tough decisions in life

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a little resume

I have studied to be a graphic designer, that led to a degree back in 1991. I have worked in several pre-press studio’s and a packaging design agency before starting my own company, not in graphic design but in 3D rendering services. I was rather successful, with clients such as product developing companies Barco, Melexis, SAS winches, Duco, Marketing agencies, artists such as Mark Manders, André Rieu, next to a lot of architects and project developers.

I loved being on the front edge of new products, developments, technologies, events, and being able to provide marketing material for these customers. I did this on my own, and home based. Very convenient, but in the end also very lonely as a job. Orders were sent by email, some explanation on the phone if necessary, and finished jobs were sent out by email as well, or by means of online data transfer sites like wetransfer. This meant that in the following years, I had no social contacts anymore. I went looking for a solution, and this showed up in photography. I had started a weekend class in photography when I had just left my studies, but never finished it. Honestly because I was a bit discontent about the chemicals being poured down the drain. (talking about film photography at that time)

But I never really quit photography, and with every job change, I looked for a job related to photography in some way. This has made me decide back in 2009-2010 that I wanted to pick up classes again to further build my photography skills.

I could do some exams to skip some classes, as I was familiar with photography basics (from the two years I did previously) and with retouching (from my graphics background) and I sped up the process by taking two classes at a time. Very soon I could enrol a job into teaching Adobe Lightroom in the same institution I was following my own finishing classes. A kind of a strange situation but it turned out well as most of the students I gave classes to didn’t even realise I hadn’t finished my studies yet.

At the same time I started following classes again I also started portraying women, which led to the portfolio you can see on this website. This started as being very occasionally, but I got more and more into it, and tried to use every free moment of time to get a shoot planned.

Very soon I had a larger amount of classes to teach, and I tried being more selective in my clients/jobs in my self owned business, but nevertheless I worked like 4/5 in teaching classes 3/5 in doing 3D rendering jobs and 1/5 self organised photography shoots.

Too much indeed, so last year in november I announced to all my clients for 3D rendering that I would finish this service, look for somebody interested in acquiring the client base, and only do photography jobs from 2017. I found nobody interested so I had to disappoint some of my customers for sure, some still are customers for photography services, one is hard to convince and stubborn in still giving me 3D rendering jobs. I announced yesterday that I will no longer be of service from 2018 on.

why tough decisions, well, 3D rendering services have long been a good source of income to me, and they still were in 2017, it has paid my photography investments in material, exhibition prints, workshop costs, … photography has grown slightly but not enough to compensate, since I have not enough time to really build up this service due to a lack of time.

This comes down to cutting one safety line before you have another one :/ … of course I have my classes that serve as a stable base income, but they are by far not ‘wealthy paid’ and getting noticed with my photography has proven to be a long and difficult process. I have had a good exhibit with some book sales and some large format print sales, just enough to compensate for the costs made (printing material, giving everybody a drink, making some new large format prints for the exhibit, …).

I would like to invest more time in artistic researches and getting further in analog photography. I am currently investigating the options for working on 4×5 inch format, requiring a large format camera and the need for development in house (till now I had my 120 roll film developed by a lab, but 4×5 film sheet lab development is out of budget)

A whole lot of words to explain why posting rate has dropped a little the last months.

Things should take up again when I finished my last 3D rendering job 🙂 if someone is interested in my earlier client base, just give me a call. The website is here: www.renderhouse.eu

Can’t post without an image, you will understand why photography is so much more pleasant than 3D, it is working with people rather than pixels :

 

 

publication

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hi there,

just a short message to let you know that I have been published with a short interview and a series of images in ‘modellenlandmagazine’. The magazine offers a platform for models, photographers, stylists and make up artists to showcase their work.

you can read, and especially watch the issue here:

http://www.modellenlandmagazine.com/issue22-4

my interview starts on page 210

Saul Leiter – Retrospective – Antwerp Fomu 28.10.16 – 29.01.17

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one thing to start with, I’m very sorry this exhibit is over. I have really enjoyed it (again on one of the very last days of the exhibit – I tend to postpone exhibition visits till the moment I can’t  any further delay it or I’ll mis it) so there’s no way you can see it here in Belgium anymore, sorry for that.

I have enjoyed the exhibit very much. It gave an overview of Saul Leiters’ work both commercial and non commercial, presented in the humble way that Leiter proves to be in the documentary movie (In no great hurry – 2012) that was made of him shortly before he died in 2013. Small paintings, small prints, and a vast number of images. I kind of missed a clear structure in the exhibit, but that might be purposely related to his way of working, and his total disorder in his huge archive.

