Thanks for the invitation, I am happy to take up the glove. I am looking forward to all of your critique 😉
Greetings, Niels Meuleman
- Who am I?
Niels Meuleman, 47 (just), male, Dutch and – together with Miebeth – happily living in Amsterdam.
Having had several different careers (all with different success), I am currently working as a part-time schoolbusdriver (so be on the lookout for a white van passing you by when you saunter around the Amsterdam canals with your Leica’s and Billingham’s Hadley Pro 😉). This job not only brings me satisfaction and pleasure, it also gives me the opportunity to explore photography more, since it is only recently I am trying to take this thing further than my usual vacation snapshots.
So, I am relative new to this, but on the other hand, next to being a people’s person I am also an observer and observing is something I’ve done all my life. The only difference is that nowadays I try to capture the things I see in a frame.
- What do I love about photography?
First of all, I like being on the streets, interact with people, being in the moment, open-minded, not knowing what’s going to happen… So that is really half the fun. The other part is trying to put situations in a frame in a way that has never done before, in the most appealing way possible. And that is not an easy thing to do, I discovered. But the drive to do better, raising my own standards is one of the aspects of photography that makes it so attractive for me.
- My photography goals are:
I am still learning, still discovering things, trying to find my own style. Asking myself questions like: What’s is my ‘point of view?’ What kind of projects do I want to explore?
Ultimately, I guess, I want to make pictures that not only my friends and relatives appreciate, but that are admired by people I don’t know.
The following images I don’t consider my best, but they give a good impression of my work. More can be viewed at: https://nielsmeuleman.nl
This is one of the first pictures I made (of course I have taken pictures before that, but one of the first I took with a different attitude I mean, trying to be a photographer). The photo is made in Xi’an, China, in the summer of 2014. We were admiring the scenery from the roof of an unfinished shopping mall when all of a sudden, a new shift of cleaners arrived. I had a nice view from above when I discovered that at the decisive moment the battery of my camera (a Canon Pixma at that time) was dead. Talking about wanting to be a photographer…. Lucky for me my girlfriend’s smartphone did the job. I am fairly pleased with the result, but the fact that I wasn’t in charge, but mere luck led to the result, kind of frustrates me. How do anticipate on such events, when you have to act in split of a second, camera settings wise?
This one is even older, shot in India, sitting in a Tuk-Tuk. I personally like the layers, the shadows, the driver’s face in the mirror. I only wish I had a reflection of him in the other mirror as well.
I like this picture I made in NYC, I like the light, but there’s not very much happening else. Perhaps I should have come closer? Not easy with a Ricoh GR without the risk of disturbing the moment.
This one I made in Iran. A silhouette passed by and I pressed a button. I am pleased with the result, but it’s not very satisfactory, because of the little effort it took.
I have much more affinity with pictures like this one, which I made in The Hague last year. Maybe the people in it are not the most colorful, but I happen to like crowded frames, with different layers and different elements falling into place. So in that respect I think I succeeded.