I recently visited The Netherlands as part of a personal project of mine to shoot Steampunk.
Now for anyone that does not know what Steampunk is, well its a sort of science fiction cult based in the Victorian era.
All around the world there is a Steampunk following, which sees people making their own costumes and accessories and having meet ups and gatherings. The costume and details the people go to who are involved in Steampunk is really something else. The commitment and attention to detail is really great.
I didn't want professional models to shoot for this project, as that would take away the authenticity of the Steampunk movement, as enthusiasts do it because they love to be involved in it. So a good friend of mine Sander, reached out to the local Steampunk community in The Netherlands and came up trumps with 5 fantastic ladies for me to photograph.
Each of the girls had very different personalities, and all had unique costumes and accessories, this made for a real melting pot of images. We shot the girls individually, and also in groups, with interactions between them, There is many more pictures to come from this shoot once I find backgrounds and stories to place the girls into, but for now I have made 5 portraits of the girls.
I love to shoot personal projects, they allow freedom of expression and creative licence. I always encourage people that will listen to be involved in personal projects, they can be a great development aid and vehicle for portfolio building.
I owe a big debt of gratitude and thanks to Emma, Yonas, Sandra, Fiona and Marian. They did a great job and gave up their time and energy for the project, and were incredibly patient and attentive during the day.
And I can't end the blog post without thanking my buddies Oliver, for running my lights, Sander for doing a lot of arranging for me and Roberto for all his support.
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