Some of the stories I’ve published here have been rather long, so I’d like to start a new series: the stories behind individual images. Let’s kick this off with this photo of Frank, a local running athlete, running on the roof of Eindhoven’s most photographed parking garage.
Frank is a running athlete who lives in Eindhoven, and someone I’ve worked with a couple of times over the past year. It’s always a blast to work with athletes that are fit and willing to work with me to achieve the best possible results. At this particular day, the sun was shining bright and we figured it’d be a great day to capture some images that had a warm and urban vibe to them. This particular parking garage is in an area of Eindhoven favoured by creatives, called Strijp-S. The area used to be a major Philips production facility but has since been transformed into a creative hotspot that houses loads of small businesses. The roof of this garage is easily accessible and often no cars are parked there at all. Furthermore, the view from the roof is amazing. All of these characteristics make this location one of the most popular ones in Eindhoven, having been featured in a photoshoot for dj La Fuente and a billion wedding shoots.
Still, I thought I’d try and capture an original photo on this spot, using the light and background to capture an almost American, NYC feel. A new building was being erected behind the existing structures in the background, so I a couple of building cranes made for a great extra layer in this photo, adding to the urban feel. Frank was great to work with, as he could really help me out finding the most natural and powerful pose. In running, the way the legs look is crucial to the success of the photo. I’ll dedicate another post to that at some time in the future, I feel it’s that important. I can make any top athlete look silly just by picking a bad frame where their body is in a weird or not so powerful angle. The challenge is finding the exact right moment where the entire athlete’s body is in its optimal configuration.
Funny thing is: the roof of this parking garage was only about as wide as you can see in this photo. No running athlete in their right mind would do any training in this location, but you’ll just have to promise to keep that our little secret!