In ‘Photographers Exposed’ we will get to know the people behind some of the most amazing photos. In this third edition we are proud to announce one of our favorite photographers in the dance scene, known as: Heidiefocus.
Who? Heidie Duteweert, 30 years old.
Job? Professional photographer with 8/9 years of experience. I bought my first SLR camera in secret, because my dad wouldn’t like the fact I was spending all my savings money on a camera.
Hobbies/Other jobs? When I was 18 I start working as a carer and I’m still working as a carer for disabled people. I love both jobs, that’s why I still work as a carer whilst doing photography. Hobbies.. eh.. photography! I love to experiment with photos, my new project is shooting night views and of course I love to travel around the globe and enjoy quality time with my friends.
Quote? “Photography is like magic, it gives the power to freeze the time and make a visual history!”
What was your first gig as a photographer?
I remember that day, it was Ground Zero 2005. I was walking around as an extreme amateur with only a canon eos 300d and kit lens, no extended flash or whatever. At that party I met Alex Van Oostrum, he had his own party pictures website and at Q-base 2005 I had my first shoot for his website! From that point it all started, it was so funny, I was like a real amateur and I started developing my skills furthermore.
What’s the most beautiful location you’ve visited for your work?
Oeh… my first Tomorrowland was very special! I saw the videos on youtube, David Guetta asked the crowd in 2010 to sit down and almost everybody started sitting down, amazing! After seeing that video I had a dream… I wanted to see that with my own eyes. A year later I was in the crowd with my camera during the set of David Guetta, he asked the crowd to grab their mobile phones and put the flash on, and yes, God is a DJ, because the crowd grabbed their phones and started shining. I was in the middle of all those lights, it looked like stars and I never saw something like that before, seriously, goosebumps… everywhere! I loved it!
Like all photographers, I love to travel with my camera. I was very honoured Q-dance gave me the change to visit Australia again! I’ve been there before when I was backpacking and now I was in Australia for Defqon.1! An amazing experience! It was great to be back and it was amazing to celebrate Defqon.1 in Sydney with my camera. I felt like the happiest girl in the world! Every time I feel that kick when the bass drops or when the crowd is so happy I get goosebumps and I realize that it’s so special to be part of the event. Seeing all the emotions and the power to immortalize that special moment with my camera, that’s amazing! Every time I experience these moments I feel honoured to do this job and I hope to do this for a very long time too!
Which gallery makes you proud the most?
Eh… proud… I am a bit shy, but actually I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far! I am just a normal woman living in a country place in Holland where people laugh about my dialect. I am not pretty but I just did it! I achieved something in a man’s world! It has cost me a lot of energy, a lot of years and a lot of pictures, but my life has a goal and I am happy with the fact I’m reaching my goal. If I have to choose a gallery I’m most proud of, I would say the pictures of Ultra Miami last year. I heard so many people who liked the pictures they saw, I get a very happy feeling by hearing that and personally I feel the same about the pictures from Miami.
What is the craziest thing your lens has seen, but shouldn’t be visible for the outside world?
There was this guy who was somewhere in his 30’s and when they posed for a photo he took his fake teeth out of his mouth, that was a really rare and an awkward moment, of course there are always men who try to get their naked ass on the photo too.
What is the most memorable thing that happened during your work?
The helicopter flight at Q-base 2011! I love to be high in the sky, it makes me really Zen. I hope there will be some helicopter flights in the future as well, because for me it’s definitely a highlight. I also love to bungee jump with my camera at festivals and it stays special if I can travel and work together.
Photos are memorable forever. I love to see publications, or when artists like me work and put their pictures on their Facebook pages or websites! I love all kinds of publications, even when I got results of a newborn photo session; the idea is memorable that the families and babies keep these pictures for the rest or their life, that’s really great!
What is your favourite lens?
It depends on what type of pictures I would like to get. But at events I bring 2 cameras with me and the most pictures are shot with my 70-200 L IS USM II and the 15mm fisheye.
Show us three of your favorite photos and tell us a little about it, why are these photos so special for you?
Photo 1: Defqon 1 2012 | Settings: 1/5 sec. f8.0, Iso 400 | Camera Canon Eos 5d MKIII | Lens: 24-70 L
This picture is a Defqon 2012 picture. I was sitting in the production with a tripod. With a shutter time like this nobody is able to shoot it out of his hands. The endshow of this Defqon.1 was breath-taking!
Photo 2: Tomorrowland 2013 | Settings: 1/50 sec f4.5 Iso 1250
One of my favorite festivals in the world is Tomorrowland. I see it, I hear it and I feel it, I just love it! It’s an honor to me that I am able to take pictures at TML and I hope people can see that in the pictures.
Photo 3: Ultra Miami 2013 | Settings: 1/160 sec F5.0 Iso 1000
Crowd and confetti, I love them both and it’s amazing when they come together. When the crowd likes the music the atmosphere is amazing! I see thousands of happy people in front of me. That makes me feel very excited and happy. Also when the confetti comes in and I see all the people go crazy it’s my favourite game to try to take good pictures of this moment too. I prefer people who ignore me and don’t pose, that way I get the best results. It’s like a game, I don’t flash with those kinds of pictures so I am dependent on the lights from the festival. I love this game! You never know what you are going to get!