My name is Cliff Baaij. I shoot concerts, shows, gigs, venues: all Performing-Arts on a stage in front of a crowd, or even in the crowd. The chemistry in between, that’s the place where I want to be. That challenge is my passion!
In this kind of photography there’s no control of almost any parameter in the picture. The object being photographed, dazzling over a stage, can’t be directed. There’s no control over the lighting, which is constantly changing, and there’s hardly access to any angle.
On top of that, there are people around me who paid good money for enjoying a show, and they don’t care that they are in my frame. And many times I’m limited to a certain period in which I’m allowed to take photos.
Sounds like a mission impossible…
The exciting thing however is being so close to so much talent, and then the audience, and the energy it produces. An amazing image in this perfect storm. That shot, really loud or deadly quiet.
A split second of myself.
– Cliff Baaij –