Kole.Photography Writing with light, exposing beauty.


An amateur. 

Born as a son of an avid photographer, I've had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember. So I attended Fotovakschool and became a photog, just like my Dad. But in the early nineties I found myself in a creative cul-de-sac, quit my job as a professional photographer and pursued a different career path. Once my livelihood no longer depended on it, my passion for photography was rekindled and I became what the French aptly call an amateur, a 'lover [of something]', again. Ever since I've enjoyed making photographs, increasingly concentrating on the human form and nature.

A storyteller.

I use light to write a story. To me, that's what photography - from the Greek φωτός (phōtós), light, and γραφή (graphé), writing - is all about. And I particularly love telling stories about the beauty I see all around us, because what you pay attention to, grows.

In the backgrounds section, you'll find dozens of images that you can download for free to use as your desktop wallpaper.

A nerd.

Being a creative technologist, I'm always trying to find new creative applications for technology, and new technology to support my creative process. I've fully embraced the digital workflow from its infant stages, but still have a weak spot for the artisanal analog film photography process. Hence I use both digital (mostly mft) and analog (primarily medium format) cameras, both on location and in studio. 

An artist.

Most of what you'll find here is recent uncommissioned work. I do accept assignments from private clients, corporations and magazines, but only if the concept tickles the creative side of my brain. If you have ideas for a shoot that would benefit from a collaborative 'Time for Picture' approach: check the TFP Model release form linked below to see if that concept fits your plans. Based in Utrecht, willing to travel. If you would like to work with me, shoot me an email to see if there's a click!

Gert Jan Kole

Download TFP Model release form: English / Dutch.

Please note: All images on this website with people in them are copyrighted and may not be used without permission. All other photographs on this website are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license. That basically means that you may use the images freely (as long as you mention me and link to this website), with two restrictions: you may not use them commercially, and you may not alter, remix or modify them. If you want to use an image commercially or change it in any way, or you're not entirely sure whether your intended use is covered by this license, contact me.

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