This year, my best photograph is not a photograph. It is a painting. Last month I shot a video of an illustrator making a Christmas card. The video is in Dutch but it has English subtitles. Stephanie talks about her drawing techniques. It was a fun project to do. During the holiday season I have … Continue reading “Best photograph of 2018”
Together with this writer I put into words my life mechanism during a conversation in the kitchen. Of course I kind of knew this before, but it was never this clear to me without the words. Apparently I have something against consumerism. In order for me to enjoy something I need to have the idea … Continue reading “My life mechanism”
The actual demise of consumer society might be far from now, but I wanted to make a small series of photographs on that concept. It has turned out quite literal. Reflecting on the photographs as a whole (just now) I think it might be better to focus on what you want rather than on what … Continue reading “Destroying consumer society”
Some weeks ago I shot a small series of landscape photographs themed “Nightlife / when everybody sleeps”, while it was cold in the Netherlands, water was frozen. To emphasize the emptiness I shot the landscape series day for night, without any light sources and people in the frame. Day for night means you shoot during … Continue reading “Nightlife / when everybody sleeps”
Last thursday my class and I had our exam of period 1 in our second year. For me it was a big flashback to period 1 of year 1 at the Fotoacademie… Right down to the tl;dr;… tl;dr;: I passed with no extra tasks. Feedback for me remains largely the same. Pointers to take away … Continue reading “Fotoacademie second year period 1 exam”
Recently photographer Eli Dijkers contacted me with some questions about the Pentax 645D I own. Naturally I invited him to dinner to talk photography and art. Eli Dijkers graduated from the Fotoacademie in 2012, he is now making some beautiful work and exhibiting too. During our conversation he mentioned that my landscape photographs looked a … Continue reading “Maybe I am a landscape photographer”
Until now this year has been a bit disappointing photography-wise. I feel I gradually went off-track. Of course Nicolien and I got married and bought a house this spring which we only now finished fixing up but I don’t want to use any pretexts. I think I put too much effort in photographing how it … Continue reading “My best photograph of 2016”
While it has been quiet on the blog front, I have been shooting some photographs. My main goal lately has been to simplify things. Focusing on one message in the photograph, one feeling or emotion, and keep the image free from distracting elements. These are two photographs that I like.
A couple of days ago photographers Tessa Beurskens, Marieta Landkroon and me were at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam shooting street portraits with a large format camera. The portraits are inspired by Avedon. We fixed a sheet with gaffer tape to a secluded wall so as to have a white background. We took turns scouting subjects, … Continue reading “Street portraits with large format camera”
After the summer break, fixing up our house and moving into it, I’m kickstarting photography again. To my surprise this makes me feel like one of those flies frantically trying to exit the room through a glass window while the door next to it is wide open. With series like Human males in contemporary society … Continue reading “Looking for substance”
My series entitled The speed of time was maybe a bit lacking in communicating the timelessness of the moment captured within. I have remixed some of the photographs by toning them differently. What do you think?