La destilería de ron de La Aldea

La Unidad de Patrimonio Histórico del Cabildo de Gran Canaria me ha encargado hacer un reportaje fotográfico muy extenso sobre la riqueza patrimonial de la isla, para poder nutrir su recién estrenada página web. Este proyecto es un auténtico lujo para un fotógrafo, pues me ha abierto la puerta de muchos lugares a los que normalmente es complicado entrar.

Este es el caso de la destilería de Ron de La Aldea de San Nicolás. La destilería, que lleva décadas abandonada, es un auténtico poema. Uno de esos lugares que transmiten una energía especial. 

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

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.

 

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!

Fashion in the woods

At this point of my life, I've decided not to say NO to anything. I'm into experiencing everything. No matter what. I have become a "YES sayer" as I like calling myself. 

So when Malin Bernreuter, a fashion designer who lives here in Berlin, asked me some weeks ago if I wanted to photograph a piece she had created, I didn't it think twice. 

Fashion is not my specialty but the plan sounded fun. A day by Caputhen See, near Potsdam, in a forest in the middle of autumn. 

I'm glad I wasn't in Cathleen's (the model) skin. It was chilling. 5º C! And as you see, she didn't have much on... I would also like to point out Julie Skok's work. She was in charge of the hair and make up.

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