Welcome to the Prodibi Pixel Magazine! Today, we interview a fine art & portrait photographer based in the Netherlands: Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk.
Autodidact, Gemmy displays her great passion for painting and drawing in all her photos in which she uses dark and light contrasts to create depth.
Let's discover her amazing fine art portraits through 18 photos all powered by Prodibi!
A few words about you, how did you start photography?
Since my childhood, I was always painting and drawing but due to circumstances, I couldn’t paint anymore.
3 Years ago I bought my first camera. I went to the zoo and photographed a lot of animals. But after a few weeks, it didn’t give me the pleasure I was hoping. I was looking for something that I could connect with. I did one wedding and one new-born shoot but both weren't a success.
My camera ended on a bookshelf for a while. One day ( March 2016) I came across a Facebook ad from a photographer who offered a one-day fine-art workshop. After attending, I was hooked!
I discovered I could paint again and use the camera as a tool.
Can you briefly explain your creative process for a great portrait photograph?
For me, the preparation for a shoot is one of the biggest time-consuming parts of my photography. I really like this part.
Gathering ideas, making costumes, searching for models, props, visualizing by mood boards getting my team together or even building stages is really important for my process towards an image.
Are you inspired by the work of other photographers or directors, painters?
I get most of my inspiration out of art, books, and musea, but also movies and music inspire me a lot.
In art history, Caravaggio is definitely my biggest inspiration. My favorite photographers are Erwin Olaf, Albert Watson, and Natalie Lennard.
Is there someone in the world you dream to photograph or a particular goal you wish to reach?
For me the most essential drive is creating, getting better in techniques and being not such a perfectionist, also helping others to develop and share knowledge.
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About your photography gears, what are your favorite tools?
I shoot with a Nikon D850 and sometimes with the Phase one IQ3 100mp, most of the time I shoot in my studio with Profoto strobes and modifiers (I really like the max control of light).
Besides that, I do my editing on my I-mac connected to an Eizo screen and a Wacom Cintique.
Do you have projects for the future like workshops, personal series?
I’m still editing images from my Figment project I shot last summer. I’ve planned a few workshops for 2019 and some commercial work.
In my head, I am already preparing a new personal project with I hope to realize next year.
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