The art directors idea was to do a portrait based on a classical Greek statue or bust.
Working on that idea, I thought it would be great to do it all in the shot, without digitally altering afterwards. The preparations:
By using a black shirt on a black background, we created the oval shape around the chest. This shape defines the bust portraits.
The second option was the portrayed wearing a Greek chiton.
The result in the publication (next to some smaller inserts):
Some out takes of the shoot with Bugra Gedik, student University of Amsterdam and appointed Campus Poet.
For a while now the University of Amsterdams Maagdenhuis has been occupied by UvA students and activists. The university-wide movement acts under joint name De Nieuwe Universiteit (The New University) and strives for more democracy in the UvA administration (among other demands).
This april, the six week occupation comes to an end. I was there to portray the occupants for Folia Magazine.
Besides the group, I also took them apart. Holding hands together to capture the unity.
And in the publication, Folia Magazine cover 25th of april:
The model life is not always that glamorous.
> see the item at: Pauw – Gemist
Capturing scholars or research in an image can be a challenge, due to the high level of abstractness. Focusing on the persons themselves is always worth it and inspirational.
The photography in the publication (click for bigger image):
The Amsterdam Museum (Amsterdam Historic Museum) recently put the Marokkaanse Boot, a Moroccan themed boat at Amsterdam Gay Pride, on display in the museums recent history section.
Shown are the costumes of the Boot participants by Dutch designer Corné Gabriëls. The museum went to me for images, since I documented the Marokkaanse Boot during Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014 fairly well.
I think it is great that the museum recognizes this topic -gay rights- and is proud of it’s role in Amsterdam history.
They choose this image, showing the Marokkaanse boot during Amsterdam Pride 2014 canal parade.
For the New Scientist, Dutch edition, I was working on the new April 2015 issue. Featuring the scientific approach on running and exercising. Dolf Jansen, Dutch comedian and tv-presenter, and avid marathon runner was asked to do a test at the Asics Running Lab and tell about his training experiences as the main story.
It was the first time I got assigned by New Scientist and thrilled to start off immediately with the cover.
The oxygen mask did very well in the image, resulting in a scientific, clinical look and feel. To gain cover exposure, they finally went for the mix of a more visible (well-known) face, the mask and physical strain.
Oh, and i got interviewed about the cover shoot too:
After sitting in front a of Retina, or High-DPI monitor for a while now I had concerns about how non-optimized images were displayed. From a photographers standpoint, you want to have your images shown the best way available.
For non Retina users, this it what how non-optimized images (or probably better said websites) look on a Retina screen:
Right now I am making a slow move towards a full optimized website. Starting with the blog section, which is Retina ready at the moment.
One note about Retina; once you are in, you never want to get back. Text, graphics, the overall experience, it is so much better. On-screen images on the other hand, i am not really convinced. Optimized imagery looks painstakingly sharp, very digital, very clinical. It has a huge influence on the look and feel of an image. I don’t know the exact figures, but given the fact that media consumption on the web is on the rise (and print is in decline), High-DPI monitors are probably the biggest change in how the viewer perceives photography since the transition from analogue to digital.