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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.


Visual Diary #026 – Slaboshpytskiy on IFFR

Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy and his spous Elena during photo shoot for IFFR.

 

The Netherlands, Rotterdam, 22 January 2015. The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR 2015. Portrait Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, director The Tribe (Ukraine 2014), in the IFFR Limelight programme. Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)
The Netherlands, Rotterdam, 22 January 2015. The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR 2015. Portrait Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, director The Tribe (Ukraine 2014), in the IFFR Limelight programme. Left; Elena Slaboshpytskiy (Myroslavs spous). Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)
The Netherlands, Rotterdam, 22 January 2015. The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR 2015. Portrait Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, director The Tribe (Ukraine 2014), in the IFFR Limelight programme. Left; Elena Slaboshpytskiy (Myroslavs spous). Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)
The Netherlands, Rotterdam, 22 January 2015. The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR 2015. Portrait Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, director The Tribe (Ukraine 2014), in the IFFR Limelight programme. Left; Elena Slaboshpytskiy (Myroslavs spous). Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)
The Netherlands, Rotterdam, 22 January 2015. The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR 2015. Portrait Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, director The Tribe (Ukraine 2014), in the IFFR Limelight programme. Left; Elena Slaboshpytskiy (Myroslavs spous). Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

 

And the image used in the Daily Tiger, the festival’s daily newspaper (click for bigger image):

Tearsheet Daily Tiger #05-2015, publication International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015. Photography by Bram Belloni for IFFR. (Bram Belloni)

Tearsheet Daily Tiger #05-2015, publication International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015. Photography by Bram Belloni for IFFR.


Visual Diary #025 – IFFR’s Sunday morning

For the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) I am currently working with a whole team of photographers, editors, reporters and designers on the Daily Tiger, the festival’s daily newspaper.

It’s quite an endurance to work for 10-days straight on those tight deadlines. But working in this team makes it all more than good.

IFFR Sunday morning - Daily Tiger reporter waiting for interviewee to get photographed.

IFFR’s Sunday morning – Daily Tiger reporter waiting for interviewee to get photographed.


Tearsheets: Editorial Photography for Folia Magazine

Folia Magazine, an independent publication for the University of Amsterdam I frequently work for, recently got redesigned. With art directors at Vruchtvlees we worked on the photography for the new cover.

Folia Magazine 17-2014/2015, Cover photography: Bram Belloni, art direction: Vruchtvlees. (Bram Belloni)

Folia new food bloggers Tristan and Gregory, cover Folia Magazine 17-2015
Amsterdam, January 2015, Bram Belloni for Folia Magazine

 

They wanted to go for a clean and more graphical shot. In support of the redesign leaning heavily on typography. Vegetables on the cover are digital altered (but all were thrown in air).

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 13 January 2015. Portrait Tristan van Hoolwerff (l) and Gregory Edelenbos (r), students at Hogeschool van Amsterdam and Folias new food bloggers. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 13 januari 2015. Portret Tristan van Hoolwerff  (l) en Gregory Edelenbos (r), studenten aan Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) en nieuwe Kookbloggers van Folia Magazine. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2015, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Tristan and Gregory
Amsterdam, January 2015, Bram Belloni for Folia Magazine

 

Besides the cover photography, we did a lot of additional work for dedicated use on the Foliaweb website and for use in their blog posts.

Screen shot Foliaweb-website with different uses of the shoot

Screen shot Foliaweb-website with different uses of the shoot

> art direction: Vruchtvlees
> read more about Folia Magazine


Visual Diary #024 – CITIZENFOUR

Currently working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). One of this festival highlights is the feature length documentary CITIZENFOUR by director Laura Poitras, -the- film about Edward Snowden. It was interesting to hear the story about the process of making this complicated film.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 23 November 2014. The 27th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA 2014. QnA with director Laura Poitras after screening documentary CITIZENFOUR at Tuschinski Theatre. From left; Sarah Harrison (journalist and WikiLeaks editor), producer Mathilde Bonnefoy, Jacob Appelbaum (in documentary), director Laura Poitras, moderator Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal. Photo: Bram Belloni (Bram Belloni)

Makers documentary CITIZENFOUR during QnA after screening. From left; Sarah Harrison (journalist and WikiLeaks editor), producer Mathilde Bonnefoy, Jacob Appelbaum (in documentary), director Laura Poitras, QnA moderator Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal.
November 2014, Bram Belloni for IDFA

> Read more about the documentary CITIZENFOUR, or on iMDB
> Read more about the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

 


Visual Diary #023 – Arnon Grunberg for Folia Magazine

When Folia Magazines departing editor-in-chief Jim Jansen asked me to accompany him for his last interview for the magazine, I suspected I was in for a treat.

The interviewee was Arnon Grunberg, Dutch author and columnist. Beside his literary works, I have always held him in high regards because of his commentary on contemporary (Dutch) issues in his columns. And for awesome projects like Les vacances de Monsieur Grunberg.

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 05 October 2014. Portret Arnon Grunberg, Dutch author at Hilton Amsterdam. Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 05 oktober 2014. Portret Arnon Grunberg, auteur, in Hilton Amsterdam. Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2014, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Arnon Grunberg, Dutch author
October 2014, Bram Belloni for Folia Magazine

With Folia Magazines art-director Pascal Tieman we decided to go for a different angle; instead of color portraits, high contrast black and white images which he completed with colored gradients.

> Commissioning editor: Jim Jansen, art-director Pascal Tieman
> Read the interview in Folia Magazine #9-2014
> Read more about Arnon Grunberg