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Marcel Van Balken
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Marcel van Balken EFIAP/b-ELDAF (1958)
I spent weekends and evenings in the darkroom where I started loving photography. Through the use of sophisticated darkroom (and later digital) techniques I am specialized in surrealistic imaging and able to produce all kinds of special effects namely in black and white. In 2000 I started working with digital imaging. With advanced software like Photoshop I’m able to combine several negatives or slides to new exiting images.
As a photographer I’m interested in specific themes. I believe in working thematically with an absolute preference for surrealistic and creative photography. I give myself a kind of theme or assignment and will not stop making photographs unless I think I got everything out of this assignment. Some of my assignments may take half a year while others take 4 years or even longer!
Alongside the awards and exhibitions there have been more than 100 publications of my work in numerous publications (i.e. Focus, FOTO, Foto Creativ/FotoColor, Kodak Image 2000, Photography Yearbook 1996 + 1999). My work can also be seen at my own gallery ‘Photure Image Gallery’ www.photure.demon.nl and other international sites as www.fotoartmagazine.gr, www.profotos.com and www.itisphoto.com

For the magazine FotoCreative (today it's called Color Foto) I was invited to maintain the honour "ELDAF" - "Ehrenloge Deutscher Amateurfotografen" after more than 30 publications in 1997.

WEBSITE: Photure Image gallery

 

Portfolio "On the coast"

"ON THE COAST"

 

Portfolio "Statuesque"

"STATUESQUE"

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