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I agreed on helping an NGO (Spark Micro Grants) documenting their work with stills and video in Eastern Africa in the 15 villages they operated in. I agreed on one condition if they let me do my portrait series of the villagers.
I was very ambitious in my approach and wanted to shoot these portraits in a little different way than was normally seen. I brought with me two portable lights among other things. I knew it was going to be a tough trip being one moth in the country side in this area and with little help.
I was very pleased with the result as well as not loosing one single item. I obviously crashed when I cam back after being on such a high for 4 weeks.
Self assigned, personal work.
Once a year I invite my friends to a photo shoot, each time with a different concept in mind. I tell the participants about my idea beforehand and suggest in very broad terms how to dress (i.e. dark, grey, colorful). Once they are in front of the camera they receive very little directions. I want these projects to be a collaborative. I set the framework they interpret my concept.
The first time I did this it was more or less for fun but I realized that the result was very interesting and that I could do something with this creatively. I am very pleased with the result each year and a few surprises always happen. The final product is not always the way I envisioned it but an enhanced version. I learn from it and get more ideas what to do with the material once I have it.
Self assigned, personal work
'stiLife' is a series that starts with a blank canvas leaning against the wall. The series sort of explores time and space and our consciousness. I try not to have a preconceived idea what the final picture will look like so I shoot a lot of pictures so that I have more to play around with.
Each time I photograph the series, which is now in the same location, something new comes up. So far very happy.
Self assigned, Personal Work
Self Assigned, Personal work
My fascination of people walking past a wall started a long time ago and also became my first blog "The Red Wall" which was a wall I passed by to my studio every day. I then later discovered this wall that I passed by on my way to buy my coffee. First it was just the normal fascination but then I realized that I am actually documenting the rapidly changing Lower East Side of Manhattan. An area mostly dominated by Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Jews and Chinese but now mixed up with hipsters, professional people and tourists as the new high-rises moves in.
I am very happy with the result and still fascinated by it. The wall is where the Essex Market was until a few months ago. Essex Market was a place where most people in the area bought their fresh vegetables etc. however now when it moved into a very nice modern space below Delancey it has changed and so has LESwalk. The LESwalk wall will soon be demolished and be no more. Will update later.
Self Assigned, personal work