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Nic Opdam Photography


Nijmegen, the city where I grew up, is the oldest city of The Netherlands.
A lot of it's history has been destroyed during World War II, but the photographs still exist.
I've combined these old pictures with new one's, shot at the same location and combined the two
to create a reality where you can visit two periods at the same time..


Sometimes, when I listen to a rock song, and I close my eyes,
I see this one image that tells the story of that song, or at least the way I see it :-)

Then I start fantasizing about that image and sometimes it gets twisted a bit.

With the photographs of this serie I've tried to visualize these images in my head.

The sets are build on a table and are appr. 60 x 60 x 60 cm in height.

The persons in the sets are photographed separately and blended into the images.


Somewhere I read that a difference between a painted and a photographed portrait is time.
While a photographed portrait is created in an instant, the click of the camera,
a painted portrait takes a lot longer. If the model poses for the portrait, his or hers
expression changes slightly during the creative process thus influencing the final result.

These portraits are in the middle of the two: They are photographs but taken
with a specially constructed camera that takes about 48 pictures of the model. Each picture is part
of the models face. It's like a panorama photo of someone's face.
The complete process takes about 2 minutes to complete, and requires the model to sit still during
that time. As this is not completely possible, during the process, facial expression may change a 
little, just like in a painting ...

The Last Miles

The Four Days Marches in Nijmegen is the largest walking event in the world.
In 2016, the 100th edition was held.
From 2011 I photographed the walkers during their last miles, showing that this walk
is not for the faint of heart...

The Grace Of Technology

Don't you love that old tech devices that allowed you to actually see what a device was doing,
and take it apart and even re-assemble it if you weren't too clumbsy (like me).

Here a some examples ....

This Series is inspired by the movie Sin City


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