I had the honor of shooting at the Tove Lo concert at Le Botanique for Frontview Magazine last night. Tove Lo is a young Swedish artist that caught mainstream attention with her 2nd album Queen of the Clouds. Her electro pop is a little out of my comfort zone, but she put on a nice show at a sold-out Le Botanique.
I have a few more photos from last night, and you can view the complete album on the Frontview Magazine website.
In between work, housekeeping and all the other madness, I took a night off for some fun with friends. I met up with my buddy Bart and Joke for a shoot in Bart’s studio. We got out some snacks, a good whiskey, a latex dress and our cameras.
Joke is so much fun to work with. And she’s so nice that the only regret I have is that I don’t see her as much as I should. And I don’t get to work with her as often as I should… But you know… The madness…
But one thing is for sure: I look forward to my next shoot with her!
2 weeks of shooting, retouching and sleepless nights… To complete portfolio shoots for 5 models… A lot of work, but a lot of fun too. These 5 young ladies were scouted last summer to join a modelling agency of friends of mine. All 5 had asked if I wanted to do a portfolio shoot for them, and I gracefully obliged. I completed the shoots during the month of February. These are my favorite photos from those 5 shoots.
I love going to concerts, but I don’t like festivals. Here’s why:
- They serve overpriced warm beer in small plastic cups (and I don’t like draft beer);
- They sell lousy food that is often cold and too expensive;
- It’s too crowed on festival grounds for my liking;
- Half the people there come to be part of the experience, I just wanna enjoy the music;
- I don’t wanna camp out in a puddle of mud for 3 days to see a handful of bands I would wanna see live;
- Tickets are too expensive and they are only a third of what you will spend there.
I have been to plenty of festivals over the years: Rock Wechter back when it was still called Torhout-Werchter, Pukkelpop, Hard Rock Calling, TW Classic, Pinkpop, Suikerrock, Marktrock, … I’ve done my share. They all start out small and cozy and fun, but after a few editions they all suffer from the list above.
I know… I know… I know… 80000 persons go to Rock Werchter every year, over a 100000 join the madness at Tomorrowland and there is the 40000 or so that rock their socks off at Graspop. Does my list of reasons proves they are wrong? No! All those people buy they’re tickets for a good reason. And all those tickets sold proves there is a market for summer festivals.
Do all those sold tickets prove that I am wrong? Well… I don’t think so. As I said I have been to my share of summer festivals. I just don’t fit in there. So much so that I even don’t wanna go to a festival to see Springsteen. And if you know me, you know how much I like his music.
I was quite impressed with Calvin Harris opening for Rihanna a few years back. He played a nice DJ set. I didn’t know him at the time, so it was a serendipitous moment for me. I come across some of his music from time to time and I’ve even bought some of his songs on iTunes. But would I pay to see just Calvin Harris perform or to see him perform at Tomorrowland? Definitely not.
I’d love to go see Metallica. Should pay €80 or more for a day ticket to a festival–or worse, upwards of €200 for a 3-day ticket–and waist my day waiting for Metallica to come on stage? Please, don’t make me go through the ordeal of having to see 5 or 6 bands I don’t wanna see before Metallica comes on . I’m sure I will go see them at some point… You know: just Metallica and a pre-show artist maybe… Would I be willing to pay €100 or more? Most probably yes.
I’ve traveled half way around the world and to 7 different countries to see Bruce Springsteen perform. I’ve seen Faith Hill & Tim McGraw at Madison Square Garden and The Gaslight Anthem at Radio City Music Hall (in New York City that is), the Dixie Chicks at Royal Albert Hall in London, Billy Joel in Wembley Arena in London, Mylène Farmer and Patrica Kaas in Paris, Paul McCarthy in Köln, Kylie Minogue and U2 in Amsterdam, Jewel on her 1st performance in Belgium for little over 200 persons, …
I’ve seen bands and artists like Pink Floyd, Madonna, Britney Spears, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Spice Grils, Axelle Red, Hooverphonic, Bob Dylan, Isabelle A, Barbara Dex, Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Heather Nova, Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, The Indigio Girls, Simon & Garfunkel, Tegan & Sara, Emmylou Harris, Rihanna, Loïs Lane, Ilse DeLange and many more. Hell, I’ve even seen the Rolling Stones live and I’m a Beatles fan. And a bucket list of artists that will take me well into the next century.
