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Roadburn, a little blog from an in-house photographer

This year will be my 8th edition of Roadburn! “The World’s leading underground festival for psychedelic, avant-garde, doom or any other variation of leftfield sonic pleasures that puch the boundaries of music”. That is a mouthful isn’t it? I can assure you; It really is!

It was after my 2009 edition that Walter ‘Mr. Roadburn’ Hoeijmakers (Artistic Director) noticed the pictures I took (for a long-lost webzine). He contacted me and told me the pics really stood out. By that time the Roadburn-blood already pounded my veins heavily, but this compliment got things ignited into inferno.

Since that first edition I got totally addicted to this festival, it’s sound, it’s people and it’s atmosphere. I became a crew-member; an ‘in-house photographer’. In 2014 I got my own huge (10 x 7 feet each) photo-exhibition during the fest. And, during the years, I did a lot of press-photography for Roadburn on which I’m proud of. Not to speak about my contribution of the daily magazine; ‘Weirdo Canyon Dispatch’. Where I feel very humble to work with some ace journalists from around the world.

This year also, I will make a few photo-contributions to the fest. I can’t give much details on it yet. But, my pictures will find there way to the crowd, the exact moment the crowd will find their ways through the fest. (…And I’ve got another thing going on too…)

Roadburn is a way of life. And it’s a privilege to be a small part of that family!

Here’s an impression of my 2014 exhibition:

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Sharing words – a visually impaired photographer

A while ago I was asked to share some words on being a visually impaired photographer. The odd thing about this little presentation was the crowd I had to speak to. They all had the same eye-condition as I am having; Achromatopsia! Every year there is a meeting of people with Achromatopsia and their relatives. I would guess there were 30/35 attending people or so. It was quit a crowd considering Achromatopsia is a rare eye-condition in Holland (… yes, that goes for the rest of the World too)

It was refreshing, peculiar maybe, to notice that there were no obvious reactions like I normally get. “Say what?”, “How is this possible?”, “Don’t you miss out on all of the action?” and “Aren’t you bored of not seeing those colors in the light-show?” Non of that.

My main pitches were: “You always get to stand in front of the crowd!”, “That big tele-objective gets the action closer to you!” and “Just use your camera to block-out the blinding lights out of your eyes!”. These things are actually very true. I consider these as great benefits. Especially (and I even forgot to mention this in my speech) the fact that I can always work directly in front of the stage, even in front of the crowd-banners, in the so called ‘photo-pit’ must be appealing to all people with such a bad sight.

We’ll see, my words might just have worked. Maybe someday, in the photo-pit, I’ll bump into another A-photographer!

Here’s a link to the facebook-event: Landelijke contactdag Achromatopsie 2016

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Ready for take-off

Holy guacamole, this guy Prosper Thaels is awesome! He’s an absolute master in creating websites. I owe this whole new ‘Home of Photography’ to him and I’m very grateful and extremely happy with it! Now it’s up to me to give you updates on all of my photography escapades. I might post a blog too once in a while. So, please feel free to take a look around!

This site is updated from January 2016. For any of you wondering where to find my huge photo-archive dating from 2008 ’till 2015; I left the grey-headed Achrome Moments Photography running.

Mr. Prosper Thaels - creator of this website

Mr. Prosper Thaels – creator of this website