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Depth and Softness

Aernout Overbeeke, Dutch photographer, seems to approach a portrait in a similar way as Arnold Newman did. To portray a person he doesn’t just shoot the person up close and personal but includes his surroundings as well. And often takes a few more steps backwards then Newman did. By doing so Newman created an abstraction where Overbeeke creates an amazing depth in his photographs. And the softness he puts into every image is just beautiful.

Whether it’s his portraitures or his commercial work, the softness and the depth is always recognizable. A signature of a photographer that understands light. By using natural light in combination with strobes he never makes it look like a studio shoot. The natural and strobe lighting give a wonderful mix to create the perfect atmosphere.

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Surroundings

I’ve always find portrait photography interesting. To be able to capture a person’s personality in one single frame is just an amazing challenge. And not many photographers master this skill the way Arnold Newman does. The amazing portraits by  Newman has inspired me greatly. What Newman does is including the surroundings in his portraits. Most famous example is that of Igor Stravinsky. Allegedly, the now famous photo of Stravinsky was rejected by the magazine who commissioned the shoot. Arnold Newman is able to reflect the personalities of all the famous ones as no other. Sometimes he translates his feelings about a person brilliantly. He did this beautifully with convicted Nazi war criminal, an industrialist, Alfred Krupp.

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