In ‘Photographers Exposed’ we will get to know the people behind some of the most amazing photos. In this edition we interviewed Marc van der AA.
Who? Marc van der AA
Your Job? Photographer of about everything. Mostly busy with events and rally photography this year though.
Years of experience? I started studying photography when I moved to Buenos Aires ten years ago, but have been walking around with a camera since I was 16. First a simple pocket camera, then switched to SLR.
Other hobbies/jobs? Nothing as good as travelling I’d say.
Favorite Quote? “Everything you can imagine is real”
What was your first gig as a photographer? My first real EDM assignment was Armin Only in Buenos Aires in 2010. I was hired by the local producer to organize logistics, to do translation for the Dutch crew, take care off food and beverages and to take some pictures as well. The pictures turned out very well, some of them are still being used today.
What’s the most beautiful location you’ve visited for your work? Good question. I travel a lot and go to a lot of places. One of the highlights every year is the Dakar Rally. In January it will be the 4th time I will be covering the most notorious rally in the world with my press team Shakedown Team. Driving close to 10.000 km over two weeks through Latin America, cruising the dessert and the Andes Mountains is definitely an unforgettable experience.
Which gallery are you most proud of? It is always nice to see when famous artists use your pictures of course. But most proud is a different thing. I’d say a project I did for Nike in Mexico last year, which was then used worldwide. And in January this year I won the price for the best picture of the Dakar Rally, which was a memorable thing, being in a competition with some of the best sports photographers around.
What is the craziest thing your lens has seen, but shouldn’t be visible for the outside world? A few years ago I was hired to shoot stills and backstage photography for a commercial for a client from Chile, which was being filmed in Paris. The main character was a famous actress (won’t say any names though). She gave birth to her first child a few weeks before. I accidently shot some pics of her, almost naked, while putting on a corset, as she had to hide some extra pounds for this big fashion shoot. I don’t think she’d appreciate it if those pics ever went public…
What is the most memorable thing that happened during your work? In September I shot Beyond Wonderland in California. I shot some pics of the people standing in line and ended up talking with this girl who had taken her mother to her first dance event to see Above and Beyond. Of course they carried a sign, which said something like: “My mother’s first time with Above and Beyond. Let her push the button!” Later that evening, during the set of A&B, I was in the middle of the crowd, when I suddenly saw that same sign rising up in the dj booth. I took some shots there and made it to the stage, where I got some shots of the mother and her daughter in the booth. They were so happy they were crying. I would say that this was a special moment that I recall very well from the last months.
What is your favorite lens? Tough one. Depends on the job. I love my 15 mm 2.8 fisheye though, when it comes to event photography.
Show us three of your favorite photos and tell us a little about it, why are these photos so special for you?
Canon EOS 6D, 24-105 mm (24 mm), 1/320 s 5.6 100 iso (Dakar winning pic)
We drove all night to get to the tracks in time, before the rally would start. I had already found a perfect spot to take pictures that day, but the other guys from my team insisted on continuing a little more. I got in a bad mood because of this, stubborn as I am, and when we parked our car at a new location, everybody went left and I took a right, ending up on this mountain from which it was impossible to get back down to the road. I decided to hang around for some time, taking at least some pictures from the first competitors to pass by, before walking back to the tracks. It paid off eventually, as this picture was chosen as the best picture of the rally in 2014.
Canon EOS 6D, 15 mm, 1/160 s 4.5 400 iso (hardwell monterrey)
Last September I hopped along for a 5 day tour with Hardwell and Dannic through Mexico. It was great fun, as everyone in the crew and both artists are all from the same area in the Netherlands, so it allowed us to speak our own dialect while being on the road. This picture was taken in Monterrey and I think it is one of my favorite pyro shots I have taken this year.
Canon 5D Mark II, 1/2500 s with lensbaby (50 mm) 100 iso
I shot this picture during an international art project in Domburg, the Netherlands, in which I was invited to participate. I was born in the province of Zeeland myself, and simply love this shot of this little girl in traditional dress, with this dark, stormy set of clouds behind her.