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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


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.


A New Office

Just moved to an other part of town! From former bank to former warehouse in the Nieuwmarkt – Lastage area, an old (and still very genuine) district of Amsterdam.

All is up and running now (almost). So when around, please drop by for a drink in our garden!

new office

(Bram Belloni)

> New office (visit) address
Peperstraat 13 hs
1011 TJ Amsterdam


Working in Greece – June, July 2013

In June, July 2013 i am working in and from Athens, Greece.

Having some time ‘off’, i can deepen my work and fully focus new ways of story telling. Because the field is changing fast.

And besides that, i am available for editorial assignments in the area.


I AM GAY AND MUSLIM on Exhibition

The I am Gay and Muslim photo series is from 26 march till 25 may, 2013, on display at Amsterdam municipality Stadsdeelkantoor Oost.

Exhibition photo series I AM GAY AND MUSLIM by Bram Belloni, 26 march - 25 may 2013, at Amsterdam municipality Stadsdeelkantoor Oost, the Netherlands. Series is made after film documentary I AM GAY AND MUSLIM (2012) by Chris Belloni. (Bram Belloni)

Exhibition photo series I AM GAY AND MUSLIM 26 march – 25 may 2013, at Amsterdam municipality Stadsdeelkantoor Oost, the Netherlands.

Opening, by alderman Lieke Thesingh, already took place. The photo exhibition and various screenings of the film in Amsterdam East-area are facilitated by Stadsdeel Oost to discuss the topics of sexual diversity and tolerance.

I am Gay and Muslim photo exhibition Amsterdam Stadsdeel Oost
26 march – 25 may, 2013
Oranje-Vrijstaatplein 2, Amsterdam

> website Stadsdeel Oost


I am Gay and Muslim photo doc on Pride Photo Award 2012

Morocco, Rabat, 09 February 2012. Portrait Brahim, photo series I Am Gay and Muslim project by dutch foundation Stichting art.1. Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2012, www.belloni.nl - CREDIT MANDATORY: Bram Belloni for Stichting art.1 (Bram Belloni)

Brahim - Rabat, Morocco - special mention Pride Photo Award 2012
February 2012, Bram Belloni for Stichting art.1

Winners of the Pride Photo Award 2012, an annual international photo contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity, just got announced. The over-all winning photo is from Dutch photographer Chris Rijksen, as part of the brave series Gender as a performance.

I was very happy to hear that the I am Gay and Muslim photo documentary received a special mention. And hope this will draw attention to the issues gay Muslim youth encounter.

The award ceremony will take place on the 28th of September in the Old Church, Amsterdam. Opening of the exhibition will be then and there too, so if you happen to be nearby, don’t miss out on the winners.

Pride Photo Award is an initiative of the Amsterdam branch of the COC (Dutch LGBT organization), IHLIA (International Gay and Lesbian Information center and Archive) and the Homomonument Foundation. With support and advice from Foam (Photo museum Amsterdam) and World Press Photo.

Read more on the:
> Pride Photo Award
> Pride Photo Award 2012 winners
> I am Gay and Muslim documentary project (film)


Documentary I am Gay and Muslim Premiers

After months of work, partly in Morocco, the documentary I am Gay and Muslim premiers during the Roze Filmdagen 2012 (Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2012). A documentary that focuses on the subject of gay rights in the Islamic world.

I am very proud of Chris Belloni, the maker of this project, for creating such a special film on such a delicate subject. And it is really nice to see the footage, which came for a big part from my hands, in 2K digital projection. I got blown away by the quality of today’s digital HD camera’s, as shown in the final version on the big screen. Even footage shot on small consumer camera’s, like the Sony NEX series, still stand out.

See Chris speak about the film and upcoming premiere at the Roze Filmdagen (in dutch), here:


FestBits Roze Filmdagen 2012 (via DyzloFilm)

The film is to be seen in Amsterdam till the end of march and will be shown at various international film festivals, for now.

> read more on the project on the I am Gay and Muslim website


Morocco, Part Deux

Morocco, Rabat, 6 november 2011. Impression Rabat. Photo: Bram Belloni - www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Impression Rabat, Morocco
november 2011

For dutch foundation Stichting Art. 1, i went first half of November to Morocco for a photo series of young gays in a Muslim country. This series of portraits is an addition to the documentary I am Gay and Muslim, produced by Stichting Art. 1.

With the first results in, the making of the series will continue in the second half of December 2011. Casablanca, Tangier, Al Hoceima, Nador, Rabat; Morocco field trip!