14 Sep 2019
One of the perks of being a documentary photographer is that one can tell the story of one’s personal life in photographs
I was the team manager of ultra-cyclist Jacques Helderop for his 24 hours race, the 24h Gran Fondo on the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The task of the team…
17 Mar 2019
Enter “stunning photography” in Google and you´ll find colourful images of spectacular wide angle landscapes, portraits of mostly young people with flawless skins and other photos with striking colours
In my opinion the value of these stunning pictures is overrated. I dare say that quite a number of them show…
235 large format 1950ies color negatives
11 Dec 2018
In my possession is a collection of 235 large format color negatives. The images are portraits of common people, taken in a studio setting. We see children, couples, families, dogs and photos of single people. The photographer is, the then highly recommended, Foto Americain at the Wagenstraat in The Hague, The…
How about equipment?
07 Oct 2018
Recently I bought a new lens, the Voigtlander 40mm F2 SLII
For my documentary photography I used to use auto focus lenses, an obvious choice because the photographer can react faster since the lens focuses automatically. I have changed my mind.
The digital camera gives us the opportunity to review…
How involved is the photographer?
31 Dec 2017
To what extent should the photographer be involved with the couple on the wedding day and the preparations of the wedding?
In a previous blog post I wrote: “The task of the wedding photographer is to tell the story of the bridal couple and their families on the special day.…
How about Susan Sontag in 2017?
21 Oct 2017
In her famous book, “On photography”, Susan Sontag explains that a photographer ought to be aware of the fact that he or she, in a way, immortalizes the people portrayed
The image will exist forever and will not change. What does change is the context in which the photograph is…
WeeGee exposition in Barcelona
26 Jul 2017
Today I went to a photography exposition of WeeGee at Foto Colectania in Barcelona
WeeGee was an American photographer who photographed street scenes at night in New York in the 1940ies. While looking at the superb prints we discussed the question whether he may have staged some scenes.
How does the photographer prepare for a wedding?
18 Jun 2017
Apart from the technical issues like equipment, available light in the different venues, the program during the day et cetera, there is, in my opinion, a much more important question: How am I going to capture the couple and their story so that they and their families will recognise themselves…
When is an image a photograph?
11 May 2017
Nowadays we look at our personal images on our computers, tablets and mobile phones. We print occasionally a favorite one and put it on the wall in a nice frame
Before the digital era we would look at our photos in a printed form and keep them in a box…
Why should wedding photography be documentary photography ?
26 Apr 2017
Do you want the story of your marriage day told in images or a mere visual report of events on the day?
Photography has become an enormous and influential medium; we are all photographers and with our smartphones we continuously take pictures which we upload to the social media. Photography…