Deze Intensieve Expert Sessie: 'Fotoboek - van beeld tot publicatie' is voor professionele fotografen die als doel hebben een Fotoboek te ontwikkelen en te publiceren.
Wat komt er aan bod?In de lessen worden concrete onderwerpen behandeld en in opdracht meegegeven, zoals het verwoorden van je project, het zoeken van relevante partnerships, het maken van een plan, de productie (vormgeving en druk) planning, financiering en distributie. En daarnaast veel persoonlijke begeleiding en advies op inhoudelijke en zakelijke keuzes in jouw project.Door het programma te verspreiden over een langere periode is er ruimte om tijdens het traject nieuwe beelden bij te schieten, andere beeldkeuzes te maken of te starten vanuit de ideeën fase. Er zal, indien nodig dus ook in de bijeenkomsten aandacht worden besteed aan het fotografisch proces van het Fotoboek project, zoals nieuwe beelden of de edit.Niels Stomps zet zijn ervaring als fotograaf maar ook zijn netwerk en kennis in om de deelnemers verder te brengen. De groepen zijn klein en het niveau is hoog, zoals je van de Fotoacademie gewend bent.
Toelatingseisen:een afgeronde studie fotografie (hbo niveau) of aantoonbaar meerdere jaren ervaring als professioneel fotograaf op technisch/conceptueel niveau Selectie procedure:toelating op basis van digitaal portfolio of vooropleiding
At the start of the year I wil be working on the rooftops of Havanna.
Publication Dankzij Sem Presser Archief
19 September 2015
19th September 2015. I Can Hear The Waves is published in 'Dankzij SEM Presser Archief'. This photobook is an initiative of the Sem Presser Foundation.
German Magazine Kwerfeldein wrote about Sketch #05 Hold Still. Keeps me going..
15 May 2018
Happy to read what the German Magazine Kwerfeldein wrote about Sketch #05 Hold Still. Keeps me going..
Sketch Letter every Friday containing a new photographic sketch
27 April 2017
New Sketches coming up.
Over the course of a full year I will send out a Sketch Letter every Friday containing a new photographic sketch. It wil be hot from the press, unpublished and made over the course of that very week.
Whereas I can focus for years on a certain photo project, these sketch series are a valuable counterpart on my work. Its important to me to stay productive and actively keep on searching, working intuitively and playing with visual storytelling. To be on the lookout for meaningful things. Collecting and connecting myself with the things and people around me.
I decided to challenge myself by making a new sketch every week for over period of a year, and publish it without questioning too much what it is about. Anyway, I want to inspire myself and you by doing this. But i kind of need you as my audience to do this. So feel free to view the weekly sketch, or reply to these letters with questions, comments and suggestions.
Want these letters to, sent me an email just say: Yes. in the subject line.
Interview by Wired about the ongoing arctic project 'I Can Hear The Waves'
14 January 2016
Written by Laura Mallonee MORE THAN 400 years ago, the intrepid Dutch navigator Willem Barentsz set off on an expedition to find a northeast passage to Asia. Instead, he found the frozen archipelago of Svalbard, a place now inhabited by a small community of scientists who share his vision and pluck.
Niels Stomps photographed their remote and fascinating world for his series I Can Hear the Waves. Set against a barren yet beautiful backdrop, his images show researchers busily launching weather balloons, taking ice cores and checking on their experiments. They live in a brutal place, but are undaunted. “The scientists are more or less modern-day explorers,” Stomps says. “They want adventure, and they are so curious that they are not afraid.”
Svalbard is an archipelago of eight small islands. The largest, Spitsbergen, is midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole and hospitable enough for human habitation. It is an ideal outpost for Arctic research, which explains why some 20 countries have research centers there, studying everything from Arctic wildlife to shrinking glaciers. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault holds more than 800,000 seed samples from 5,100 plant species, and the Kjell Henriksen Observatory is among the best places to view Northern Lights.
Stomps is fascinated by science and research, so Svalbard was an obvious destination. “One of the main reasons for this project is that I want to be a scientist too,” he says, “and I kind of feel that way in a photographic sense.”
The Dutch photographer first visited the archipelago for a week-long trip in February, 2009. At that time of year, snow blanketed the ground and the nights were just four hours long. He was struck by how crisp, dry, and clean the air felt, so clear that everything look enhanced. “The shapes are so sharp it’s like someone used too much sharpening in Photoshop,” he says.
He’s since made six trips to Svalbard. Stomps photographed in Longyearbyen, the archipelago’s largest village home to around 2,000 scientists, students and workers. He also visited the desolate mining towns of Pyramiden, now abandoned and Barentsburg, which Russia has recently begun to market to tourists.
Some locations were less accessible than others, and some required special permission to visit. It took him more than a year to photograph Ny-Alesund, a tiny scientific settlement reached only by sea or air. Once a launching point for explorers headed to the North Pole, today it hosts roughly 35 scientists from 10 countries. Stomps met many of them in the mess hall, where they chatted over meals. “They were so fascinated by [their experiments] that they could talk about [them] all day, every day,” Stomps says.
Many of the scientists he met in Svalbard were happy to have him tag along as they went into the field. He found keeping his gear working challenging. Temperatures often dip below zero, so the photographer worked with a digital Hasselblad and kept the batteries tucked in his clothes, against his chest. Still, he often found the camera needed a few seconds to respond when he tripped the shutter. Stomps also had to be keenly aware while out on the tundra, as locals warned of polar bears who often get curious and hungry.
It’s not always clear at first glance what’s happening in each image, but that sense of mystery pushes Stomp’s project into poetic territory. The photos aren’t a documentation of the science, but a celebration of the optimism and adventure that drives the scientists. “We always want to go further, to explore,” Stomps says. “It puts us in danger. It makes us vulnerable. But in the end it’s what makes us human.”