You may not like my taste in music, but I go see 20 or so concerts every year, I have a collection of 2500 albums on CD and still growing, I am proud to say I buy all my music… One could say I do like music, no?
So please don’t judge my love for music based on the fact that I don’t wanna go to a music festival.
KSC is really an historic place: in the 60’s and 70’s NASA launched all Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions from here. And as a teenager, I used to sit in front of the TV and watch every Space Shuttle launch that would air. NASA has decided to retire their Space Shuttle fleet and they opened up a beautiful new Space Shuttle expo at the Cape.
I can not begin to describe how excited I was to meet Space Shuttle Atlantis. But let me say this: I did not say a word for 45 minutes… I just grinned. A big fat grin from ear to ear.
And I’m sure KSC’s role in history has not been played out yet. Their massive VAB building still stands and it’s being prepared for future missions to the moon and to Mars. As are the launch complexes 39, 40 and 41. They will be used by SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and NASA’s own SLS. NASA’s Orion 1 was out on the launch pad when we visited last November. It was successfully launched later in the year and will keep NASA flying well into the 21st century.
No visit to KSC is complete without paying tribute to those astronauts that got killed while doing their job. I always go to the monument that honors the crews of Apollo 1, Space Shuttle Challenger and Space Shuttle Columbia to salute the brave men and women that perished in the line of duty.
Kennedy Space Center, … Cape Kennedy, … Cape Canaveral, … Space Coast, … It doesn’t how you call it, it’s NASA‘s biggest space port and this place is iconic. No trip to central Florida is complete without a visit to the Cape. As a little kid, I was fascinated with anything that had to do with space travel. 1 visit to KSC was not enough: this was my 4th visit. 1 day at KSC is never enough: we spent 2 whole days at on the Space Coast last November.
I still remember the 1st time I was out there. I was in tears when I saw the Saturn V for the very first time. And it was as impressive last year as it was the 1st time I saw it. It’s a piece of history… Can you imagine? It took us to the moon!
Last week, I promised you the real thing, didn’t I? It’s not gonna get more real than this. Or maybe, … Wait, … There is more! ‘Cause KSC is also home to Space Shuttle Atlantis. Check back next week.
I met Steffi a couple years back when she was a contestant for Miss Fashion. I always liked working with her and it was always fun just to have a little chat with her in between shoots. She’s a busy girl, away from home a lot for work. It took us quite some time to get a shoot planned, so I was really happy to welcome her back to our studio. It was just as much fun as way back then.
Deep down, I’ve always stayed a little boy that likes Lego. There’s a Legoland in the Orlando area, so it should not come as a surprise that I went to visit while I was in Florida last November. And boy it was so much fun to see the Lego models of all those famous places in Florida like Miami Beach and Hemingway’s home and favorite bar in Key West.
It took me a little while to sort through my photos and retouch them. But there where so many and so my of my favorite places in the US. Here’s a few more: New York City–what else?–and The Capitol in Washington D.C.
Today, you’ll have to settle for this scale model of the Space Shuttle in Lego, next week I’ll have the real thing.
I like cooking. I like spending time in the kitchen. I find it very relaxing. And after a few years of experimenting in the kitchen, I’m slowly getting good at it. And since I like photography, it’s sort of a given to try and make a good pic of the food I prepare. And the good thing is, I get to eat the food too.
I did this pan fried filet of cod with a creme of peas and tarragon, pickled onion and chanterelle mushrooms last week.