In ‘Photographers Exposed’ we will get to know the people behind some of the most amazing photos. In this second edition we are proud to announce one of our favorite photographers in the dance scene, known as: edmkevin.com.
Who? Kevin Verkruijssen, 24 years old.
Job? Professional photographer with 8 years of experience.
Hobbies? I’m totally addicted to all kinds of media and techniques. When i’m not busy shooting weddings, edm- or business-events I’m busy managing the photography-team of We Are The Night or working on some new projects. In my spare free time I’d like to spin some records, checkout some series or hanging out with friends.
Quote? “Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall. ;-)”
What was your first gig as a photographer?
My first gig as a photographer was Teqnology 2006 in the Heineken Music Hall. I was only using a Canon 350D with the standard kit-lens (EF-S 18-55mm). A lot of things have changed ever since…
What’s the most beautiful location you’ve visited for your work?
Hmz. That is actually a hard question! I already had the privilege to visit a lot of events in different country’s on different continents. When I have to choose one, it definitely was the trip to Sydney, Australia last year. Besides the great venue for Defqon.1 Australia, Sydney Harbour and the Blue Mountains are stunning!
Which gallery makes you proud the most?
I’m never really proud/satisfied on a specific album – because I always got the feeling that there is something missing or that I could do better. I think that is also one of the reasons why I am standing where I am right now: always aiming for a higher target.
What is the craziest thing your lens has seen, but shouldn’t be visible for the outside world?
Well, I think its better to stay discrete about this, but I can assure you: a lot! 😉
What is the most memorable thing that happened during your work?
WOAH! I have a lot of great memories about all the different productions that I did the last years. I’m always having fun with the artists, crew and party-people on events, and that is in my eyes the way it should be…
1. My grandmother was celebrating her 80th birthday with a diner in a restaurant with the whole family. After the diner was finished, I would bring her back home, but I took her to ‘ENERGY’ instead.. That was a really great experience that I’ll never forget!
2. Another one of the most memorable moments was definitely my trip with Q-Dance to EDC Las Vegas back in 2012. EDC is a 3-day festival on the ‘Motor Speedway’ in Las Vegas, in the middle of the desert (approx 20 miles from the strip), in the middle of the night (simply because at daytime it’s to hot to party). The first days it was time to discover the city (I always try to combine the productions in different countries with some sightseeing if possible) and visit a few of the many casino’s at the strip.
After the first night at EDC (already awake for 22 hours) it was a complete disaster to leave the festival-site because of huge trafficjams. Our crew got stucked on the festival-area… after waiting for some hours we found out that the artist-trailer for Sebastian Ingrosso wasn’t in use anymore and we decided to build a ‘little’ after-party over there…
After that we finally got a shuttle from the festival-site to our hotel, we decided to order breakfast (hamburgers!) and watch the first soccermatch of Holland against Denmark during EURO2012… and I don’t want to talk about that result.
The second night was a memorable one as well. Short after midnight the firemarshalls decided to shut down the complete event due to heavy winds, that could cause problems. Imagine: 50.000 people who have to leave all at the same time. With the circumstances of the night before in mind, I managed to leave the venue quickly without traffic-jams. As a photographer I can give you one advice: be ready before the moment! 😉
What is your favorite lens?
It actually depends on what kind of event I am shooting. I’m shooting with at least two bodys to be more flexible. Especially on events there is so much happening at the same time, that you have to have:
Canon 70-200L F2.8 USM II + Canon 8-15mm Fish-Eye
Show us three of your favorite photos and tell us a little about it, why are these photos
so special for you?
^ Defqon.1 Festival 2008: Defqon.1 is a special festival for me personally. It was one of the first big festivals that i visited, and i will always have a special feeling about Defqon.1. Defqon.1 Festival 2008 was my first assignment for Q-Dance and this photo was used as inlay for the DVD that year – and also used for some other campaigns.
Gear: Canon EOS 40D + Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye
Settings: 1/100, F3.5 – ISO 1000
^ Sensation ‘Source of Light’ – Belgium 2013: As I’m always feeling the need to look for new shots, angles and ways to improve myself and my work, I’ve been playing around with a complete manual-based lens with custom ‘heart shaped’ aperture-rings. Sometimes it’s all about being creative and try some ‘new’ things.
Gear: Canon EOS 1Dx + Lensbaby COMPOSER
Settings: 1/50, ISO1250
^ Confetti at Ultra Music Festival 2013, Miami: As there is always a security-barrier in the middle of the stage to the Front Of House I needed to get on my knees and aim my camera up in the air during this insane moment, to hide the ’empty’ spot.
Gear: Canon EOS 5D mark 3 + Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Settings: 1/80, F2.8 – ISO400