Photo Expo Joris Voorn
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09:00 - 21:00
De Brakke Grond (G5 Gear Test Lab) | Nes 45, Amsterdam
We all know how mind-numbing the relentless touring life can be. It's no surprise that the DJs and artists who achieve the greatest longevity are the ones who are able to keep their brains active and break up the endless cycle of gig-party-hotel-flight: those who keep themselves well-read, or have their eye on running a label, for example. In the case of the mighty Joris Voorn, his mind, and eye, are always kept alert by his love of photography.
He's been a keen photographer since he was 18, when he got “an old second hand Nikon which I think I still have”. Straight away, he was drawn to looking at “unusual things, like rusty bicycle parts and other ugly stuff I could find in the garden. I also experimented with shooting through a magnifying glass and was surprised by the macro world it revealed.” He also became drawn to others' street photography, as well as Patrick Joust's slices of Baltimore life, Gregory Crewdson's dreamlike staged images and Wim Wenders's epic American landscapes.
He's never stopped taking pictures since then, but never over-thinks the process: “I decide in a split second if something is worth shooting, so my photos are basically snapshots.” And as his musical career took off, it's been something both to keep himself alert and stimulated, and to communicate with fans in ways a little deeper than the usual social media babble. “For me personally, he says, “shooting pictures while touring gives me many great memories of places, and for the people following me they can see where I am and what I’m doing. I know my fanbase doesn’t necessarily always share my passion for photography, but taking photos has absolutely changed my view on the world around me - and I hope to show the fans the world the way I see it.”
Joris Voorn (NL)