Eli van Ingen – The InterviewPosted in 2012
As I mentioned in my previous post, I will be featuring some personalities, that I have worked and will be working with in the future, here on my blog. When I was still active in modeling for photography (for fun), I had the opportunity to work with Eli van Ingen, a photographer from Netherlands. Little did I know that he and his wife Rose will make a very big impact in my life. This couple travels a lot, I mean a LOT!! My dream life is their reality. Their stories inspired me to travel more and enjoy life. Eli gave me some tips on how to prepare for a photo shoot. After our meeting, he even emailed me with some guidelines. He is very professional and I love working with this kind of people. Last month, I was the one to invite them for an interview and once again it’s an honor that they squeezed me in their hectic schedule. Yay! It’s always fun to talk to this couple, never a dull moment. I am not going to waste more space just to tell you how fun it was! Here’s my interview with Eli…. TBDP: Did you go to a school/workshops to learn photography? ELI: No, I did not. I started when I was 14yo and my father gave me some books; most about technical aspects TBDP: How did you first get interested in photography? ELI: I was on a school trip and took pictures of my classmates. I worked on them in the school darkroom and I got very encouraging feedback. That inspired me to continue. TBDP: How do you describe your photographic style? ELI: In my travel photography, people play an important role. I like portraits, which I also do in my pictorials. Not sure if I have a real style. I like fashion photography. Leggy shoots are often specifically asked for by models. Mostly I like my pictures to be clear and crisp. I am obsessed with sharpness. TBDP: Who are your influences? ELI: In terms of my travel photography I aim at National Geographic quality, but I need to learn a lot more to get close. For pictorials I am inspired by Helmut Newton, in particular by some of his commercial work. TBDP: What projects are you currently working on? ELI: I am preparing for my first shoot with some (moderate) fetish aspects. It is extremely difficult to do it in an artistic way and very much is dependent on the personality of the model. TBDP: What kind of impression do you hope to leave upon other’s who see your photographs? ELI: I would be happy if people say “can I have something like that”, when they browse my pictorials. For the subjects of my pictorials my only objective is to deliver pictures that make them happy and wanting to come back for more. TBDP: What continually drives you to photography? ELI: Basically I want to have a visual record of parts of my life and be able to “re-live” my travels. In the Philippines I started to work with aspiring models to help them getting high quality photos for their portfolios. I always try to make time for “models” that approach me with concepts and themes they like and who are prepared to prepare well for a shoot. Personally I want to continuously improve. I want to progress from technically sound work towards capturing more expression and emotion. TBDP: You have contributed to some organization and magazine. Tell me a little bit about that project ! ELI: In print I have published photos in magazines like “Expatriate Travel and Lifestyle”, Lonely Planet PH magazine and a few others. Recently I have been working with Air France KLM airlines to produce a book about their Gawad Kalinga charity projects to commemorate their 60th year in The Philippines and the photo contest that KLM organised to select two talented Filipino photographers for a free trip to Holland. The result of the trips will be published in Lonely Planet PH and Digital Photography PH. TBDP: Will you ever feel like your work is completed? ELI: No. Technical parameters continue to change ad will offer new challenges and possibilities. As I said, depicting emotion and feelings is not my strongest side and I will continue to work hard on improving. TBDP: What quick advice do you have for someone who simply wants to improve their photography skills? ELI: Become member of a (model) photo community and look at and learn from as much photos as time allows. Participate in reciprocal critiques, but never feel discouraged by comments that are not what you like to hear. Also follow your heart while still being aware of trends. Don’t use Photoshop to cover-up for poor quality photography. Here’s one of my photos captured by Eli. Makeup by Rose. To see more of Eli’s photograpy, click here and be amazed!