For the past 5 weeks, Nikon European Ambassador Pep Bonet was in Namibia at the Lüderitz Speed Challenge and broke the Spanish Windsurf record, 50,48 knots on 500 meters, and 8th place at the Lüderitz Challenge. He was sponsored by Nikon Europe to film his winning race with the latest Nikon Keymission 170, check out the video now!
Saturday, February 17th
NAVAL HERITAGE CENTER Screens as part of Really Real Documentary Shorts
Using Washington D.C and New York’s Trump Tower as a backdrop, Triumph of the Shill, reimagines the Leni Riefenstahl Nazi classic as an aesthetic blueprint to consider the 2017 presidential inauguration and the election of Donald J. Trump.
Director Bio: Nina Berman is a photographer, author and filmmaker creating work around politics, ideology and militarism in the U.S. She was a 2010 Whitney Biennial artist and teaches documentary photography and film at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
NOOR photographer Kadir van Lohuizen was invited to present a talk about his project Via Pan Am: Migration In The Americas at TEDxMaastricht. In the spirit of the TED concept of ideas worth spreading, Kadir shared his experiences creating the Via PanAm project, in which he traveled from Chile to Alaska, covering 15 countries along the Pan-American Highway, to visually investigate migration in the Americas.
Watch the talk here
Being extremely fascinated by the fact that nowadays HDDSLR photo cameras also have the capability of shooting HD video, Pep crafted himself into shooting documentaries with DSLR cameras. This resulted in several short documentary films, including the award winning ‘Into the Shadows’, a pursuit into the lives of hundreds of thousands of Africans living in the inner city of Johannesburg.
Pep shared his experience and in-depth knowledge of all aspects that come with filmmaking, starting out with audiovisual presentations - where Pep and sound designer Jose Bautista put images and music together - to full length documentary making.
“In filmmaking you absolutely have to know, before you start, what the message is that you want to convey. More so than in photography, where playing around with the editing and building the story afterwards is much easier”, says Pep.
Pep stressed that in order to make a good production, many times you have to be independent. “To be independent in doing your own projects, means that you are free to express yourself. I believe that young creators now have the responsibility of challenging themselves with the actual technology that is available. I think it is important to confront yourself and be critical of your own work. Always put your goals further than you think you can achieve. You will end up learning more from mistakes then from things that went well. When time passes we all learn and change, but be realistic at the same time,” says Pep.
He also shared a lot of tips and tricks on technical accessories; some that are indispensable and some that you can leave out or could easily construct or adapt yourself.
Anja, one of the participants said that for her “the technical possibilities nowadays really feel like a liberation, more or less the same as with the move from analogue to digital. We have so much more possibilities to express ourselves.”
Pep showed some of his latest projects, like ‘Into the Shadows’ and ‘Forced’ and explained that for him it is still important to mix stills and footage. “I always use the photos as suggestions [Pep shared] to let the audience stop and think.”
Pep also made it clear that filmmaking is much more about teamwork. “Team up with the people that you want and need around you, and push them to make them feel what you are after.”
“I can't wait to focus myself on a certain subject. You were an inspiration!” said Piroschka, one of the participants.
The coming year, Pep will tour Europe for more one-day multimedia trainings in cooperation with local Nikon offices. If you want to know if Pep is conducting one near you, please contact the Pro Rep at the local Nikon office and/or contact NOOR to book Pep.
Images by Harvey Williams-Fairley.
Nina Berman | NOOR
The Black Boys of Dozier are a group of men who are revisiting Dozier School for Boys, an institution meant for the reformation of wayward boys. Bent on power, the institution has a dark history and the very foundation is built upon scandals. The men revisited the school to share their experiences and shed light upon the horror that occurred within. NOOR photographer Nina Berman accompanied them along the way. See images, video and listen to interviews of the Black Boys of Dozier on Mother Jones as they give their accounts of time spent within the wooded campus.