The New Site


 
This new site is a make-over of the old one dating back to 2016. Although the previous one was responsive, this one is even better for use on phones and tablets. I am no fan of smart phones, but I do like to adjust to people visiting my site.

Also, this site is way easier for me to update and I sincerely hope I will have more updates in 2018. You will find four new sections in the portfolio:

21st Century Madonnas – My take on blasphemy
Mistresses – A selection of photographs I made for Dominatrixes over the last three years
The Russians Are Coming! – A satyrical approach to the Cold War revival
Dollification – About human dolls. A series in need of expansion

I hope you will appreciate this new set-up and I hope to hear from you soon!

21st Century Madonnas

A promise kept

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While doing the make-over of this site I found a post about Dollification. In that text I promised to feature dolls in my portfolio. As I now realize, I never did.

Maybe this was caused by a lack of models. Dolls are hard to find. It is easy enough to turn any human into doll, but I am no fashion photographer. I am always looking for real people doing what they love to do.

At age 50 I decided to start photographing all fetishes. A project I naively calculated to take at least five years. Now I understand that no photographer will ever finish such a job even if he had nine lives like a cat. But the process in itself is a wonderful journey too.

Today I posted a portfolio page with dolls. I will be adding more photographs along the way.

Click here to go to the Dollification page.


The 40th Anniversary of the Rockers series


I can hardly grasp it, but it is 40 years ago that I ditched the advertising agency I was doing product photography for and started working on the Rockers series. I made thousands of photographs and the project at first almost left me broke, but over the years it became my bestselling project. The photographs are still popular and at times I feel like an old rock band on a come back tour with a public shouting to do my first hit once over.

Of course I am also very proud of this series. During this series a certain style of portrait photography evolved and up to this day I am faithful to that photographic approach.

This is a good time to start thinking about a book and my friend Norm came over to Amsterdam to write some poetic prose about the subject and we made this short movie to hopefully encourage people to buy the book that will be published in 2018.

Open House and Group Exhibit at Zuiderkerk

Filmed by Max van der Kamp.

I was working on the 21st Century Madonnas series when I heard that this year’s group exhibit of local artists of the Nieuwmarkt area was planned to be at the Zuiderkerk, an impressive church around the corner of where I live. I was to select one work for this group exhibit of seventy artists and I had immediately ruled out the 21st Century Madonnas series I was working on. That would be blasphemy. My strict Catholic upbringing occasionally shows in my decisions.
But the idea of exhibiting one of my 21st Century Madonnas in that giant church built in 1603 became irresistible.
So, after a night of feverish dreams and falling out of bed once, I decided to select one of the 21st Century Madonnas for the group exhibit.
 
Much to my surprise the work was accepted. There was a church service just before the exhibit reopened Sunday on 12:00, but no real protests were heard. The show was a success and I had an unexpected large number of people visiting my modest studio and of course this website.

Here is the the work as exhibited in full detail:

21st Century Madonnas Tess
 

Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt

Open house at Hans van der Kamp Photography on Saturday October 7th and Sunday October 8th 2017. You are all most welcome to look around in my modest studio and have a look at both recent and older works.

I will also be participating in the ‘Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt‘ at the Zuiderkerk, October 7 and 8 from 12:00 – 18:00. Seventy (!) artists of The Nieuwmarkt area in Amsterdam will be participating.

21st Century Madonnas, the sequel

21st Century Madonnas

I believe I started working on this series somewhere in 2008 and I never finished it. I continued working on it recently and I am looking for more models, please have a look at my pious request below this picture. We are living in an age of Holy Wars and blasphemy is mostly directed towards Islam. With the Christian Fundamentalists in the US about to ruin the whole world, I thought it was time to have a closer look at the icons of our own culture of Devotion, Immaculate Conception, Denial and Self-chastising.

My request (in Dutch) for more models to work with on this series: