- Sander Rijnders
- Sander Rijnders
Being sidelined. I guess that best describes why I have been offline a lot lately.
For you who don’t know me yet, I have a history of back injuries. Partly because it runs in my family and partly because… well… because I’ve done some pretty weird stuff during the years.
For the last 2 months, it has been catching up on me. My back started bothering me and I had to postpone some planned shoots. What really sucks by the way because canceling and postponing isn’t really my thing. So it looked like I was making some progress. That was until 2 weeks ago.
Something snapped and I was sidelined. Could barely walk and my therapy just wouldn’t work anymore. Now, 2 weeks later, I’m still on a daily dose of painkillers. Just overdosing every day until the pain goes away.
Needless to say I had to cancel just about everything I had planned and also the stuff I had scheduled for the rest of this year, and that’s not cool.
You can easily say that sh*t simply happens and I know I had this coming. Still it sucks when it actually happens. So that’s why… sidelined.
And now, now I’m sitting here at Dusseldorf airport, waiting for my plane to take me to Switzerland for a three day trip because I really can’t afford to cancel this one. I also have no clue how I will pull this off. I guess I’m already lucky to get through customs with that massive amount of painkillers I’m carrying on me.
Enough about the whining and complaining. Let’s talk about some other stuff here. Some serious stuff because all I’ve done so far is write an introduction about who I am and what I do. Besides the complaining part I started with today, you have absolutely no idea who I am. So let me clue you in on a few things.
Like I already said in my introduction, I’m not really your default fashion photographer. Don’t get me wrong, I do shoot fashion once a while but I also like to shoot other stuff like glamour and I really (REALLY) like to shoot the not so standard stuff. But it’s not that I’m living for the fashion industry… yet.
When I got asked to write something for this great community, I was flattered. Not because I consider myself being a great photographer but because I’m part of a very talented team here.
I don’t think its rocket science, but if you look around here and look at the talent at modelboad.com, DAMN man! There is some pretty insane talent over here. And I do mean insane in a good way. So how the hell am I going to fit in here? I’m not going to lie about it, I’ve seen some photography work here which is beyond awesomeness and I don’t see me matching that anytime soon.
I’m also not that fashion expert who knows all in the ins and outs about what’s happening in this crazy world. I know there was a short riot about some secret angels and the way they promoted their advertising but don’t ask me about the top models in that industry.
On the other end, that also makes it kind of fun. It makes you look differently to a lot of things. It’s easy for me to like things that are somewhat “not done” or a bit controversy in this world.
For example, I did a glamour shoot a while ago with a girl who calls herself Ophelia. Honestly, I have no idea what her real name is but that’s never an issue for me.
She is everything you don’t want a fashion model to be, but I can honestly say she was one of the most down to earth and kick ass people who has ever visited my studio.
She caught my attention a few months before we planned our shoot because she has everything but the everyday look that most of us want to see.
She might never be a fashion model (honestly, I think that’s the last thing she wants to do) but believe me that she can rock the camera! This glamour shot I made of her… it’s confronting.
She has quite the history and as you can see it has left its marks on her body. And that’s exactly what I wanted to show. Yes I know, shooting in harsh black & white gives it a more dramatic look but that’s what I like and that’s what I wanted to show here.
I easily believe that some people refuse to accept this and have their own opinion about it. That’s fine to me as I have my opinion about it as well and the way you see her on this shot, that’s just the way she is. She’s real. She’s damn real.
I received a lot of reactions about this photo. Most of them where positive but some… well, let’s just stick to the fact that some people have a brain the size of a mushroom and aren’t afraid to show it.
I guess those people have lost sight about what’s going on in the real world. There are a lot more girls like her out there. The only difference is that she has the balls to accept who she is, stand up for it and is not afraid to show it. For me that deserves nothing but respect.
She accepted it, so why can’t other people accept it? Because it’s not what we want to see? Or it doesn’t meet up to the expectations we have about the average model?
And… as always, there are a lot of people out there who tend to disagree with me. That’s OK. We all are entitled to our own opinion. There are also a lot of people out there who can’t handle it when their opinion gets countered. Don’t get me wrong, you can think whatever you want and I respect that. No, I’m not going to change that (not even going to try) because it’s your opinion and it makes you to what you are. Just don’t bash whatever you don’t like without knowing the other side of the story.
So, what are my next plans? Well, first I need to get my back fixed.
Some pretty cool headshot sessions are coming up. It might sound boring but there’s more to a good headshot than most people think.
A lot of “therapy” is involved in those sessions. Peter Hurley (one the best headshot photographers out there IMO) described it best with the therapy part. I never understood him but now that I’m doing those sessions myself… Yes, it makes sense. Actually, a lot of sense. That’s basically what’s coming up next. The model shoots will have to wait until January before I start planning them again. Need to get my back fixed before I start doing those again.