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Editorial Portrait: Jan Drost for Folia Magazine

For Folia Magazine, a publication of the University of Amsterdam, I did a an editorial portrait of Jan Drost, Dutch philosopher and author.

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 Netherlands, Amsterdam, 27 May 2015. Portrait Jan Drost, Dutch author and philosopher, docent at Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 27 mei 2015. Portret Jan Drost, auteur en filosoof, docent aan de Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA). Concept; greek, classical world, bust, statute, philosophy. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Jan Drost, philosopher and author
May 2015, Bram Belloni for Folia Magazine

 

The second option was the portrayed wearing a Greek chiton.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 27 May 2015. Portrait Jan Drost, Dutch author and philosopher, docent at Hogeschool van Amsterdam. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 27 mei 2015. Portret Jan Drost, auteur en filosoof, docent aan de Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA). Concept; greek, classical world, bust, statute, philosophy. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Jan Drost, philosopher and author
May 2015, Bram Belloni for Folia Magazine

 

The result in the publication (next to some smaller inserts):

Tearsheet Folia 29/2015, editorial photography Bram Belloni

Tearsheet Folia 29/2015, editorial photography Bram Belloni
(click for bigger image)

 

> art direction: Vruchtvlees
> read more about: Folia Magazine 29/2015
> read more about: Jan Drost


Visual Diary #027 – Out takes Portrait Bugra Gedik

Some out takes of the shoot with Bugra Gedik, student University of Amsterdam and appointed Campus Poet.

First spring day; time to brush off the garden set up. #editorialphotography #todaysoffice #spring #lente

A photo posted by Editorial Photographer Amsterd (@brambelloni) on

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 10 April 2015. Portrait Bugra Gedik, student University of Amsterdam (UvA), Campus Poet of the UvA-HvA and comedian. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 10 april 2015. Portret Bugra Gedik, student Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), UvA-HvA Camopus dichter en comedian. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Bugra Gedik, appointed UvA Campus Poet
2015, Bram Belloni for Folia Magazine


Editorial: the UvA Maagdenhuis Protest

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.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 20 March 2015. Portrait students University of Amsterdam (UvA) and activists at occupation of UvA Maagdenhuis, which settles the UvA Administration. 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). The occupation started at February 25th 2015, and is continuing. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 20 maart 2015. Portret studenten Universiteit van Amsterdam en activisten tijdens bezetting UvA Maagdenhuis, het bestuurscentrum van de UvA. De universiteits-brede beweging is verenigd onder de naam De Nieuwe Universiteit en eist (onder andere) meer democratie in de beleidsvorming van de UvA. De bezetting startte op 25 februari 2015 en is in ontwikkeling. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Students University of Amsterdam and activists at occupation of UvA Maagdenhuis
2015, Bram Belloni 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:

Tear sheet Folia Magazine 25/2015, editorial photography by Bram Belloni

Folia Magazine cover featuring Maagdenhuis occupants
Editorial photography by Bram Belloni

Read more:
> De Nieuwe Universiteit
> Maagdenhuis Occupation 2015 (wiki)


New Scientist cover shoot in Pauw talk show

Dutch comedian and presenter Dolf Jansen talks about the recent cover shoot for New Scientist in late night talk show Pauw.

The model life is not always that glamorous.

> see the item at: Pauw – Gemist


Tearsheets: Resource Wageningen UR

Lately, I am working a lot for of publishers in the academic field. For Resource, a publication by the Wageningen University (WUR) I portrayed microbiologist and professor Willem de Vos.

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 Netherlands, Amsterdam, 06 March 2015. Portrait prof.dr. WM (Willem) de Vos at Micropia, museum for micro-organisms. Willem de Vos is a Dutch microbiologist and Professor at Wageningen University. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 06 maart 2015. Portret prof.dr. WM (Willem) de Vos in Micropia, museum voor micro-organismen. Willem de Vos is microbioloog en hoogleraar aan de Wageningen Universiteit. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Prof.dr. WM (Willem) de Vos at Micropia, museum for micro-organisms.
2015, Bram Belloni for Resource