Over a period of about 60 years he documented street life in the south-east part of New York, in a very particular way. He had moved into New York mainly to start as a painter, and this approach is clearly visible in his work. Deconstructed impressionist frames form the setting of a lot of his photographs, in which often a single person is the only immediately recognizable feature of the image. Often there is no figurative element at all, and all is fuzzy or blurred and an impressionist vision on the city life is all that’s left. Remarkably colorful, even in winter settings, he manages to make his images a delight to look at. Often the content of his images is captured between several layers of reflections, mirrored images, damp-dripping glass surfaces where you have to work your way around as a viewer.

Saul has become famous only after a very long period of working, and it seems he never fully realized the quality and the impact of his work. In this perspective I would gladly recommend viewing the full documentary ‘In no great hurry – 13 lessons in life with Saul Leiter’ as it offers an in depth encounter and it is a testimony to humility and unpretentiousness I have seldom seen in an artist of this scale. Inspirational at least.

You can see an extensive selection of his work here:

Howard Greenberg Gallery

another source of info:

https://www.artsy.net/artist/saul-leiter

thanks for reading,

ludwig

Thumbs up for excellent customer service – Berlebach

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I do not often speak about material I use, or my brand of camera’s being better than the other one, … you know what I mean, mainly because I don’t think gear matters all that much.

It is a pleasant thing to know  your gear will be working whenever you need it, so I do appreciate reliability and so, but I don’t think that you’ll absolutely need the latest gear to make good images.

This said, I would like to write this little post about the makers of the tripod I have been using for about 6 years now. It has been facing salty sea water, clamping down on my motorbike, rain and ice, mud and dirt, and all nice things in between. The brand is Berlebach. They are nice ash-wood tripods, comparable to the type of tripods land surveyors use for their theodolites. Not excessively expensive, very sturdy, very stable (wood has the natural ability to absorb vibrations), very well finished and beautiful to look at. They don’t get your fingers freezing in cold temperatures, all good things. The downsides: they are heavy, mine does have long leg segments, which makes them(it) a bit cumbersome on long hikes. Mine is from the Report series, and it features a very handy ball-joint built into the tripod itself. This makes levelling the tripod a piece of cake, no matter what surface you are working on. The head is a three way head, all metal, beautifully finished and with a very tight grip.

Now, after six years of good service, one of the handles broke. It happened on the way back from the institute where I teach photography classes. My tripod was tightly secured on my motor when suddenly I took a road bump (they happen to be quite present here in Belgium) and I heard some clattering under the bike. Stopped, saw the handle in the middle of the street. It just broke off of the tripod head. No idea why or if it had been damaged before or …

So I sent an email to customer service to ask if they still could provide a replacement for this handle. The answer was short and very clear “Dear Ludwig, we will send you a new handle”. I thanked them and asked if this would be a payable replacement, that I would understand that since my tripod was at least 5 years old (didn’t bother looking how old it was exactly) …

Again a quick reply: “No, it will be sent free of charge, we only need your post address.”

😀 😀 😀

It dropped into my mailbox a couple of days later, not the same design, but even more handy, since a little smaller. Now here is my thought about this all: Where do you find companies these days that, after 6 years of buying their goods, will replace a part for free, send it for free, all with a smile? Thank you Berlebach!! www.berlebach.de

 

berlebach-tripod

ludwig

Inspiration

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Today is my birthday, I just became 46 years old, or young as you wish.

A couple of years ago I discovered this inspring text, the ‘Holstee Manifesto’. I bought a large poster of it, you can do that here: Holstee.com, framed it and hung it up my working room wall. It has been there ever since.

It inspired me to do the things I do now (although I had often changed jobs before) and I think a lot of people could have benefit acting in the spirit of it. Read it, read it again, think about it, think about it again.

My motorcycle is ready for a two day riding trip. The weather is gonna be fairly good, all the rest is fine. I hope I get at least a little lost, and I hope the same for you.

bless you all.

 

ludwig

Holstee_Manifesto

 

New Looks

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Hi, I have been looking for a different WordPress template that gave a little more appreciation to my pictures. This new template leaves the entire width available for pictures now, I think it looks a lot better. If you miss the previously available – archive – subscribe – latest writings and other options, they are now on the bottom of each page, hidden under the + triangle. Please enjoy this natural light portrait of this beautiful lady below and let me know what you think about the new look of this blog. 🙂

Kimberley

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2015 in review – Thank YOU!

