Images from the 2010 edition of ID&T’s BLACK. Ethias Arena, Hasselt (Belgium).
Tiny (raw) 45 second clip from my Canon 5DmkII+15mm fisheye.
Some concert images for a change. I’m normally not too much into band-photography but these guys should be an exception: Kyteman Hip Hop Orchestra! Literally, because it’s quite hard to get a decent photo of them with incredible poor lighting on stage and the whole lot of them running all over the place. Shot some extra pics and managed to get a few nice captures, please enjoy them. All are uploaded in large size so they’re pretty much ready to go for your desktop wallpaper.
If there’s one country that I can really recommend for a visit it’s got to be Indonesia. For our honeymoon we decided to take up an offer from a well-known travelcompany that we simply couldn’t refuse. Exciting as it was going to be my first (non-journalist) group travel ever and also my first time Asia. After having travelled half the world I somehow miraculously managed not to visit that huge part of the world. Something that I quite made up afterwards, travelling to Asia at least six times the next four years.
Java and Bali were going to be our destinations, the latter for diving, the first for round travel in two busses filled with us, tourists! Never figured group travel could be so much fun if you’re just lucky to hit the right combination of age, personalities and the amount of people travelling with you. We simply had a great time and one of the definite highlights of the trip was an old volcano called the Bromo [Google Earth].
It’s not a volcano as you’d normally see, it’s a small but highly active volcano which is situated in an unprecedented sandy area of almost ten square kilometers, the remnants of an even older volcano that blasted itself into history many, many millions of years ago. Seeing the sunrise on that old craters edge is one of the most popular highlights of Java and attracts countless tourist that walk up there very late at night (or better: very early in the morning).
So there we are at 03:30, after a wee night of sleeping getting our tired heads up a steep hill while beeing surrounded by zillions of Indonesian salesmen and women. Hats, umbrella’s, raincoats: guess it must rain here a lot because the majority of little shops are into that sort of stuff. Food is also highly available but who needs something to eat when you’re still in sleep-mode?
As high as the expectations so low is reality: the platform where we wait for the sun to come up over the crater rim is huge and packed with tourists, oh: that’s us then. Hundreds of people from all over the world have their camera ready and wait for the sun to burst through the fog. Which, sadly for us, manages not too. Leaving us with a half-baked sunrise and a good forty minute walk back down the road where a cup of hot soup awaits us. OK, now that’s a highlight!
Actually, the sunrise is nice but it’s the crater itself that’s way more interesting. A nice carride over the massive rim into the flat area where the actual Bromo active volcano resides. And by active, I really mean active: just short over eight months after our visit it suddenly went beserk and killed two tourists and injured five! But the horseride to the edge is amazing. Still can’t understand why all these horsemen compete eachother so massively. All looked like they haven’t got a dime to spare. Guess, if they worked together they could set some overall higher prices and actually make a bit of an income… there’s probably a reason but I felt sorry for them as the competition for tourists looked pretty nasty.
The sight into the grey and yellow crater is one to behold. Smoke still bellowing and a tribe of people walking around in it to catch the flowerofferings that people can buy for a few cents after which they throw them into the volcano. Good bit of recycling I suppose!
Full series (slideshow) here:
It’s good to be surprised now and then. So, while shooting the yearly Totally Snow event in Nassfeld, a couple of crazy guys started performing in the basement of the Cube hotel (The Club) as part of the weeks live shows. The bunch, better known as “The Subs” needed about three songs to get the crowd from “moving around” to “totally mental”, seriously one of the best live performances I’ve seen in a while and I ended up with a bunch of photo’s I just had to share.
Check out the full Photostream over here.
For the VARA, one of the largest Dutch Public Broadcasting Services I was asked to photograph their annual event: the TV moment of the year. A contest for the title of “Best Dutch item on TV in 2008″. A bit of a first for me as I’m not too much involved in the (TV) entertainment industry but it seemed like a great challenge and a good bit of fun.
Seats for Geenstijl.tv who had high hopes of winning this years edition with their stunning movie on a cabinet minister who forgot how to speak.
The live television show took place in the Koepelkerk in downtown Amstrerdam, a beautiful old church that was spectacularly lit by the TV crew. However, for me as a photographer it wasn’t easy to shoot because the light was very low (I’m no match for modern HD television-camera’s) and I obviously wasn’t allowed to use flash. Even worse: during the live show I could only shoot from the first ring as camera positions on the floor level made it impossible for me to stay out of the picture. Still, a very memorable night and a good challenge to do a shoot like this.
Flowers for Yta Strikwerda, a mentally challenged woman who appeared on Paul de Leeuws TV show: “Mooi! Weer de Leeuw” in which she hunted down the presentator for ten minutes in order to get him to ride on a pony. The TV item was a surprise win as most people expected Peter R. de Vries to win with his undercover filming of Joran van de Sloot in the Natalee Holloway case.
Check out the full series (38 photo’s) here.
Kelly Rowland headlined the 2008 edition of the POSI+IVE event in South Africa’s Sun City. The Sun International event raises money for some of their AIDS projects all over the country. With ust a few days notice (Backstreet Boys had to cancel due to family circumstances) she managed to pull a great show at the POSI+IVE Rocks Gala.
Oh what a night! After three continuous weeks of shooting all over European Alps with a broken arm (and not to mention doing Trance Energy as well) it was time for the last one of this very busy month. But what a great way to finish a shooting spree.
Bacardi and Rotterdam mix perfectly with Benny Rodrigues creating a fantastic line-up with the likes of: Leroy Styles, Version & Atjazz Ft Emilie Chick (aka Charles Webster), Rolando, Prunk Le Funk , The Freshest Kidz, Civil and himself ofcourse.
Great atmosphere, great people, perfect music made for one of the better editions of this already great Bacardi series. Check the full gallery here.