Text links: 21st Century Madonnas / Mistresses / The Russians Are Coming!
The previous portfolio featured mostly images made years ago. I was using the photo blog for posting photographs taken from more recent series. These three series above have different themes, but they all belong to what I call ‘The Nieuwmarkt Project’ because all material is in color. Why color? Well, it just happened after I moved to the Nieuwmarkt. Sheer joy, I guess.
The Old Portfolio
The old portfolio of black & white photographs is still here. It is not that I left Black & White photography completely. I still do most portraits in B&W.
Aged to Perfection
When I first exhibited these photographs the response was either very positive, or extremely negative. I recall a young gallery owner from Edinburgh who claimed in harsh wording that old people should keep their cloths on. The atmosphere around nudity involving people over 35 seems more relaxed now, 15 years later.
When I created these images, I was intrigued by couples. Mainly because I felt inadequate in most of my own relationships.
This is the first series I shot that became successful in 1977. First exhibit was at Photo Gallery Cyclope in Brussels. This particular series has been published countless times over the years.
In 1996 I started a website for Dutch literature and art. Of course that involved portraying most of the artists featured in this web magazine.
If there is one theme that stayed with me over me the years it is gender diversity. The first photographs date back to 1976.
Girls, girls, girls
Girls are the easiest to photograph. They are still exploring themselves which is a fascinating process to capture with a camera.
The Pleasures of Kink
At age 50 I decided to photographically catalogue all human sexual expression in the form of portraits. I thought this would be a five year project but I see now there is no end to the diversity of human sexuality.
I was sent over to New York and Los Angeles frequently while working for Dutch magazines, so I decided to stay in New York. Unfortunately these were the days of Reaganomics, the dollar soared and the little income I had coming in from the Netherlands was just enough to pay for the rent. Film for my camera soon became a luxury. I learned how to think before I pressed the button. The hard way. Most of these photographs come from one roll of film.
The first time I had a doll in front of my camera I felt hopeless. As a portrait photographer I am used to check facial expressions to see if I am giving the right direct directions. Dolls however have masks with to tiny holes in it to see. So there simply are no expressions. I ended up doing the poses myself for them to copy, a technique I still use in more complex photo shoots.