Peter van Hal: the Person, the Passion, the Photographs
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by Editor Yvette Leur
Please introduce yourself to the readers, Peter.
It is 2017 now and I have been living, learning and loving this very delicate and fascinating process with many trials and errors along the way. Over the years I have build a solid portfolio but I am never fully satisfied. Focusing on just one aspect is difficult for me. I like doing lots of different styles within my style of photography. Portraits, Macro's, Fine Art, Landscape, everything is possible if you set your mind to it. My techniques and materials recently changed a little because of rheumatics. It manly effected my fingers, so working with glass became problematic. You have to prepare the glass by polish it real thoroughly before using. That is to labour intensive for me now. And that's very unfortunate, because I love the scratches and spots in the glass. It always made this material so much more interesting.
How would you describe your photography style?
Are you photographing full time?
How did you train your skills? School? Workshops?
Where did your passion for creating images in this form of photography come from?
What makes you the happiest when it comes to photography and/ or preparation?
What's important to you. The story? The emotion? The technical skills?
The camera process is camera obscura so the end result is a mirrored image.
What creative solutions do you use when things don't work out?
What creative solutions can you use when the mixtures and solutions do not cooperate.
Please show us 3 of you photographs that you are really proud of and please describe why?
Do you have photographs of other artist you really admire you would like to share with the readers?
My camera gear:
These last couple of years the prices of items used for collodion photography just about sky rocketed. Mainly because popular demand. In some cases prices went up from 500 to 1000%. A lens that was offered for about 100 euros a few years ago, now easily will sell for 1200 euros. Collodion Photography is very popular these days.
Are there any workshops or exhibitions in the near future? Places where people can see you at work?
What would you like to say to the readers? Tip/Quote?
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