Featured #5: Jasper van den Ham

July 17, 2014

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Tell us something about yourself. I am Jasper van den Ham, 36 years old, from the Netherlands. I live in a small city called Woerden. For the past ten years I have been working as a web designer in The Hague. At the moment this is still my main occupation, but I’m planning to focus more on photography.

How did you start? I always had a special interest in photography but it never exceeded taking pictures on vacation. Until February 2013. That’s when I picked up a Polaroid SX-70 and from then on I devoted all my spare time to learn everything I need to know about photography.

Amongst all kinds of books I read the Ansel Adams trilogy, introducing me to the analog world and the Zone System. I started developing film recently and saving up for a darkroom at home. I’m a self-taught photographer, working intuitively and committed to make a living out of it. I always pre-visualize how the image is going to end up after post processing, as this is an important part in my work.

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What inspires you? The interaction between urban environments and nature plays an important role in my photography. I am constantly looking for situations where nature influences urban environments, and man-made structures disturb nature. Mostly in the periphery, where the city blends with nature, it becomes visible they can both complement each other and cause friction.

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 What do you shoot with? It depends on the situation what I carry in my bag. Apart from the usual accessories I always carry my Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm and 28mm lens. And of course my Lumu for perfect light metering. When I like to take it slow I grab my Hasselblad 500 C/M or my Polaroid SX-70.

Does equipment affects your process? While shooting analog I take a lot more time making the shot, carefully positioning and extensively writing down every detail. This isn’t the case with digital photography, although I try to capture the moment with two or three shots.

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Where are you now? I am currently working on a project called ‘Beneath the Surface’. It’s a project on Woerden, a city in the Netherlands known for being ‘most common’. When I moved here almost a year ago I didn’t consider this to be an interesting photographic environment, but that also inspired me. After a while I started discovering all the wonderful places that lie beneath the surface. My goal is to publish all the photos in a book when the project is done.

Where can we see you other work? http://www.jaspervandenham.com
http://www.facebook.com/jaspervandenhamphotography

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