STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

After graduating the photography academy Johan has mainly focused on the art of moving images. He practiced still photography for own work, fine-art, and for color study, lighting and composition testing. On special request Johan photographs staged commissioned work. He shoots both on film and digitally and exclusively uses continuous light and fixed focal length lenses.

In collaboration with Michel Mölder Johan's first art series: 'Sunshine Royale Motel' was shown to the public on their exhibition in Amsterdam.

 

SUNSHINE ROYALE MOTEL

Time elapsing is only noticeable when observing motion. It is what makes us register the ticking of the clock. But the interesting thing about time is that it only exists in the past and in the future. This very moment, the here and now, is so elusive that it can only be seen when there is no motion at all.   In a photograph we capture the existence of this present moment by freezing time. However, when we add subtle motion to a frozen moment, time can be extended within this vacuum and seems to last forever. 

THE STORY

You are in an unknown city, staying in a run-down motel taking a shower. As you close the tap and turn to use the scruffy towel to dry yourself, you walk back into the room you just entered for the very first time.   This is your sanctuary now, your home. Yesterday it belonged to someone else. And tomorrow, after you’ve checked out, it will do so once more.  Welcome to Sunshine Royale Motel. One room, a new story every day. 

CINEMAGRAPHS

This series of living photographs, or cinemagraph are a mix between photo and video. Just like in a regular still frame, in a cinemagraph, time is frozen. Yet subtle moving elements bring the frame to life.  Individually they will playback in an endless loop, creating the illusion of never-ending motion. The partially frozen parts, combined with the recurring movements give the images a strange and hypnotic effect.

SOUNDSTAGE

This art project was shot in a small film set build inside an old warehouse. Together with his friend and director Michel Mölder, Johan worked for almost two years on constructing the stage for Sunshine Royale Motel. From testing five different colors on the bathroom tiles to vintage American wall outlets, it were the smallest details that ultimately tied the room together.

In Chemnitz, Germany, they found the perfect location that suited as a backdrop. Visible through the window and open door of the set, the outside had to match the interior. Dictated by the time of day and perspective in the final shot on set, they matched the exterior of a 50’s theme motel to fit with the inside of the room.

EQUIPMENT

Unique for this project was the decision to shoot the complete series on a single wide-angle lens. This way we were able to really get up close and personal for the tight shots, while still retaining much of the room in the background. In addition, the wide angle view emphasized in the total shot the desolation of the characters; not only in relation to the room around them, but also to an inner wasteland we feel in them, but do not yet fully see.

CREW

Director
Michel Mölder

 

Director of Photography
Johan Dijkstra

Assistant director
Anouk Maas

Gaffer
Daan Thieme, Lichtmacht

 

Head Hair & Make-up

Kayleigh Schultz


Hair & Make-up: 

Madelon Prinsen & Sisley Angenois

 

Styling

Evita Broere

 

Setdressing

Kirsten Hanssen

Set aging

Andrea vd Kolk & Nicole Kroes

 

Copywriter

Claudio Tapia

Casting & Production

Cameleon Productions B.V.

 

Strategic Advisor

Robert Jan Glas

 

Setdesign

Michel Mölder & Johan Dijkstra

 

Edit/VFX

Michel Mölder

 

CAST

 

Barbara Sloesen

 

Barrie Stevens

 

Dennis Willekes

 

Erik de Vogel

 

Gerrie van der Klei

 

Humberto TanI

 

Manuelle Grives

 

Isa Hoes
 

Jody Bernal
 

Loiza Lamers
 

Lucas Hamming
 

Nowi Hagen
 

Michael Muyderman
 

Puck Pomelien Busser