telling stories with images
Ending up working as a video editor and director for Dutch television was never a big surprise. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with cameras and the way you can use them to tell a story. At family events, I was always the guy behind the video camera. I’d spend hours afterwards editing the material (on VHS!) and adding music.
But it’s been fairly recent that I’ve started getting interested in still images. There’s something about photography that forces you to look at the world differently. Partly, that’s due to the fact that you can’t take three minutes or a half hour to tell a story. You have to do it in a single moment. It forces you to make choices about what you want to show and what you think is important in a visual story.
That’s the biggest challenge, and I think it’s what makes photography so interesting. Sometimes, a shot taken in a single moment in time can say more than 30 minutes of film.
The combination of photography and travel seems like such an obvious one to me. When I travel, I often just want to take a moment home with me. The whole thing: sounds, colors, smells, light – all of it. That’s impossible, of course, but I’ve found that taking a good photo seems to jog the memory in a way that brings all of those fragments of memory just a little closer.
Wherever I go, I’m most interested in people. How they live, what their culture is like, what their daily habits are – I just get absorbed by imagining what it’s like to live like they do. Photographing them presents an extra challenge: to get them to act naturally while you point your camera at them.
With every trip, I’m falling a little more in love with photography. I hope you love my photos as well!
PS: If you’re interested in my work for TV, be sure to visit remon.tv.
What I shoot with
Canon EOS 5D MIII
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 III
- Hoya Filters
DJI Mavic Pro
- PolarPro Filters
- Olympus 50mm f/1.8
- GoPro Karma Grip