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):
The model life is not always that glamorous.
> see the item at: Pauw – Gemist
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.
With the new academic year Folia Magazine, independent magazine for the University of Amsterdam, comes with a new volume. For the first two issues i worked on two editorial portraits. Both as feature and also one for the cover.
First was Emma Curvers, UvA Alumni, columnist and debuting author with Dutch novel Iedereen kan schilderen.
Than there was Sander Wirken, UvA PhD researcher and initiatior of documentary film Burden of Peace about Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to lead the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala.
The project is still in post-production phase, but the trailer looks really promising!
See how the images were published in the layout (clik for bigger image):
Art director: Pascal Tieman
For a survey of the Rathenau Instituut i worked on the editorial portraits. The dutch institute studies and reports on developments in science and technology.
The survey itself was on shale gas and fracking. Various players in the field were interviewed and along with a study the publication was to spark debate on the issue and to inform decision makers.
A selection of images in print:
For last years Folia Magazine Christmas special i did an editorial series on Amsterdam students. With guest editor-in-chief Ron Blaauw, the dutch double Michelin starred master chef, the series was to be food related.
We followed six UvA and HvA students and portrayed them during dinner.
> see the publication in pdf: Folia Magazine #14-2013/14