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Willem Klopper

My name is Willem Klopper. In daily life I am a teacher at a primary school in Assendelft, Zaanstad, the Netherlands. In 2005 I started photographing with a digital camera. Before that, I was also photographing, but not as much as now. When I joined a photo contest for fun in these days, I was really surprised when my photo was chosen out of 60,000 others to win this Canon-contest. With the camera and the lenses I won, this hobby became more serious for me.

Winner Canon contest in the category: playing with food

 

I love music. I regurlarly visit concerts and always bring my photogear with me. Through my photos I met lots of bands and musicians who liked my pictures.

I was the photographer of the Dutch band Intwine and made lots of photos during their tours. Until they quit they used my photos for posters and cd covers.

Also in the progrock-scene my photos are used and well known. Bands like Marillion, Pendragon, IQ, Spock’s Beard, Neal Morse, enz. used my photos for CD- en DVD-covers and articles in magazines.

I was asked to become the house-photographer of “De Waerdse Tempel”, a big concert hall in Heerhugowaard. (2300 persons). In the few years I worked there as a concertphotographer, I was there at all concerts and my pictures were used for the website of the Waerdse Tempel.

A few names of bands and artists I photographed there:

YES
TOTO
Golden Earring
Bløf
Marco Borsato
Marillion
Joe Bonamassa
Jethro Tull
Ilse de Lange
van Velzen
de Dijk
Krezip
Within Temptation
Solomon Burke
Motorhead
Kool and the Gang

Ilse de Lange in the Waerdse Tempel

Alan Parsons
Guus Meeuwis
Saga
Paul Carrack
Living Colour
The Dubliners
Racoon … and many others.

In januari 2012 the Waerdse Tempel closed their doors and since then concertphotography is not my main thing anymore. I’m doing several other things in photograpy now, such as nature-photography, but also photoshoots with adults and children and weddings. But it’s hard to combine with a full-time job as a teacher.
In 2015 I won a photo-contest organized by my town for promotion purposes.  These were the winning photo’s:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In 2017 heb ik de winnende foto gemaakt van de ELFIA-fotowedstrijd. Deze foto zal komend jaar op de posters en folders van Elfia te zien zijn. Dit is een festival met 15000 bezoekers. (www.elfia.com)

Winning photo Elfia-contest 2017

Please have a look in the different galleries on my site and contact me if you have any questions or comments. Enjoy!
Willem Klopper
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