In ‘Photographers Exposed’ we get to know the people behind some of the most amazing photos from within the dance music scene. In our 11th edition, we feature a well known and respected photographer from the Netherlands, who has been shooting for Red Bull and been on tour with David Gravell. This photographer, has turned his beard into his trademark and goes by the name of Tom Doms.
Who? Hi, I’m Tom (you can call me beard).
Your Job I don’t have a job. I have a passion; which is shooting events.
Years of experience I officially started in March 2011, so I’ve only been shooting for almost 4 years.
Other hobbies/jobs My other hobbies are meeting young entrepreneurs & I actually watch a lot of movies.
Favourite quote: The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do
What was your first gig as a photographer?
That would be photographing people at the local bar, Cafe Costa. What a lot of people don’t know, is that I still shoot there, every now and then. Just to honor the client, which gave me the chance back then. I’m not a fan of burning blocks where I’ve built my career on.
What’s the most beautiful location you’ve visited for your work?
I think that will be the club on the 26th floor at the W hotel in Barcelona. But this May a have a mini work-tour in the US, where I’ll visit some beautiful locations (Vegas & NY) as well. I think they will become the most beautiful location I’ve ever visited for work.
Which gallery makes you proud the most? (link?)
I have a lot of galleries which make me proud because of several reasons. I has to do with my personal experience, or in a technical approach. (I’m also terrible at choosing).
One of the latest galleries which makes my proud is when I followed David Gravell at Creamfields 2014. This was my first international gig with an artist, and hopefully one of many. David is an incredibly talented artist, and with his team of awesome people at was a blast to be working with them.
What is the craziest thing your lens has seen, but shouldn’t be visible for the outside world?
I guess tits. No, just kidding. Everybody has seen tits. I think it’s the moments backstage. When artists are themselves, just like regular people, having fun and stuff.. No wait. People should see that more often.
Argh. As a photographer I believe that we make moments more visible for the outside world, I don’t think anything shouldn’t be visible.
What is the most memorable thing that happened during your work?
I don’t know how to choose, to be honest. I love it when people recognize me and say they they love my work, but the most memorable moments are the small ones together. I’ll give you a few examples:
– The moment when you know you’ve nailed the set already
– The moment when you meet new, interesting people which can help you in your career and vice versa
– The moment when you’re traveling to a gig, doze off and dream about your life being a self-employed geek
– The moment when you know people respect you being somebody creating great imagery, and you notice they help you shoot it
– The moment when you get interviewed about your passion and you start dreaming, again!
– The moment when you thought you hadn’t anything to shoot the coming month, one day later requests come falling out of the sky.
– The moment when .. etc etc.
Everyday I create new memories like this, those are what keeps me charging batteries everyday and go shoot awesome moments!
What is your favorite lens?
Difficult. I guess the Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS II USM, only because it allows me to perpetuate the moment from a distance. This distance is sometimes needed to preserve the moment as it is, without me influencing it. But on the other days I love to get up close and personal.
Show us three of your favorite photos and tell us a little about it, why are these photos so special for you (+ settings & gear)
Oh no, do I have to chose again?
#1 I have to incorporate at least one epic shot like this. I shot this last year, during ADE. Every shoot I hunt for a epic shot like this! Shot with a Canon 5D mark 3 and a Canon 50mm F1.4. Shot at F5.6 1/160 ISO1000
#2 But I really like to observe people, so this one has to be the second. It’s not always about the huge, big moments, sometimes it’s in the little things. Like the glorious 2 seconds a person can have when truly feeling the music. Shot for Red Bull. Gear: 5D mark 3 with Canon 50mm F1.4 at F1.6 1/125 ISO2000
#3 This one always gives me the vibes because of the location & atmosphere. A party in a whore-house. Only in Holland, I can tell you! Shot for Red Bull, during last ADE. Canon 5D mark 3 with Canon 15mm F2.8 fisheye at F2.8 1/100 ISO 2000
Crazy as I am I’ve thought of an extra question. Why? Because why not. I’m a creative entrepreneur, that’s why!
Do you think a photographer has to be serious all the time?
No. I think in order to capture great moments, you really have to be part of them. That’s why I don’t take myself too seriously!