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I would like to thank YOU, my audience, followers, single time visitors and accidentally passing by visitors. You were great and numerous this year. I would like to thank you because you showed interest in my work, and you’ve shown your approval for feminine beauty by stopping by regularly. In short, you were over 13.000 in numbers, and you viewed this blog over 80.000 times this year. I felt like 2015 was a springboard to something even bigger in 2016. I have three confirmed group exhibits in 2016, I have a lot of plans and good contacts for new ideas, I have a lovely wife that supports my artistic occupations and I have a bunch of models ready to work with me again next year. I could only encourage you to participate wherever you feel like. Comment, ask questions and share. Next to this I would love to express my gratitude to the models I could work with. They posed for me within their own abilities and with their own fears. You did great, women of the world. I would also like to thank the owners of the different locations I get acces to, for they just opened their doors for me one more time in 2015. As I do prefer to work ‘on location’, they are invaluable to me. And last but not least I want to thank my wife Nathalie, for standing next to me, in every sense. She will probably have a greater part in my work as she will become my assistant/stylist/hairdresser more often next year.

Enjoy New Year’s Eve, and see you again in 2016. THANK YOU ALL!

ludwig

 

2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 80,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Determination and thankfulness – nsfw

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“I had the impression that Ludwig was not really convinced about my determination to pose nude. I think he wanted to be careful not to hurry me into things I didn’t want to.” Then I told him, “I have decided to pose nude, and I want the images to show that I am proud about it. I am proud to be the woman I am, and I am willing to show that to the outer world.” And that is what I wanted to express, the determination I found within myself to show my body and my nudity to myself, to my husband and to the world. I think no woman should be ashamed or scared about how she looks. Even if it took me a long time to convince myself to pose nude, I’m so glad I did it, and I would encourage every woman to do the same.
Thank you Ludwig, thank you to my husband and to Ludwigs wife Nathalie, who helped me trough the process.
Elisa

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Surfing the clouds – nsfw

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Now that the days have turned dark and wet and cold, here in Belgium, time to look back at that great summer we had.

Surfing the clouds.

Ludwig Desmet - Gafodi - Surfing the clouds

 

1/100s f11 ISO100

Canon 5DII with Canon 17-40mm f4 at 19mm

Model: Pauline

Make up: Heidi

Photographer – me

location: shoes or no shoes – with permission

available as limited edition print.

Facebook challenge

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I got challenged by my brother to post a ‘nature’ picture each day for 5 days in a row. I have been photographing quite some landscapes in the last years, but my focus gradually shifted towards feminine beauty, so I decided to look for combinations of earlier landscape photographs and pictures of women that suited them well. These are the five images that made the series.

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I kinda liked the excercise. I hope you like the pairings too.

have a nice weekend everyone!

 

Ludwig

The lady at the Castle

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The story is told that there is a ghost swarming above the castle lake at night. It is there to protect the treasure of gold and jewellery, hidden in the waters of the lake.
I’ve never seen the ghost, nor have I any proof about the treasures existence, but it sure does great as a photo shoot backdrop.

I have a lot more images from this series, analog as well as digital, so visit this blog again soon to see the remainder results.

This image: Rolleiflex 3.5 TLR with Kodak T-Max100 film.

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Model: Aude

Make up: Heidi

Hair: Nathalie

 

photographer: Ludwig 😉

Backlight beauty

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not so mad anymore as in the previous session – backlit from a big north facing window.

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Setup:

one big window, I opened it for more light. Model is sitting on the edge of the window, facing the inside of the room

Again I used my huge styrofoam board reflector, at the left size, as close to the center axis as possible, just not blocking my sight.

I pushed the exposure in Lightroom, and painted the background to get it fully white (initially I had light color stains in the background) and to wash out a bit of the saturation. i added some extra clarity in the hairs and on the eyes/mouth.

tegenlicht in raam

thank you for watching,

More of these? just ask 🙂

ludwig

Pauline at SONS – Analog (NSFW)

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I haven’t published a lot from this shoot, because some non-published images will be shown at my upcoming exhibit, and I want to keep a small surprise for my visitors there. you have seen ‘Cirrus’ here before.

At the very end of the shoot, I shot a roll of film on my Rolleiflex. 12 shots, I like this one the best.

shot on Rolleiflex 3.5, Kodak T-Max 400 film.

Shot at the site of ‘Shoes or No Shoes’, with permission.

ludwig desmet Pauline-SONS-Tmax-004

thank you for watching. Any comments welcome.

ludwig