The annual retail event organized by retailer The Bijenkorf named ‘Three Foolish Days’ (3 dwaze dagen). Lot of people visited the stores searching for bargains.
Dutch magazine Tattoo Patrol (September 2013 edition) has published a reportage of tattoo model Manuela. The photo reportage was made for my tattoo photo project, but obviously more people are interested. However, it was a pleasure to photograph this wonderful young lady.
It feels great when I am announced as photographer of the news photo of the week by the Dutch news site Nu.nl (5 million unique visitors p/month). During my recent stay in Funchal a severe forest fire hit the capitol of Madeira Islands. It was a challenge to make a clear photo of the fire with my Leica M9 in the dark.
At this moment two photo books are available with a selection of the photos of Vivian Maier. Maier is nowadays very popular. As well as her books as the exhibitions are successful. A visitor of an exhibition stated:
“The reception was jam packed. Wall to wall people. Too many in fact. Soon after we got there they stopped letting people in. Then it started to thin out and you could see more than one photo at a time. When we finally left there was a line about 100 feet long waiting to get in.” (Charles B58: dpreview.com).
It seems that there is a serious audience to buy prints of het photos. According to the NYTimes a print of 12 x 12 inch cost $1800 – $5000. Based on her popularity the question rise if Vivian Maier is that good as suggested or are we confronting a well-organized hype, surrounded with a bit of mysteriousness.
Monday 27th of May the Belgian association for professional photographers, vzw Studio, organized a workshop about branding. With the appearance of thirty members the workshop was sold-out. vzw Studio recognized the importunacy of this topic and I had the honor to have a interactive workshop with the audience. The goal of the workshop was to help the photographers building their own brand as photographer.
The need for branding
Normally my portraits are close to the reality. Most of the time the subject (or model) is recognizable and in a natural way portrayed. In this case it was different. The assignment was to transform a beautiful friendly woman (Loraine Delano) into a drug addict. The goal of the photo was to create a mild shock effect.
In the year 2000 was the start of Gerrit Komrij as first Dutch National Poet. The phenomenon National Philosopher was introduced in 2011 with Hans Achterhuis as rookie. The similarity between the National Poet and the National Philosopher is to bridge a gap. Not everyone is familiar with poetry and philosophy. The aim of the National poet and Philosopher is to bring the domains closer to the common people and to increase its popularity. That is clear and reasonable, I think. But what about the Dutch National Photographer?
Since April 2013 Ilvy Njiokiktjien is the first National Photographer of the Netherlands. She is allowed (even more urged) to initiate interesting new photo projects. The inventor of this new phenomenon is the Fotoweek (Photo week) Foundation. Ilvy is the ambassador of the Dutch photographers and she is but the base of Fotoweek.
What is ‘our’ opinion about this new phenomenon?
Herman de Pagter is the proud winner of the Leica Images Award 2012. He won with his photo ‘Candlelight’. This photo was chosen by the jury out of more then 500 photos. Herman made this photo with his Leica M9 camera in a church in Funchal, Madeira. The girl was staring into the candlelights for a long time without noticing that the photo was made.
On 26th April 2013 the Belgium newspaper De Morgen showed the impact a photo can have. The front page displayed a large photo of a wounded little Syrian boy (made by Sebastiano Tomada and he is awarded with the 2nd place of the World Press Photo contest). The boy is victim of the terrible bloody civil Syrian war. Displaying this shocking photo was a well thought-out act of the newspaper to get the attention they needed for the Action Day for Syria. The aim of this action day was to collect a huge amount of money to help the civilian victims of this war.
For many years I do have an issue with my current tripod, it’s too heavy to bring it with me during vacation or other travels. Time to do some research to find a light weighted travel tripod. Spending hours on the Internet I had to make a choice out of the Manfrotto BeFree and the MeFoto BackPacker. After a serious comparison the MeFoto was chosen. Below a brief review of the behaviour of the Backpacker in practice.