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.
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.
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 (visit) address
Peperstraat 13 hs
1011 TJ Amsterdam
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.
The I am Gay and Muslim photo series is from 26 march till 25 may, 2013, on display at Amsterdam municipality Stadsdeelkantoor Oost.
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
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.
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
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!