My decisive moments…

By Michel Verhoef

My photography  tries to communicate emotion. Some of my images may be classified as art photography, while some may be seen as a documentary or a crossover between both. I usually want to capture an emotion within our daily lives that is laying a bit deeper, or very deep, or a just-below-the-surface.

You may see my love for the old-style photographers in my work: the Bressons, the Friedlanders, the Parrs or even a Norman Rockwell could be hidden in there. Just to name a few. The Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf is also a great inspiration.

Essentially I want to keep the scene as original as possible without changing it by copying or adding in information from other pictures. The basic mood of a picture has to be already in the picture through the real-life content of the scene. I just need to enhance my images by dodging and burning to emphasize the feeling and to guide the viewer’s eye. Every picture needs to tell a story, preferably through an interaction between people or between people and their environment. In most cases my subjects are people who demand a quick response from the camera’s shutter and sometimes a lot of patience is required to get people used to that lingering-guy-with-a-camera.

Child in time

Child in time

Michel Verhoef-Hot but stylish

Hot but stylish

Immigration

Immigration

Dorana Alberti

Dorana Alberti

Michel Verhoef-But I want to stay

But I want to stay

Garçon s'il vous plait

Garçon s’il vous plait

Everlasting pose

Everlasting pose

Strings

Strings

Beach confession

Beach confession

Happy days are here again

Happy days are here again

One child policy

One child policy

Oxygen

Oxygen

It takes two

It takes two

Tango mirrored

Tango mirrored

Tango

Tango

 

 

Michel VerhoefMichel Verhoef was born in Germany and immigrated to the Netherlands at age nine. His father was a Dutch jazz musician and his mother a German housewife. Verhoef started at about that young age to make his first pictures with a Brownie that he got from his mother. From her he inherited his feeling for the visual art photography. It has always, though, stayed a hobby besides his actual job as a housing engineer.

Website: http://michel-verhoef.artistwebsites.com/

 

Michel’s Recommended/Interesting Links:

Magnum Photos–The Changing of a Myth

Berlin — Erwin Olaf (video)

 

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8 Comments on “My decisive moments…”

  1. October 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    Fantastic!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. October 9, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    Thanks for selecting and putting my work up here Melissa, it’s an honor to be featured 🙂

    Like

  3. October 9, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    These make me want to write fiction. So moving!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Colleen
    October 9, 2015 at 9:01 am #

    Michel is a sensitive and unique photographer. One of the best. And although I have never seen him working in person, I am pretty sure he must wear a cloak that renders him invisible! How else to get so many amazing shots? 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 9, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

      Thanks Colleen for wanting to use my cloak…it would suit you nice too I am sure 😉

      Liked by 1 person

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