About two months ago, I was asked by Schrijf-Schrijf to take portraits for the annual report of the Maag Lever Darm Stichting (MLDS). The MLDS is an independent foundation that has been trying to prevent and to fight stomach, colon and liver diseases as well to provide information and support for people dealing these diseases, for the past 30 years. In order to do so they have been raising funds and cooperating closely with researchers, the government, patients and volunteers.
My job was to photograph 6 duo’s who were somehow related; a former cancer patient and his wife, two men from the Board of Trustees, someone who donates money together with someone who donates his time by going door-to-door collecting money, two researchers, et cetera. I met them at home, at the train station or at their place of work and in different cities across the Netherlands. Thanks for letting me borrow the car, mom:)
Single image: a former colon cancer patient and his man supporter, his lovely wife, photographed in their home.
Series of images, from left to right: two supporters who cycle the Zuiderzeeklassieker each year in order to raise funds, a donator and a volunteer, two members of the Board of Trustees.
Listening to: Alex Turner and FFS
Posted in new work, portrait
Tagged annual report, cyclists, duo, husband and wife, Kathalijne Van Zutphen, Maag Lever Darm Stichting, MLDS, Portrait, schrijf-schrijf, volunteers
A couple of months ago a really good friend of mine came to visit the Netherlands together with his beautiful, and pregnant, wife. I had the pleasure of spending time with them and photographing them at his parents house. It’s been quite a few years since I did a pregnancy shoot and this was only the 4th ever.
It’s so cool to see a friend again after both of us lived abroad for a couple of years and to see him now as a married man and parent-to-be.
I did not realize it at the time of the shoot but things changed for me as well. The shoot brought me out of a photography funk and general career doubt. Less than two weeks later I started a new job; in a new line of work and in a new city. Change is apparently good as photography work has been flowing since as well:)
There was one thing in particular that stuck in my mind all through last year; somebody told me that trying to get somewhere in the photography business can feel like wading through heavy, sticky mud and you may get stuck for a while, but you’ll never reach the other side unless you continue. Well, that was pretty much my mantra for the entire year;)
About a month later a beautiful baby girl was born. Good days, indeed:)
Listening to Shocking Blue, Black Hotels and Daryll-Ann
Posted in new work, portrait
Tagged at home, couple, intimacy, Kathalijne Photography, Kathalijne Van Zutphen, love, man, parents to be, Portrait, pregnant, woman
I was asked by copy-writing agency Schrijf-Schrijf from Utrecht to photograph all employees for their website. The website has a serious vibe and they wanted photographs to reflect that they were professional yet young and informal agency. I suggested taking i-phone pics during an typical office day as well as taking more official portraits. They could use the “social snaps” in an Instagram kind of way, to off set the more serious portraits.
Portraits of 4 out of 8 employees
The Social Snaps
Listening to some older Warpaint – “Undertow” and some new Jamie XX
I’ve been posting a mix of old and new, commissioned or i-phone pics on Instagram for a while now. You can find me at kathalijnedotcom. Would love to see you there as well :)
Ai, looking at that live shot of Elle Bandita sure makes me want to take her portrait as well. What a cool chick.
Listening to O.V. Wright and Mark Lanegan
I was asked by an agency (Schrijf-Schrijf) to take portraits for 3 different RuimBaan-magazines from FCB. FCB Magazines are aimed at either professionals working in Child Services or parents who are dealing with Child Services for various reasons.
All 3 magazines have a similar series called ‘BaanBrekend” wherein a (different) professional is interviewed about their ground-breaking work. I have to shoot 3 different images per person. It’s a really great job; the creative briefing allows for a lot of freedom plus I get to meet people who are doing something revolutionary in a very difficult field of work. Pretty cool :)
Levi van Dam, Claudia Doesburg, Veronika Nab
Examples of the 3 articles and the way the images are used
Listening to some old PJ Harvey and new Palace
I was invited to attend a workshop by famed jazz photographer Jimmy Katz on July 7th. And I’m pretty darned pleased I had the opportunity to do so. I find it super inspiring to hear masters talk about their craft.
Jimmy Katz is pretty much the most important photographer working in jazz today. He has shot portraits of Sonny Rollins (one of my favorites), Ornette Coleman, Ray Charles, BB King, the list goes on and on. Definitely worth doing a Google search :) There is great video on YouTube shot by the local TV station about the exhibition of his work at Kasteel Woerden, which also provided the opportunity to organize the masterclass.
All in all it was a pretty hectic day as I had to go to work in the morning and rushed to Woerden as soon as I was able to leave. There were quite a few other photographers already and I found it a little bit daunting when I walked in. Who are all these people? Will I look like a sucker when I show my work? Thank goodness I saw a few familiar faces as well and pretty much fit right in. Hearing Jimmy talk about his own work was pretty amazing.
We all had the opportunity to show our own work which is as exciting as it is scary. Fortunately, I received a good review :) Jimmy’s wife Dena was also present during the whole day and it’s cool to see just how in tune they are with each other, personally and professionally. They both seem to represent a different aspect of being great photographers, making them a very successful pair indeed. I actually really enjoyed talking to Dena, she has such a fantastic technical eye and pays great attention to detail. She showed me a few things that I could improve on in a very positive and constructive way.
Jimmy Katz reviewing my work
Jimmy Katz reviewing work during the masterclass at Kasteel Woerden
Posted in Swimming Upstream
Tagged Dena Katz, jazz photography, Jimmy Katz, Kasteel Woerden, masterclass, music, ortfolio, photography, reviews, the netherlands, workshop
I entered the London Photographic Association’s ‘Let’s Face It’ Portrait Award earlier this year and received some awesome news:) My portrait of a father and daughter (below) has been awarded Silver, and my portrait of young South African Tshepo Moche came in Highly Commended.
You can read the short interview right here: Kathalijne van Zutphen. The full profile is right here.