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From 2014 till 2016 I was strongly focussing on re-inventing myself, in fact, I still am and probably will always be. I needed to get in contact with my inner self again. Doing so I followed a haptonomy course of a year. Haptonomy, the science of Affectivity, observes studies and explores human behaviour in social interactions and effective relationships. The concept of Haptonomy is derived from the conjunction of the classic Greek term hapsis. Hapsis means; touch, sense, sensation or tact. The word â€˜nomosâ€™ means law, rule and norm. This interest formulates my base, which is still visible in my art today.
Richard, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
When I was thirteen or fourteen years old, I started photographing. My father brought me into the magical world of the darkroom. He taught me how to develop and enlarge my film negatives. It was amazing and wonderful, to see how the pictures slowly came to life. I started to go out on the streets and to photograph (parts of) people.
Who is your inspiration in life Richard? How do you keep inspired?
(my) Children, nature (especially the ocean when I am sailing, film. Human behaviour.
We all make mistakes Richard; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
On a big set, I did not make clear appointments with every attendee. Finally, it went out alright but. It was stressful
Richard, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I do not work for clients when I do not like them or when I am not in full control of the (artistic) process.
Please tell us, Richard, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
On every shoot, this happens.
Richard, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
In my last series: "Whanganui".
Richard, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I managed to photograph my mother while she was seriously ill, just two day's before she died. (and I did not have contact with her for the last months.) As I photographed her, the contact recovered between us, and we reconnected.
Richard, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always creative in my work; else I don't do the job. It is my idea my creativity that will pop out the camera.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Do it! Make pictures, read the light, learn learn learn, Always try to be better than yesterday.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
photographer: Richard Westerhuis @richardwesterhuis