After having written about some projects by other creatives, I figured it was time to shed some light on my own work again. Here’s some series I’ve worked on for the past few months, both on assignment and as personal projects. These include covering the Rotterdam marathon, shooting with a young and talented racing driver sponsored by Red Bull, and shooting some crossfit for my portfolio.
Client: Triple Double
Surely this has got to be one of my favourite and most emotional projects this year. During the 2017 Rotterdam marathon, large screens were set up at the 35 kilometer mark. Participants were treated with a pre recorder video message from their loved ones, I was tasked with capturing their reactions. These ranged from anywhere between sheer joy to a complete emotional breakdown. Just seeing these pure emotions from people at the brink of breaking down was amazing. On a photographic level, it was challenging as well: there was a very steady flow of participants, and I only had a couple of seconds at most to locate the person the message was intended for and capture a strong photo. In the end my client was extremely happy with the results and printed a large banner with the strongest photos from this series as a present to their own client who commissioned the project.
Red Bull sponsored racing driver Richard Verschoor
Location: CTO Eindhoven
For some time now, I’d been wanting to spend some time documenting a top athlete’s lifestyle as a personal project. Through Red Bull, I was linked with their athlete Richard Verschoor, a young Dutch racing driver. My first shoot with Richard took place at a physical training center for young and talented athletes in Eindhoven. My goal here was to just show the work young athletes put in. I intend to meet up with Richard more often and document more aspects of his life as an athlete, stay tuned for more. On a side note, I’ve used these photos before in this article on branding in visual storytelling. On a second side note, after showing this series to Red Bull, the brand has commissioned me to shoot some of their events, which just goes to show that personal work can indeed land you paid assignments.
Crossfit was something I’d been wanting to shoot for quite some time. The sheer energy and diversity of the sport make for some great content, while the fact that athletes are often ripped as hell doesn’t hurt either. For this shoot, I wanted to try and add some production value by using more lights than I usually do. I tried to kept the setup and editing clean and moody and not too commercial. The interior of the gym really worked wonders here, by just underexposing it slightly I think the images suggest a wonderfully raw and underground training environment.
Bonus: Klean Kanteen behind the scenes
Client: Klean Kanteen
This is a project I can’t wait to show more of, but unfortunately can’t for at least some months. A few weeks back, I was in Brighton with my friend Mark Kwikkers, a videographer. We were shooting a story for the US brand Klean Kanteen, following around Kris from the wonderful Small Batch Coffee for a day. This dirty iPhone shot shows Mark interviewing Kris after a long day biking around the city and visiting all of the coffee roaster’s branches. The interview actually took place in the coffeeshop just below our hotel, which meant we could very conveniently head over to the hotel bar for some celebratory drinks after we were done. After Mark was done here, I shot some moody environmental portraits of Kris using the Elinchrom octabox set up just in the background. I can’t wait to share these photos, but as mentioned before, am currently prohibited from doing so. Do keep an eye out for Klean Kanteen’s excellent new storytelling campaign landing this year and next though!