Rhino Reward

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I love to travel and where-ever i go, i try to translate the environment into my black&white view. I was in Africa some time ago, and saw Africa’s beautiful nature and her wealth of colours. With my black&white view, i wanted to capture the beauty of Africa, not focusing on the colours, but on the animals in black, the light that falls on them and the moment they are in. We saw a family of 4 beautiful rhino’s, enjoying some grassland in the sun. The sun is giving a nice contour around the bodies, especially at their hairy ears. The details of the grass gives away the momentum, peacefulness, doing the necessary thing of the day: eating. This picture was a great reward of making the trip, and spending pleasantly hours in nature.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Reward.”

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My inspiration, Anton Corbijn

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When I started 3 years ago, Anton Corbijn inspired me to create a black&white style for myself. I love his book STAR TRAK, and as a goal in life, i would like to buy a photo out of that book for my apartment. To see my inspiration every day. Some of my favourites pictures in the book: Michael Stipe (p7), Nike Cave (p41), Michael Schumacher (p94) and Billy Idol (p100). My eyes immediately go to the shadows, to the backgrounds, and to the dark and light areas of the photo. Additionally the emotion, the momentum, is very intense, it is real, it is energy. I can look to the pictures for hours.

Above picture, my two beautiful daughters Dinah & Rachel, approximate 6 years ago in California, tired in bed after their first long flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles, reflect a little how i translate the style of Anton Corbijn into my own style. The picture is maybe too black, maybe not perfect, not set-up as in a studio. But for me its strong, with a beautiful moment. The girls went to bed after a hot shower with their hair still wet, a long flight, watching TV in a hotel room, with some blankets, being close together as sisters. Starting their holidays the next day, after a good night of sleep in a unknown hotel room.

My pictures are often very dark, and i try to make the picture simple, not too many details, and create a moment that is real and intense. I love to play with the black & white, in my own way, and discover and learn how to make it more powerful over the years. Anton, i can not imagine you will ever read this blog, but if so, any tips from the master are most welcome 🙂

Liberdade – they Journey begins …

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My passion is around creativity and design. As a business guy, in finance, this is not a common topic. 3 years ago i found this passion coming together in photography, and i love black & white. For last 3 years I have brought some things in place to get into my new lifestyle: i have bought more than 100 books about photography, i have bought a new camera with some lenses, i have bought my apple notebook with some software, i did some mini courses in photography and Lightroom. And i have followed a street theatre group in Liberdade, Sao Paulo, for 2 years in the weekends, to practise my photography skills and to learn the pitfalls and the tricks.

Some months ago i have moved from Sao Paulo to Panama, and i have just settled in and unpacked my camera and my notebook. I was reading my notes about my passions, my goals in life, and i decided to start this blog. To write down and share my journey of photography, my journey of discovering photography, developing my own style. And sharing how photography slowly but consistently claiming more and more time in my weekly agenda and in my thoughts, how it is changing my lifestyle and how it is giving me enormous positive energy. Maybe you have the same experience, my eyes are seeing different things than 3 years ago, it feels that they are trained to look differently, every minute of the day, the things i see look more beautiful and inspirational, it stimulated my creativity.

In this blog i like to share my weekly experiences on my journey of transformation. I am curious how my life will transform, being a business guy during the week, and a starting artist in the weekend. How will this new passion change my life?  I also like to share my pictures,my ideas and my thoughts. I will make references to my collection of books.

A book that was inspiring to me in this phase, and easy to read: “steal like an artist” from Austin Kleon. It gave my many practical ideas and insights on how i could work on my transformation from a economist to an photographer, an artist, by creating a style of my own, unlocking creativity. Its also a fun book, with nice quotes and pictures, black & white off course.