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Visual Diary #23 – 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


Visual Diary #022 – Abbey Hoes at Gouden Kalf Award Ceremony

How a twenty-year-old wins the Gouden Kalf Award, the Grand Prize of Dutch Film, for Best Actress:

Nederland, Utrecht, 10 oktober 2014. Het 34ste Nederlands Film Festival 2014. Abby Hoes wint Gouden Kalf Beste Actrice voor haar rol in Nena. Foto: Bram Belloni / The Netherlands, Utrecht, 10 October 2014. The 34rd Netherlands Film Festival 2014. Dutch actress Abbey Hoes wins Golden Calf Best Actress for Dutch feature film Nena. Photo: Bram Belloni / (c) 2014, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Dutch actress Abbey Hoes wins Gouden Kalf for Best Actress for her role in Nena, at the NFF Award Ceremony.
October 2014, Bram Belloni for NFF

The Netherlands Film Festival, which i also covered this year, is the festival for dutch film and hosts the Gouden Kalf (Golden Calf) Awards, the Grand Prize of Dutch Film.

> See Abbey Hoes in Nena – International Trailer
> Read more about the Nederlands Film Festival (dutch)


Visual Diary #021 – Amsterdam Pride 2014

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 (Bram Belloni)

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.
August 2014, Bram Belloni

Every year Amsterdam celebrates sexual diversity with the Amsterdam Gay Pride. Highlight of the Pride week is the Canal parade with it’s special themed boats sailing for glory.

For that occasion i made a small portrait setup next to the drop off point at the end of the route. And asked participants to pose for a sec.

 

> Read more at: Amsterdam Gay Pride official site


Visual Diary #020 – IFFR 14 portraits

What is it that you’re doing during film festivals?

Film directors Jan Schomburg, Michael Tully, Peter Brunner, Riad Sattouf, Fellipe Barbosa, Nick Reding, Robin Campillo, Yann Gonzalez, Fernando Eimbcke, Digna Sinke, Oxana Bychkova for IFFR 2014.

> PLAY > PAUSE

Film directors Jan Schomburg, Michael Tully, Peter Brunner, Riad Sattouf, Fellipe Barbosa, Nick Reding, Robin Campillo, Yann Gonzalez, Fernando Eimbcke, Digna Sinke, Oxana Bychkova for IFFR 2014.

> read more about the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)


Visual Diary #019 – Amsterdam Frederiksplein

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 23 November 2013. Amsterdam, view over Frederiksplein and De Nederlandseche Bank (Dutch Central Bank, DNB). Photo: Bram Belloni / Nederland, Amsterdam, 23 november 2013. Amsterdam, zicht over Frederiksplein en De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). Foto: Bram Belloni / (c) 2013, www.belloni.nl (Bram Belloni)

Amsterdam Frederiksplein, view at De Nederlandsche Bank
November 2013, Bram Belloni

Amsterdam streets; view over Frederiksplein, autumn afternoon.


On Photography – Allan Sekula

The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 23 November 2013. The 26th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA 2013. Tour at Stedelijk Museum, with discussions on reality in art and documentary film. Hosted by IDFA and Stedelijk Museum. Photo: Bram Belloni ((c) 2013, do not use without prior permission)

“Untitled Slide Sequence” by Allan Sekula at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
November, 2013

With many words already spoken to the discussion whether documentary photography (or film) is unbiased or not, i recently came upon this quote by photographer and visual artist Allan Sekula.

The only “objective” truth that photographs offer is the assertion that somebody or something… was somewhere and took a picture.
– Allan Sekula

Nowadays, the whole debate tends to shift in favor of the ‘subjective’ side. I haven’t been able to find out when exactly this quote was used (given the working career of Sekula probably before the whole discussion started), but in all its simplicity it just nailed it for me.


Visual Diary #018 – Queensday Short Film

A short film shot on Queens-day 2013 – the last Queens-day for a while. On the 30th of April 2013 HM Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated and left the throne for HM King Willem Alexander.

As usual with Queens-day, Amsterdam turned orange. With this years royal succession, the city was flooded with the Dutch armed forces, blazing in full ceremony glory.

The Queen’s Last Day | Amsterdam Snapshots – a series of short films on Amsterdam
2013, by Bram Belloni

> see The Queen’s Last Day in HD on Vimeo
> see more Amsterdam Snapshots on Vimeo


Visual Diary #017 – Athens, Omonia Square


Omonia Square
July 2013, Athens

See it > High Def on Vimeo