An amateur. 

Born a son of an avid photographer, I've had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember. So I became a photog too. But in the early nineties I found myself in a creative cul-de-sac. I decided to quit my job as a professional photographer and pursue a different career path. Once my livelihood no longer depended on it, I literally and figuratively went back to being an amateur - from the French amateur (amatœʁ), 'lover [of something]'. Ever since, I've enjoyed taking and making photographs in a variety of settings, increasingly concentrating on the human form and landscapes.

A storyteller.

I'm describing what I perceive to be true, using light, photons. To me, that's what photography - from the Greek φῶς (phōs), light, and γράφειν (graphein), writing - is all about. As a portraitist I try to capture the essence of the person in front of my lens, searching for the beauty within. As a documentary photographer my goal is to convey 'the world according to me' through my images, embracing journalistic standards. In my landscape and wildlife photography, I’m focused on exposing the beauty I see in nature, abiding by the Nature First Principles as a member of The Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography.

A nerd.

Though I have fully embraced the digital workflow from its infant stages, I still have a weak spot for the artisanal analog film photography process. Hence I shoot with both digital (mostly mft) and analog (primarily medium format) cameras, both on location and in studio. This provides me with more creative freedom: depending on the desired output, I select the best tool for the job.

An artist.

Most of what you'll find here is recent free work - free as in freedom, but also free as in beer. Occasionally I do accept assignments from private clients (from family group shots and portraits to artistic nude), corporations and magazines (from documentary photography and headshots to environmental portraits), but only if the subject tickles the creative side of my brain. If you would like to work with me, shoot me an email to see if there's a click!

Gert Jan Kole

Bonus tip: if you want some music during your visit, feel free to click the 'music' tab. The 'amateur, storyteller, nerd, artist' labels also apply to me as a musician.

Please note: All 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 prohibitions: you may not use them commercially, and you may not alter or modify the images. If you want to use an image commercially or change it in any way, contact me.

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