For Folia Magazine, I was out for a portrait of Dutch journalist and author Casper Thomas. Thomas wrote Competente Rebellen (Competent Rebels), a publication about the 2015 Maagdenhuis occupation at the University of Amsterdam.
Picture had to be taken with Maagdenhuis in the background. The situation 10 minutes before shoot:
#ouch When you got assigned to have a specific building in the picture and you find this upon arrival. Result in tomorrow’s Folia Magazine. #editorialphotography #behindthescenes #streetphotography #maagdenhuis #lifeasphotographer
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Portrait photography on the streets can be challenging; you can almost never have full control of all things in a crowded area. I let things just happen and try to take benefit from the element of surprise.
And there was, in this case, some digital altering involved.
The result in de publication (click image for larger view):
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 second option was the portrayed wearing a Greek chiton.
The result in the publication (next to some smaller inserts):
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.
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:
The model life is not always that glamorous.
> see the item at: Pauw – Gemist
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 photography in the publication (click for bigger image):
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 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.
Oh, and i got interviewed about the cover shoot too:
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.