When a country is in an economic crisis it so often results in images of despair and grief. It rarely occurs that beauty is seen or captured during these challenging times. In this case however, beauty is definitely visible. An almost surreal beauty, appearing to be directed by mother nature.
This photo series will take its audience to different Greek islands where the development and sales of villa's and hotels have been postponed because of the economic crisis. These bone-like, concrete structures are far from being completed. Some have already waited years for financial aid. Which most likely will not happen anytime soon.
The projects were developed on the most wonderful and unique locations. On hillsides with breathtaking sea views or on mountains surrounded by olive trees, enclosed with privacy and serenity.
The architectural lines combined with the ash-grey concrete structures are an attractive contrast against the rough, red-coloured rocks, the warm yellow high grass and the olive green bushes and trees. This almost abstract scenery shows a unique synergy between architecture and nature. It creates a new and intriguing landscape in which failure, poverty and hopelessness are easily forgotten.
Featured on CNN Photos - April 2013
Featured by London School of Economics - March 2014
IPA 2013 - Honorable Mention - Category Deeper Perspective
Concrete walls, floors with abstract lines, dulled symmetry and gloomy lighting. Set in myriad shades of grey, the architecture of parking garages is a world on its own. Desolate and uncared for, unlike the charming and shapely beauties from bygone times that you may occasionally encounter within. Gentlemen’s prides with charm and a strong identity. To be kept safe for many years to come.
From top to bottom:
Alfa Romeo Montreal 1973
Porsche 911 Turbo 1980
Jaguar XJ6 1972
Renault Alpine 1983
DMC Delorean 1982
Citroën SM 1972
BMW 3.0 CS 1975
Ferrari 400 1974
Mercedes 450 SL 1979
Chevrolet Camaro 1975
Space is no longer the exclusive domain of institutions like NASA and ESA. Amsterdam based company XCOR Space Expeditions is one of the key players in offering commercial space flights. Through developing and producing highly reusable, and affordable engines and vehicles with low service requirements, XCOR provides platforms to dramatically increase the viability of space missions and opportunities across markets.
I’m working on an exclusive 'behind the scenes' coffee table book which will cover all that it takes to join them in space. From the training of the future astronauts to the built of the Lynx spacecraft in Mojave, California.
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Beirut, Lebanon, 2003. The bullet holes are all around. They're the hard evidence of this city's suffering, that came to an end 13 years ago. Towering above the city, the extensively damaged Hilton Hotel is purposely left untouched to remind people of harsh times. It surely motivates people not to give up. The sound of machine guns has been replaced by the sound of construction drills. Some may not even notice the difference. They catch a cable cart to visit Mount Harissa and enjoy the peace and quiet. The peaceful feeling doesn’t last for long; in 2006 the violence is back with full force. Leaving the people with only one thing: hope.
It must be the most surreal landscape I've ever seen. I find myself in an unknown world. A magical landscape as far as the eye can see. The vast emptiness is only interrupted by great piles of rock. The earths’ crust is torn open at some places and all color seems to have retracted. My imagination is playing tricks on me and I find myself humming to the tunes of "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind". I haven't seen any alien life forms just yet. So far so good.
My good friend Sarah has a disease called Cystic Fibrosis. A chronic and fatal disease that comes with a shortened life expectancy. Her body has to work overtime to cope with the increasing shortness of breath. A nine-to-five job is impossible as it would simply drain her energy.
We agreed to make a photo book about her life with this disease. Her ups and downs. To create awareness. Ever since we started this project in 2013 it has become clear to me that the story we’re telling is not just about a disease. Foremost it’s about unconditional love.
I feel fortunate to be a part of her life and blessed to do this project with her.
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Back in the days men had the right stuff. Space explorers who showed no fear. Dare devils with nerves of steel. Strapped up in their pressure suits on a rocket filled with highly flammable fuel. These space cowboys were catapulted into orbit and they took humanity to the moon and back. Uncertain about the results of their mission knowing other brave attempts had failed. Driving around on the extensive grounds of Kennedy Space Center you’ll sense that an unforgettable chapter in history was written here. I wonder if men will ever set foot on the moon again. But until that day we can always look up and appreciate their courageous achievements.
Photography Masters Cup 2013 - Nominee - Category Americana
I'm fascinated by the atmosphere at airports. A crazy mixture between rush hour and mellow paces. Stressed-out people in a hurry to catch their plane. Bored people waiting for their delayed flight. I'm curious where they come from and what their next destination will be. Traveling from time zone to time zone. I like to watch them as they stroll by pulling their carry-on luggage. Staring out the window, watching airplanes take off, it always amazes me how these aluminum giants appear weightless.
My mind drifts away and I think about exciting new places to discover. I hear my name being called. I'm late again.
