Photographing “Music with Strangers” Live at Popei
“Music with Strangers” is a collective of amateurs, yet serious, musicians from Eindhoven. They meet every week to rehearse and teach each other music. The various bands that emerge from the collective regularly play in the cafes of Eindhoven , and twice a year they host a big concert on the stage of the Popei music hall. The venue has a professional lighting equipment and smoke machines, which makes it easy to capture colorful and moody shoots. So here a selection of pictures from their live concert, the pictures are pretty much straight out the camera. The complete photo album is published on my Flickr photostream
For this theme we have chosen to realize low-key images, using a black background and a lighting with high contrast for a dramatic effect. Many people came with make-up and costumes, and we could use the shishas in place of smoke machines! In post processing I added textures to the backgrounds and a color grading to the shadows, and here it is, all the pictures can be found on their facebook page, and here is my selection :
On Saturday September 26th happened the biggest ever edition of Pop in the City, the urban adventure race for women in Europe, gathering almost 700 participants.
It was a good fun to run along the participants from down to dusk and to discover with them the hidden gems of the European capital. The highlight of the day was certainly to photograph them going down a zip-line from the roof of a Basilica from a height of 50 meters.
I worked recently on a new collaboration with the Cocktailbar Mundial. It started by taking pictures of the venue, and covering their parties. But a photographer can do more than simply taking pictures to promote such a place, by also being part of the entertainment. This is how we installed a photo booth during a ladies night event, together with the fellow photographer Sahare Studios. The customers loved it so there gonna be more of it in the future !
On Saturday September 13th happened the 5th edition of Pop in the City, the urban adventure race for women in Europe. This time it was taking place in Porto (Portugal) and besides visiting the city it was fun to be part of it as a photographer. The event started at 8am in the morning fog of the Rio Douro and ended at night on a private sand beach resort. Demanding, but rewarding…
During the event I had the chance to photograph the participants rappelling from the roof of a 70m tower, to visit the kitchen of a Portuguese restaurant cooking “Francesinha”, and to take wonderful portraits in front of the sunset at the beach. Oh and of course, hundreds of smiling faces…