Fries straatfestival 2014, Leeuwarden
After a ‘break’ of about 30 years photographer Johan Hiemstra of Frieslandfotografie, based in Heerenveen in the Netherlands, has started photographing again in 2013. His source of inspiration has always been Anton Corbijn. That’s why he likes black and white photography so much and why he learned Lightroom to convert his pictures to black and white. Most of Johan’s pictures come straight out of the camera without any editing.
He started with landscape photography as many others, but except of a few pictures it was not very satisfying for him.
A friend of Johan told him, that there would be a street festival in Leeuwarden and he should go there to make some pictures. And so Johan did.
Then he discovered a photo contest and applied with some of his photos. Right away he was lucky and got a wild card. So he had to face the jury of the contest. Corbino, the brother of Anton Corbijn, was in the jury. He told Johan, that he was impressed by his work. Corbino could see by Johan’s photos, that he had been photographing for a long time. As Johan told him, that he started just 4 months ago with
From this moment on Johan knew, street photography is the kind of photography, he likes most. So when he got the opportunity to go to an event, he stayed there the whole day and came back with 1 or 2 thousands of pictures. Mostly there are around 50 images left from such a shoot. The next event, you can meet Johan, will be the Fries straatfestival in Leeuwarden on the 30th of May.
Besides street photography Johan also captures impressions of basketball matches and the events of Basketball Vereniging Dyna75 in Heerenveen. According to Johan basketball is one of the most difficult sports to photograph. After years of practice he switched finally from automatic to manual. This improved his work a lot. You can see his work on Basketball on the dyna24 Flickr-stream and all other photos on his streetphotography Flickr-stream.