Dutch Ferris wheel specialist Starneth is responsible for the design and construction of a new American landmark: The New York Wheel. It will be the tallest Ferris wheel in the U.S. and it will be situated on Staten Island in New York City. It’s expected to open in 2017. The photos from this iconic project will be used for a coffee table book.
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I've passed the white house a thousand times. Never have I ignored it. It seems to call on me. Its long chalk-white walls are interrupted only by green stained windows. The walls look thick and protective. Its anonymous appearance gives it an even stronger identity. During winter times the white house blends in with its natural surroundings. It becomes an invisible fortress and makes my attraction to it even stronger. The leafless trees seem to be the only ones knowing what goes on inside.
Featured on Minimalissimo - August 2013 www.minimalissimo.com
IPA 2013 - 3rd prize - Category Architecture
Photography Masters Cup 2014 - Nominee - Category Architecture
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The awarded photo book "Playboy Behind The Scenes" gives a unique look into the mysterious world of Playboy Magazine through personal and intimate photos of tangible moments during Playmate and celebrity photo shoots. Over 150 photos of unexpected, undirected and natural responses; humor, disillusionment, absurdism and vulnerability in an erotic setting.
Mr. Hugh M. Hefner, editor-in-chief of Playboy Magazine, wrote the introduction of the book. "In these compelling images, Patrick has captured the soul of the Playboy shoot and offered a true celebration of, and homage to, the people who make these beautiful things happen. Vividly here is the intimacy, the fun, and the dedication it takes to create the very best in contemporary erotica. And along the way, true to his calling, he gives the reader a peek behind the curtain of the Playboy lifestyle."
Communication Arts Photo Annual 2012 - Best Photo Book
International Photo Awards 2012 - Honorable Mention
Photography Masters Cup 2013 - Nominated
PLAYBOY BEHIND THE SCENES
Photography Patrick van Dam
Art direction & design Patrick van Dam
18.5 x 23.5cm
First edition 1,500 copies (sold out)
Whether it's an office building, a hotel or a private house; I love architecture. Specific architecture. Concrete, stone, wood and glass combined together as one. It has always fascinated me. All with their own unique surface that comes to life when looked at from different angles.No friction or complexity. Balanced symmetry and simple shapes. Natural colors that blend in with each other and with their surroundings. I want to follow each and every line. Looking for clues and trying to find out what the architect had in mind. Modern architecture may be sterile or even dull to some but it lasts a lifetime as long as you add the right ingredients to make it personal.
I'm standing in the middle of nowhere. I escaped the crowds and find myself surrounded by the horizon. It feels free yet uneasy at the same time, not knowing how long I can enjoy this vastness. Massive clouds slowly pass by. Nature’s sheer power is almost tangible. The beauty of everyday things.
She's not your typical Playmate. She won't flaunt her femininity.
Not the push-up-bra-and-high-heels kind of girl. Still she's amazingly sexy. Even in faded sweatpants, an old t-shirt and no make-up. Enjoying her private time, listening to some music while she gazes out the window. Daylight reflects on her satin skin and caresses her subtle, natural curves. She seems to be lost in thought continuously; her green eyes will tell you a story but they won't tell all. There's more to Sarah than just a pretty face. Much more. A penny for her thoughts.
Featured in Playboy Magazine (USA) - June 2013
Red Flag is an advanced aerial combat training exercise. The mission is to maximize the combat readiness and survivability of participants by providing a realistic training environment. During a Red Flag exercise the Aggressor Squadron, or "bandits", acts as the opponent against the pilots undergoing training. They fly according to the tactical doctrines of the Soviet Union in order to better simulate real combat situations. The Aggressor Squadron pilots are selected from the top fighter pilots in the U.S. Air Force. Their F-16’s are painted in color schemes commonly found on Soviet aircraft.
An almost prehistoric scene; an icy landscape untouched by mankind. Abandoned, cold, powerful and untamable with a mind of its own. It breathes, moves and is different every day. It’s alive. I watch the ice melt and I realize it's slowly dying.
Like so many, when I was a kid I wanted to become a fighter pilot. I could see myself buckled up in the hi-tech cockpit, wearing a fancy helmet with the visor down, pulling g's up in the skies. It was the time when "Maverick" played by Tom Cruise showed all his fancy moves in "Top Gun", an instant classic. Cool men wearing their Ray-Ban's as they prepare for their next mission. Multi-million dollar jets taxiing on the flight line, the smell of jet fuel and the incredible rumble when they take off. Airpower at an all-time high.
The sound of silence can’t be heard, it can only be seen. Every now and then you get to a place which is so overwhelming, everything around you seems to fade. It all falls silent. No people talking, no music playing, no cars driving by and no phones ringing. Just you, the view and your thoughts. I cherish these moments. Silence really is golden.
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