other structures, landscapes, animals, and flowers, to construct symmetrical images. Click on Symmetricals 2022 Volume 1 or Volume 2 to view the images.
  1. Photo collections from travel to many different places, by Dixie and me or with one or more of our children. Several of the trips included my sister Bertha and her husband Bill or my brother Wilco and his wife Audrey. The linked page includes further links to diaries I kept for many of the trips.
William H. Vanden Born
March 2023

Eight photo galleries

The images below are linked to eight representative photo galleries that illustrate my efforts at creative photography, for your viewing pleasure. To go directly to the larger collection of galleries, click on ‘Photo art 1’ or ‘Photo art 2’ on the menu bar.