No Place Like Home featured on Life Framer

My photo series about human (dis)connection with nature has been featured in the Life Framer Collection. In this on-going series I portray people that have been transplanted from their living room into nature landscapes.

The driving force behind this series is my frustration regarding how humans are (un)consciously ignoring the impact we have on our planet. We sweep our house clean, not (yet/anymore) realising we are all part of a bigger ecosystem. We currently have one planet. In order not to be overtaken by its limits1, we have to rethink our priorities.

Life Framer’s description of the Collection: “A virtual art space, dedicated to some of the talented photographers from our community, and updated on a weekly basis. Find out the stories behind some of our favourite images, and be inspired…”

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1. “Planetary boundaries” on Wikipedia

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No place like home

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home \ˈhōm\
1. a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household.
2. the place in which one’s domestic affections are centered.
3. an institution for the homeless, sick, etc.: a nursing home.
4. the dwelling place or retreat of an animal.

This photo is part of a series about something that has drawn my interest for a long time.
What this photoseries is about I will not yet reveal…
A few photos already in my portfolio will be part of this series.

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At last, thanks Juul for getting up early in the morning and standing on the ice in the freezing cold wind!!

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Eamon in the University server room

Eamon in the University server room.

For my monthly feature in Universiteitskrant Groningen I wander around in University buildings, looking for people whose job is often overlooked. The photo above you can find in the first issue of 2013, what happens to be the last printed edition. The Universiteitskrant decided to surf the wave of the digital age and future issues will be available digitally only.

Photographed is Eamon Nerbonne, software developer in the Donalds Smits Centre for Information Technology. He is working on the student- and study-informationsystem ‘Progress.NET’. In the background you see the servers on which ‘Progress’ is running. What you don’t see on the photo is the tremendous noise and heat coming from the computers!

Notice the differences and similarities with the previous photo for ‘Wout kijkt’. Over the past few decades our information systems have changed quite a bit.

UK1 (Wout kijkt: Eamon Nerbonne)

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Wout kijkt: Wim Braakman

Wim Braakman in the University Library

For the December issue of Wout Kijkt, my monthly feature for Universiteitskrant Groningen, I photographed Wim Braakman, who works at the University Library.

Wout kijkt: Wim Braakman

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This is the first photo for a returning section in Universiteitskrant Groningen called ‘Wout Kijkt’ (translates to something like ‘Wout Sees’), for which I portray employees of the University of Groningen.

Ákos Kovács

Ákos Kovács inspects biofilms under the stereomicroscope. Groningen, the Netherlands.

Ákos Kovács (35) is a postdoctoral researcher at the research-group Molecular Genetics. In the Centre of Life-sciences he investigates the development of biofilm by the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. A biofilm is a colony of bacteria that have attached themselves to a surface.

Ákos is interested in the genes involved in development of such a biofilm. To be able to study this, the investigated bacterium is genetically modified in such a way that a ‘special’ protein is being produced. This protein originates from a jellyfish and exhibits green fluorescence when exposed to blue light. Exactly this property allows Ákos to study the biofilm.

“A great feature of the microscope used here”, Ákos says, “is the possibility to create time-lapse videos”. A developing biofilm can be followed for some days and be displayed in a few seconds. In this way you can exactly see in what stage of development the biofilm starts exhibiting fluorescence.

Wout kijkt: Ákos Kovács

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The research-group Molecular Genetics in Groningen is specialized in examining the genetics of microbes at macro- and microscopic levels. The ‘iGEM team Groningen’ which has recently won the ‘2012 iGEM World Championship Jamboree’ was supervised by Molecular Genetics members.

Joris van Alphen did a great job in starting this photoseries, take a look at his website!

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the Last days of Adam

Time for an ‘oldie’ that I didn’t publish online yet. In 2011 this photo was exhibited at the Gruitpoort as part of ‘the Last days of Adam’ series. It was shot at the central station in Groningen. For this shot I was standing half-way on the street, so had to watch my back for approaching cars. I don’t think the cars had a problem noticing me however, cause I’ve never seen so many faces looking at us strangely. Nothing special, an old man with some bags of dirt standing still on the road, right?

Normally I always make a photo in a single exposure and try to keep everything as ‘real’ as possible, without post-processing other than color-correction. This time however, I didn’t manage to capture the man AND light-trails perfectly while the cars were driving past me. I preferred to look behind me and protect myself and tripod while shooting the light-trails 😉 To be able to pay full attention to the ‘old man’, these shots were made when the streets were more quiet. The multiple exposures were combined in photoshop.

the Last days of Adam

the Last days of Adam (single exposure)

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The perfect holiday II

Part II in "The perfect holiday" series

I’m a big fan of staged photography. Arriving at an inspiring location. Taking position. Framing. Setting up lights. Taking time to fine-tune the complete scene to the last detail. Then finally, pressing that button. The flashes fire and for a moment shorter than a millisecond your fantasy comes to life. At the same time that moment is immortalized by the camera. Voilá, an addictive formula: the possibility of making reality from the picture in your head. Bringing fantasies to life!

My favorites are deceptive photos. Photos with a different story than what seems on first sight. Photos that look idyllic, but raise questions when studied further. Then you might discover that perhaps the very same photo is not so idyllic after all…

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