Next Stop: Berlin

A good friend of mine, Gwen, asked me to help her with a personal artistic project. I was responsible for the photographs, something I really enjoyed. You simply have to see how skilled Gwen is at developing handmade models. It was a great experience to work with such a nice group of passionate people, to plan the photo shootings, to prepare the lighting, to process the final images…

Here you have Gwen’s own words describing the project:

Berlin is a non-conformistic refugee camp. People from all over the world who feel uncomfortable with the traditional social structures come to this city to experience an oasis of diversity, respect and creativity.

‘Next stop Berlin’ portrays young adults who have left behind their home in exchange for a new life. The arrival in this city does not immediately guarantee that this feels like a bed of roses. The first steps can be difficult and frustrating.

Does Berlin provide them what they hoped for?

In response to a number of interviews, the protagonists are each portrayed in a triptych. The triptych shows the unrestrained thoughts about the future that the protagonists had when they were young opposite their current life. The triptych show their wishes, desires, fantasies and fears.

The viewer creates his own story at each triptych. Through the lives of others, the viewer is encouraged to think about their own life and the choices they have made so far.

Concept and execution: Gwendolyn Noltes
Photography: Tomás Correa
Hair and make-up: Maike Bokma
Model I: Charlotte
Model II: Sjoerd

La Graciosa

La Graciosa is a little island without asphalt roads. An island where time got stuck, where stress is an unknown word, where life isn't necessarily the opposite of death.

Located north from Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, La Graciosa is a place that many relate to escape. And it's true. You can easily escape from your ordinary life here, from bad influences, from loud sounds... But can you escape from yourself? And in case you could, would you want to?

Sources of inspiration

Photo: Rubén Acosta

Photo: Rubén Acosta

There's been phases in my life where I've lost myself, where I've taken wrong decisions, where I've been surrounded by people that have sucked my energy... 

This is not the case right now. I feel like I'm doing what's correct in many different aspects of my life. Meeting good and creative friends has definitely helped me reach this point. One of these friends is Rubén Acosta, a real source of inspiration. 

Rubén, who's based in Lanzarote, is not only an excellent art photographer, he is also extremely good in wedding and lifestyle photography and even runs a book publishing company. Not to mention that he produces his own wine with relatives and grows delicious vegetables and fruits at home, among other personal projects.

Rubén has taught me that life is how you want it to be. It's hard work, but you simply have to be focused and believe in yourself. Thank you Rubén!

Photo workshops in Barcelona & Lanzarote

I love living in Berlin. It's a great town! But who wants to do a photography course outdoors with -20ºC? Apart from my photography workshops in Berlin I am offering now courses in two other outstanding photo locations. Barcelona, the ideal destination for image hunters in search of contrasts, and Lanzarote, a magical island which has always been an inspiration to many artists.

I have also created a brand new workshop The travelling photographer where we will unveil all the secrets of travel photography.

Feel like joining one of my photography courses and discover cool locations simultaneously? Visit www.pentaprisma.eu

Depicting the past

The Cueva Pintada Museum is located in Gáldar, in the north of Gran Canaria, Spain. It’s one of the most representative archeological sites in the Canary Islands. Cueva Pintada (Painted Cave) can be considered the “Sistine Chapel” of the island aborigines, the Canarii.

I’ve been commissioned to photograph a number of objects found on the site in different excavations along the last 30 years.

It’s been a very intimate experience. These are not mere objects. These utils were created, used, touched some centuries ago by ordinary people like you and me. It’s like if their energy was still present in these items. 

It’s been a great honour to have the chance to get this close to my past and have the freedom to depict it my own personal way.

 

New Photography Workshops in Berlin

After having spent some months away, I'm back in Berlin. I love it here! And I also love the fact that my spring-summer photo workshop season is about to start.

This year comes with many surprises. We are offering four different courses (and there're more to come) instead of two, as we had until last year. Three of them (Basic photography, Click the city! and Chasing emotions) take place in different cool places around Berlin, so you won't only learn photography, but will explore this fascinating town in a fun way. The other one (On mirrors and windows) will be given indoors and is oriented to the semantic side of photography.

Want to join any of them? I tell you something... You won't regret it! ;)

Photoshooting for ExamVision in Rotterdam

I was recently hired by the Danish company ExamVision to do a Photo shooting at their offices in Rotterdam. ExamVision produces top quality magnifying loupes for professionals, such as dentists or surgeons, that help them keep a better posture while working. 

It's been a wonderful experience. I've really enjoyed working with this professional team: Tamsin (client), Marcel (client), Bea (art director), Angelique (makeup artist), Thera (model) and Jasper (model). Thank you so much!

Last Times vs First Times

I’m on an airplane right now on my way to Berlin after having spent longer than usual in Gran Canaria.

A thought has often gone through my head these last few days; “This is the last time I do this before living”. The last time I meet my mother, the last time I hear the sea, the last time I go shooting on my photo series about agaves…

This is obviously a pretty melancholic thought and since I’m trying to stay away from sadness whenever possible, I decided I had to look for an optimistic approach. And I did find it!

There are so many “first times” that are to happen as I arrive to Berlin. The first time I enter my nice flat, the first time I meet this or that friend, the first time I lay by the canal… And the best of it; whereas “last times” are limited, “first times" are not! Soon I’ll be doing things in that amazing city which I’ve never done before! :)

I’m really willing to start with all the “first times” I have ahead. 

New Photo Workshop in Gran Canaria: On windows and mirrors.

I'm very happy to announce that I'll be soon be giving a new photography workshop in Gran Canaria: On windows and mirrors. How to tell stories with images.

I've been booked by the guys from ECFI (Escuela Canaria de Fotografía) to give a workshop focused in the conceptual side of photography. The idea is to focus in different techniques and working procedures to develop our way of looking at our surroundings (windows) and inside of ourselves (mirrors).

The workshop will be mainly practical and will be based on the main stages involved in the production of a series: thought, perception, development and presentation.

This photo workshop will last from the 6th till the 27th of February and will consist of 4 sessions (3 hours each) that will take place on Fridays (18:00-21:00 h.)

More info? Visit ECFI's site (In Spanish).