Portraits of Heroes

While I was photographing some cyclists at ‘De Muur’ in Geraardsbergen (Belgium) a bystander told me a race would start here in a couple of days. Why should I come, there are so many races. What time would that be I asked the guy. He told met around 10 PM. Huh, where would they go to in the dark, I asked? Last year they drove to Turkey he answered. I could not believe it and at home I found out about it on the internet, the Transcontinental race would start from Geraardsbergen to Meteora in Greece. 4000 km to pedal and 4 checkpoints to visit. All 300 international cyclists have to complete the self supported race solo or in pairs and within a time frame so this means they go as fast and light as possible.

So there I was at the #TCRno5 race photographing the start and making portraits of all those heroes.

The next day the dot watching started at home, each racer had a tracker so we could follow their track across Europe. I could not believe this, those people were cycling 20+ hours at a speed of 26 km/h each day for 10 days and more. Congratulations to all the racers of the fifth transcontinental race, scratched or winner, you are all unbelievable!

RIP Frank Simons who’s race ended tragically to soon.
More info and stories at: www.transcontinental.cc

Industrial photo shoot

Have you ever been high above the ground in between some high voltage lines?
Well, that’s where we did our photoshoot of Kilian, our professional model and security instructor for rope access.
Security is done by means of a double absorber fixed to anchor points, so no ropes this time.
Safety and permissions are all approved and taken care of by Elia, the owner of the installation.
The result of our organizing skills and expertise at height ensured us to make some stunning and unique images of high voltage craftsman in action.
Ow, yes we did switched of the power before the shoot 😉 … hmm not sure if we switched it on afterwards…

climbing stars at the IFSC worldcup Belgium 2015

Last weekend we had some great climbers from all over the world in Puurs (BE). A lot of talented climbers leaded their routes with great effort in this competition. Only few of them topped out all of the routes. Domen Skofic (SLO) and Jain Kim (KOR) topped all the routes, both winners for this round of the world cup. A golden medaille and some Belgium golden ‘Duvel’ Beer for their victory.
Anak Verhoeven from Belgium topped in the semi finals and finally took a third place, way to go Anak!