Royal Madness

it came as a nice surprise when we found out that we’d be covering the crowning of the new dutch King, Willem Alexander, together. Julius for De Volkskrant and Lucas for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
So it happened that we hit Amsterdam’s streets together during these days of orange madness. Hundreds of thousands of spectators came to witness the event. Security was tight because the events of Beatrix‘ crowning 33 years ago were not forgotten. Back than the protest against the monarchy ended up with war like scenes on the Dam Square. In 2013 however, the anti monarchy protests in the capital were limited to a few dozen people.
Most people dressed up in orange, got pissed and partied like a bunch of lunatics. The two of us pushed ourselves through the jammed streets of the center as good as possible trying to capture the mood of the celebration. It was good fun but exhausting and after two days of it we were also glad to not only see orange anymore.

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Koninginnedag - Den Holländischen Nationalfeiertag feiern viele Niederländer in orangefarbener Kleidung auf ausgelassenen Strassenpartys die Nacht hindurch in den Geburtstag von Königin Beatrix, die in diesem Jahr ihr Amt an ihren Sohn Willem übergibt

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Koninginnedag - Den Holländischen Nationalfeiertag feiern viele Niederländer in orangefarbener Kleidung auf ausgelassenen Strassenpartys die Nacht hindurch in den Geburtstag von Königin Beatrix, die in diesem Jahr ihr Amt an ihren Sohn Willem übergibt

Koninginnedag - Den Holländischen Nationalfeiertag feiern viele Niederländer in orangefarbener Kleidung auf ausgelassenen Strassenpartys die Nacht hindurch in den Geburtstag von Königin Beatrix, die in diesem Jahr ihr Amt an ihren Sohn Willem übergibt

Koninginnedag - Den Holländischen Nationalfeiertag feiern viele Niederländer in orangefarbener Kleidung auf ausgelassenen Strassenpartys die Nacht hindurch in den Geburtstag von Königin Beatrix, die in diesem Jahr ihr Amt an ihren Sohn Willem übergibt

Koninginnedag - Den Holländischen Nationalfeiertag feiern viele Niederländer in orangefarbener Kleidung auf ausgelassenen Strassenpartys die Nacht hindurch in den Geburtstag von Königin Beatrix, die in diesem Jahr ihr Amt an ihren Sohn Willem übergibt

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Koninginnedag - Den Holländischen Nationalfeiertag feiern viele Niederländer in orangefarbener Kleidung auf ausgelassenen Strassenpartys die Nacht hindurch in den Geburtstag von Königin Beatrix, die in diesem Jahr ihr Amt an ihren Sohn Willem übergibt

Friday-Project: Senegal Artisan Portraits

Florian and I are still in Africa, participating the Amsterdam Dakar challenge. We just arrived in Dakar and had a day off yesterday.

We used the time to start shooting a portrait series about craftsmen working along the streets or in their little shops.

Today we will head on towards The Gambia where our car will be auctioned to support a health-care project.

Here the foundations website: http://www.kambengo.nl

Omar Faye, 19, Mechanic

Ousman Sarr, 20, Engine fitter

Ada Faye, 15, Painter

Lale Seck, 23, Butcher

Mamadou Nihllo, 22, Car-cleaner

Djeneba Beyei, 40, melon-dealer

Daouda Faye, 25, Car-mechanic

Mamadou Diallo, 31, Tailor

Julius logging-story in National Geographic

After almost 6 months of travelling in Asia, Julius is back home in Holland / Germany!
»The best surprise was, when I arrived on Amsterdam Airport, I found my logging story from Canada in the current issue of the Benelux National Geographic Magazine.«
Next to that, there is also a portrait of the Dutch scientist »Tom Bade« in the same edition. It is part of a portrait series about leading scientists, which Julius shoots monthly for National Geographic.

Evicting a squatter stronghold.

Last week I got the assignment to photograph the eviction of a squattered house in central Amsterdam. The place was called »Schijnheilig«, which means something like »sanctimonious« and can be considered as a kind of stronghold of the squatter scene in Amsterdam. I reached the place at sunrise at around 5:30 am, shortly before the police arrived. The demonstrators set up some barricades from tables and benches which they had anchored on the street. Four or five guys were chained onto huge concrete-blocs and also a bunch of black-block guys were there.

The police cleared the scene pretty quickly and forced the demonstrators back onto a slightly bigger street. Here they were closed in from two sides. After some undercover-police-thugs picked out a few »badboys« of the crowd, the whole bunch of around 200 remaining demonstrators were told to be arrested. Unfortunately they didn’t really care, that I’m a press photographer and so finally me and my writing college were arrested too. Handcuffed and a bit angry we were brought to a cell complex, were they took the beautiful Polaroid photo of me, which they plugged onto the cell door. At least I was allowed to keep it.

