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grenade dark sublte colour


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This image was shot for the Dutch insurance company “Nationale Borg”. They are obviously in the insurance business, insuring large national projects. For the image I created a backdrop with charcoal and I used fairly simple lighting, just some highlights below the ring.

Note the image below with the nice detail of the grenade and the subtle colour differences in both highlights and the darker areas.

Grenade detail dark black subtle colour

Army stiching hands green tekst tools


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This advertisement was shot for the Dutch army, who at the time were in search for doctors.

The army had already made a larger campaign that used the words “geschikt” (appropriate) and “ongeschikt” (inappropriate). We wanted to play around with the idea of healing and these two engaging words. The result: a surgical thread mending the appropriate response.

Army close1We tried different type sizes to find the right balance between the thread, hands and words. The challenge here was to keep the stitching thread tight, but not so tight as to lift the paper that was being stitched for the photo. The solution was to create the image using separate shots.

First, the thread being held by the clamps were shot. Second, we made a separate shot of the hands. Then, we combined both images using the computer. We used a greenish colour to reference not only the operating room, but also the green of army fatigues. As a contrast, the hands were given a hint of magenta to represent the human aspect of the job.

Finally, we recreated typeface using the computer because the sharpness of my photographs revealed little inkjet dots from the printing process. Sometimes, equipment can be too perfect!

Army close2

Moon jelly vancouver sea aquarium BC

Moon jelly

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Moon Jelly, Vancouver

The Vancouver sea aquarium in British Columbia, Canada, has a stunning jellyfish collection.

I decided to photograph the Moon Jelly (also called by its scientific name, Aurelia Labiatae). These beautiful creatures occur in large quantities throughout coastal waters. I was touched by the beauty of these creatures and amazed by the elegance in which they move through the water. The aquarium displays these creatures, each of them identical, against a very bright blue wall, which I retouched, of course, to suit my personal tastes. The result is otherworldly.