Kole Photography Writing with light, exposing beauty.

About

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 too, 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 paint you a picture that tells you a story. To me, that's what photography - from the Greek φωτός (phōtós), light, and γραφή (graphé), drawing - is all about. I particularly love telling stories about the beauty that's all around us. As a portraitist I try to capture the essence of the person in front of my lens, looking for the beauty within. 'Close to My Heart' is a special portrait series in which I invite people to share a part of their story, portraying them with something that is near and dear to their heart. When shooting bodyscapes, I focus on the beautiful shapes of the human physique. And in my local photowalks, travel and macro photography, I’m exposing the beauty I see in nature. To quote Vincent van Gogh; "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."

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 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 un-commissioned 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 creative 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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