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The beginning of DARKPHOTOZ

It’s hard to say where it al started but one thing that definitely motivated me to pick up the camera again was the band Besarabia. It’s a balkan klezmer band from Valencia and my wife who is a violinist happens to be part of the trio. So it was more or less an unspoken rule that I, as visual artist, started to document the band.

For a long time I never wanted to have anything to do with photography. I had a camera to make pictures and to document my paintings but I never used it as a artistic tool. I never saw any reason and used my creative side to make paintings and drawings.

Maybe it’s because my father was a photographer too and I did not want to start a competition. He was always there with his camera so why should I start and do the same… Although he explained to me a thousand times how aperture and shutter speed worked I never really immersed myself in it. Photography was not for me.

Sure I did it at art school, classic photography before Photoshop could handle anything larger then 500k and was still in black and white. And developing film in the darkroom, I still smell the acid baths. It all had something mysterious and familiar but in the end I choose painting as a graduation and dropped photography.

But apparently the gene pool is stirring up and the photography virus has finally caught up with me. It probably happened as I bought a new Nikon D3500 to make photo’s of my paintings and some casual photo’s of my wife’s band as well. I had not anticipated the door of the new world that I was about to enter.

As many of the venues I come across are dark I bought myself a lens with a wide aperture as I needed all the light I could catch in the room. I noticed on the down side though that I could not zoom in or out. Neither could I catch the whole band in the picture. As I didn’t have much money for other lenses I decided to stick with the 50mm lens and explore it to the max.

I noticed that although the advantage of the zoom lens was taken away with the 50mm lens it gave me a huge artistic advantage. I had more and more a connection with the subject I was making pictures of. I was closer to it and as such I felt it easier to transport the feeling of the subject into a picture. I saw the camera not any more as a tool to document but actually more as a tool to make an artwork.