Through The Past (1)

Plumeau en Henny  de kapper - © Hans van der Kamp

1977, Utrecht. It would be nice to say that I was working my way through college by working different jobs, but in fact I didn’t see much of the Art Academy. I had random jobs. I would also work as a photographer for the Adonis Bar, a gay club situated at the city’s main canal Oude Gracht.

Occasionally I had a job at a factory producing tooth paste and I even managed to keep a steady job at UFAC, the main photo laboratory of the city for a few months. Mostly however I was diverting my time between getting drunk at student parties or hustling the local gay scene. A young man or boy with acceptable looks and a diverse sexuality truly is blessed in this world.

Soon I became the main photographer of the Adonis Bar and I would be summoned in the middle of the night by Henny the Hairdressser (middle) or Plumeau, the local Drag Queen celebrity. They would ask me to document just about every adventure they embarked on. Such as this nightly ride in a carriage rented from a company specializing in wedding ceremonies.

Much like today this was not without danger. They were sitting high and dry and I was running along the pavement to capture the glamour of it all. I was charging one guilder for each photograph they liked. I have had worse jobs in my life.

Hans van der Kamp Photography at KamaSutrA Festival

Hans van der Kamp

Hans van der Kamp Photography at KamaSutrA Festival

On September 30 the KamaSutrA Festival kicks off and an ArtCrazed crew will be there to promote Hans van der Kamp Photographs and The Kinky Web.

A complete mobile photo studio has been built, so that visitors can be photographed by master photographer Hans van der Kamp at the festival. A video will be played with ‘behind the scenes’ footage of actual photo shoots at the Amsterdam studio.

Van der Kamp is strongly connected to The Kinky Web through photographs, drawings and text and with the help of ArtCrazed he will also promote The Kinky Web with a brand new poster showcasing one of his best works and plenty full colour folders for those of you who still need to be introduced to The Kinky Web and Van der Kamp’s work.

For more information visit the KamaSutrA Erotic Festival site.

The festival will be open for visitors on September 30, October 1 and 2. Opening hours: Fri: 15:00PM – 01:00 AM / Sat: 12:00AM – 01:00AM – Sun: 15:00PM – 21:00PM

We hope to see you there!

The KamaSutrA Erotic Festival is located at the Jaarbeurs Hallen in Utrecht, Hall 1. How to get there? We strongly advise visitors to come by public transport but if you decide to use your own transport, here is your itinerary:

KamaSutrA Erotic Festival
Jaarbeursplein 6, Hall 1
3521AL Utrecht
Phone: +31302955911