Frisches Blut aus Holland. Bram Berkien. Mit einer frischen Gallery.
Main focus: active lifestyle, both action shots and portraits
Website: www.bramberkien.com and www.facebook.com/bram.berkien
Equipment: Nikon D800 (dropped my D700 on the floor 2 weeks ago…), 24-70mm and 85mm lenses. Also shoot film on an old Nikon FE at times, it’s older than I am.
Shooting since: only 4 years probably, and full-time since one year. from the moment I graduated from university. My goal is to shoot lifestyle images for brands, helping them to convey their identity.
Favorite location: outdoors wherever there’s some nice backlight from a sun that’s low in the sky, big comps. I love capturing the moments between the action that make climbing the lifestyle it is.
What makes a good climbing picture: capturing the exact right moment in the movement of the climber. I’m naturally drawn to the instant where a climber’s feet come out of the wall or other spectacular moves such as dynos. However static and controlled movement can also make for a great picture. It’s all about capturing the right moment, the best expression on a climber’s face and the most photographically appealing position of the climber’s body. To this end I try to predict when the climber will be in an interesting position and then shoot a bunch of shots on burst mode. The human body and face are just really dynamic, taking more shots of interesting moments increases the chances of capturing the exact right position.
What inspires you in climbing photography: the amazing things a human body can do. Holding on to the tiniest holds, climbing a long time in extremely overhanging terrain. When I show my non-climber friends some of the pictures and videos coming out of the climbing world they’re always in total awe. Also, I’m extremely interested in the person behind the climber, no matter how cheesy and cliche that may sound. It’s awesome to meet these top athletes and get to know them a bit. Through the portraits project I’m hoping to give people a glimpse into their characters by pairing an intimate portrait with an action shot that show the climber the way we’re more familiar with.