The Netherlands, Schiphol, 06 March 2015. Portrait prof.dr. WM (Willem) de Vos at Schiphol Airport enroute to Helsinki. Willem de Vos (right) is a Dutch microbiologist and Professor at Wageningen University. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Schiphol, 06 maart 2015. Portret prof.dr. WM (Willem) de Vos op Schiphol Airport onderweg naar Helsinki. Willem de Vos (rechts) is microbioloog en hoogleraar aan de Wageningen Universiteit. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Prof.dr. WM (Willem) de Vos at Schiphol Airport enroute to Helsinki
2015, Bram Belloni for Resource

The photography in the publication (click for bigger image):

Tear sheet Cover Resource 09-2015, featuring Willem de Vos, editorial photography by Bram Belloni

Tear sheet Cover Resource 09-2015, featuring Willem de Vos
2015, photography by Bram Belloni

Tear sheet Resource 09-2015, featuring Willem de Vos, editorial photography by Bram Belloni

Tear sheet Resource 09-2015, featuring Willem de Vos
2015, photography by Bram Belloni

Tear sheet Resource 09-2015, featuring Willem de Vos, editorial photography by Bram Belloni

Tear sheet Resource 09-2015, featuring Willem de Vos
2015, photography by Bram Belloni

> read more: Resource Magazine
> read more: Wageningen UR
> about: Willem de Vos (wikipedia)


Marokkaanse Boot in Amsterdam Museum

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.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 28 March 2015. Exhibition Moroccan Boat during Gay Pride 2014 at Amsterdam Museum. Featuring clothing by Corne Gabriels and photography by Bram Belloni. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 28 maart 2015. Expositie over Marokkaanse Boot op Gay Pride 2014 in het Amsterdam Museum.  Met kleding van Corne Gabriels en fotografie van Bram Belloni. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Marokkaanse Boot in Amsterdam Museum, costumes by Corné Gabriëls

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 28 March 2015. Exhibition Moroccan Boat during Gay Pride 2014 at Amsterdam Museum. Featuring clothing by Corne Gabriels and photography by Bram Belloni. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 28 maart 2015. Expositie over Marokkaanse Boot op Gay Pride 2014 in het Amsterdam Museum.  Met kleding van Corne Gabriels en fotografie van Bram Belloni. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Marokkaanse Boot in Amsterdam history; next to AFC Ajax and the Provos

They choose this image, showing the Marokkaanse boot during Amsterdam Pride 2014 canal parade.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 02 August 2014. Canal Parade at Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014. Marokkaanse Boot (Moroccan themed boat) at Prinsengracht-Brouwersgracht. The boat is to promote equality of Dutch-Moroccan LGTB youth. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 02 augustus 2014. Canal Parade, Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014. De Marokkaanse Boot op Prinsengracht-Brouwersgracht. De Marokkaanse Boot doet mee om emancipatie van Marokkaanse LGTB jeugd te bevorderen. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2014, www.belloni.nl

Marokkaanse Boot and spectators at Amsterdam Gay Pride 2014
2014, Bram Belloni

> read more: Amsterdam Museum
> read more: Marokkaanse Boot
> read more: Corné Gabriëls


New Scientist – New Publication

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 Netherlands, Amsterdam, 17 February 2015. Portrait Dutch Comedian and marathon runner Dolf Jansen wearing oxygen mask after a running test at Asics Running Lab. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 17 february 2015. Portret cabaretier en marathon loper Dolf Jansen met zuurstofmasker na een hardlooptest bij het Asics Running Lab. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Dolf Jansen at Asics Running Lab
2015, Bram Belloni for New Scientist

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 17 February 2015. Portrait Dutch Comedian and marathon runner Dolf Jansen wearing oxygen mask after a running test at Asics Running Lab. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 17 february 2015. Portret cabaretier en marathon loper Dolf Jansen met zuurstofmasker na een hardlooptest bij het Asics Running Lab. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl

Dolf Jansen at Asics Running Lab
2015, Bram Belloni for New Scientist

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.

New Scientist april 2015 cover, editorial photography by Bram Belloni

New Scientist April 2015 cover, editorial photography by Bram Belloni

Oh, and i got interviewed about the cover shoot too:

A photo posted by @brambelloni on

 

> read more about New Scientist
> about Dolf Jansen
> art direction: Pascal Tieman/Death Valley Design


Getting Retina Ready

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:

Example non-retina optimized images (left) viewed on a retina screen - (c) 2015, Bram Belloni

Example non-retina optimized images (left) viewed 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.