Meeting the »Seashepherds« on Tasmania.

End of last year, I travelled to Australia for a story about the »Seashepherd conservation society«. Every year the group of marine and wildlife activists launches a huge campain to the Antarctica to chase the Japanese Whaling-fleet. This year the campain contained 3 vessels: The »Steve Irwin«, the »Bob Barker« and their new top gun, the stealth boat »Gojira«. Their big goal was to detain the Japanese fleet from killing any whales throughout the hunting-season. The campain usually takes about 3 months and was lounged for the 7th time. From the perspective of the Sea Shepherds, this year’s campain was a big success, as after a few days of chasing the »Nisshin Maru« factory ship, the Japanese returned home. With this retreat, the Japanese officially ended the 2011 hunting season in the southern ocean. After information of the Sea Shepherds, the whaler’s didn’t even take 10% of their quota. Anyways, I think at the moment the Japanese have much bigger problems to deal with!

Together with a college I travelled to Hobart on Tasmania, to cover the campaines preparation and to interview the founder of the society, Captain Paul Watson.

On search for Orka-whales in northern Norway

A few weeks ago, I’ve been on assignment in northern Norway. Together with a writing college, we flew from Amsterdam via Oslo and Bodø to Narvik.Narvik is a small town, which can be seen as the getaway to the islands of the Lofoten. From here we boarded an old Fishing boat, and started our trip towards the islands.
The next days, we basically cruised around to find the Orkas, unfortunately without any success…!
We later found out, that we were not just unlucky…. Until a few years ago, huge numbers of Orkas were visiting the sheltered waters around the islands regularly to feed on there main pray, the Herring. At this time the chance to meet them was almost hundred percent.
But in the last decade, the commercial fishing industry targeted the Herring heavily. Within a few years the population around the Lofoten was almost exterminated, and with the overfishing and the disappearance of the Herring, the Orcas also didn’t come back.
»They are still there«, explains our captain, »Somewhere far out on the ocean, they are looking for Herring.«

For our story, this fact was a little challenging. A reportage about whale watching without seeing any whale, doesn’t appear very authentic! So my college changed the story a little bit and wrote about the facts of the disappearance of the whales as well as the flair on the old fishing boat and the pure beauty of the Lofoten at wintertime. I provided the photos.
Around two weeks ago the story was published as the opening-story for the weekly travel section of the Volkskrant.

How to kill a horse

A while ago I got the assignment to photograph at a slaughterhouse for horses. In fact there are too many private held horses in the Netherlands, so people are trying to sell them on the Internet. This, in many cases doesn’t work because there is just no need for these high number of animals. Especially when the horses suffer from something that impacts there function as a sport horse in a negative manner.

I photographed at a slaughterhouse before, but I was still excited when I got on this assignment. Anyhow there is a difference between seeing a pig rather than a horse dieing. It is probably because today a horse is nothing more than a pet for us. There is no longer any economical need for dobbins or working horses like a 100 years ago. Next to that horses do not get reared to feed the human race like pigs or cattle do.

But I also think, if you eat meat, you should be aware of where it is coming from. At least we should keep in mind, that the in plastic wrapped peace of meat in the supermarket was an animal before.

Anyways, I spend some hours photographing the slaughters following their work. This is how it looks:

Julius is now associated with the Dutch newspaper »De Volkskrant«

Julius just moved to Amsterdam to start his job for the daily Dutch newspaper »De Volkskrant«. The paper, which is one of the biggest in the country, distinguishes itself through a high standard of photo-quality.
From now on Julius will be working for at least 6 month as an affiliated photographer for the paper.

You can reach him on his German phone as usual or on his new Dutch number:
German: +49.151.15 54 77 47
Dutch: +31.685.10 02 72

Florian and Julius just finished their assignment for »GEO Saison«

A couple of days ago, Florian and Julius came back from their assignment for the German travel-magazine »GEO Saison«.
They’ve spent around 9 days photographing in southern France.

»We definitely had a good time down there, eventhough the metier of travel-photography was very new to us. Usually as a photojournalist you are focused on things that doesn’t work too well in our society. Most likely you are telling stories of problems, issues and difficulties.
So sometimes it was strange for us to always look out for the beautiful things around us. But we are very satisfied with the result and we definitely acquired a taste for the metier of travel-photography!«

The photos will most likely be published in the February issue next year.

German photo-magazine refers to Kollektiv25

The german photo-magazine »Profifoto« reports on our collective. On page six of the newest issue you can find an introduction of our characters and you get an idea of our philosophy.

Next to that, we had some other online-publications in the last weeks. Here is a list with links, refering to photos and interviews of us.

Flare – Magazin für junge Fotografie
Augenblicke – Fotomagazin
Photo Presse – Online News
Urbanshit – Blog für StreetArt und urbane Kultur
fotoMagazin – Online Magazin