200 years ago Napoleon fought his last battle just near Brussels, in Waterloo.
As a photographer I started following the preparations of this biggest re-enactment ever in Europe half a year ago. I visited events all over Europe, and followed the re-enactors where ever they went.
The purpose of this living history is to learn people about what really happened, and the re-enactors take this very serious. From clothing, to arms and behavior or battle tactics.
A Prussian soldier rests after battle.
20150614 Ligny Belgium. The Battle of Ligny (16 June 1815) was the last victory of the military career of Napoleon I.Today it was re-enacted by 1500 people just a few days before the 200th birth day of Napoleon’s final loss at Waterloo.Bivouac of the French troups
I thought showing the surreal side of the war-tourism, re-enactment hobby and the passion of the people involved was an interesting subject. These images are from the Battle of Ligny, the last battle Napoleon won, just a few days before Waterloo, that he lost as you know.
They will become part of my project WAR IS GREAT already published as on my website. Hope to get it published later on.
For now event are all around, but the big event, Waterloo200 18th of June, was only for the event-photographers of major agencies and media, so I can’t even get in there.
Happily the smaller events, and focusing on the human side of the war-tourism, gave me enough footage and inspiration to work with.
Have a look at the story WAR IS GREAT and spread it if you like.
As a regular publicist on Production Paradise I saw them using my positive words on their mailing.
Showcases show all the best photographers/videographers/editors from a particular city and now they are focusing on Brussels again. And it really works. I got quite some leads and jobs just from being in there.
For a company in Brussels I was asked to do some group photography and head shots.
I would get everyone individually in front of my camera on location at their offices. But to get all coworkers at the same time on that location was impossible.
Another problem was the space itself. Big enough for a headshot or a small group, but not enough space for a group shot with 40 people in it.
So I came up with the idea to split the group shot into little groups.
The final picture would be used on their web page, and I suggested to do it in Black and White, so clothes wouldn’t distract from the website’s design.
After talking about the details I made 9 small group shots of about 4 people.
The final result was made in photoshop montage. It can be used as a web page image, and as a scrolling banner. The company was really happy with the result, as were all photographed coworkers.
The secret is to shoot every group from the same distance, with the same lighting, and same focal point.
Photographer Ed Wray was terrified the first time he encountered a masked monkey. Having lived and worked in Jakarta as a freelance photographer for years he was accustomed to seeing the animals, cruelly leashed by chains, jumping through hoops or riding trikes on the sidewalks. But the mask was a terrifying twist.
I work with Production Paradise. This month’s spotlight magazine focuses on Corporate photography, and I though it could be useful to spread the word and be in it. I like to vary in clients, so why not do corporate or events next to journalism?
Portraits are portraits, you know.
visit the magazine (I’m in between those photographers from New York and London, and I guess I’m the only one from Brussels but well… You can also just visit my corporate profile page.