Morrisey | TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. October 10, 2014.
I saw a great Morrissey show at TivoliVredenburg last night.
© Nick Helderman.
Morrisey | TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. October 10, 2014.
End Of The Road Festival - Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury UK. August 2014.
Back in august I spent a weekend at the End Of The Road Festival to shoot photos for them. Still wanted to share some of the pics on Tumblr as it was one of the best summer festivals I’ve been to. Also, they have peacocks roaming the fields!
Addis Ababa. October 2014.
Getatchew Mekuria | Addis Ababa, Oct 14 2014.
Back from Addis! Getatchew Mekuria, The Ex & Friends played a super strong show at the National Theatre in Ethiopia on Tuesday. It was amazing to see this project one last time in front of 1500 people. I hope to show more photos of this trip somewhere soon.
Finally! I’m going to Ethiopia.
In 2 days I’m flying to Ethiopia to finish a project that started 7 years ago. The Ex will play their last shows with Getatchew Mekuria, a great Ethiopian saxophonist. in 2007 they released their first record together. I was a big fan of The Ex and the culture they represent and hearing them with Getatchew blew my mind. They let me come on the road with them to document the live shows. First in The Netherlands and Belgium, later in France and in 2008 we flew to the States for a 2 week tour.
Following them around definitely has been the most inspiring project I’ve done. The resemblance between the attitude of The Ex and Ethiopian culture is amazing. I’ve always wanted to complete it by going over to Addis Abeba and document the project there.
Pictures above are all from the tour in 2008 except the last one. It shows Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete and Getatchew Mekuria during North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam, 2009.
Bear In Heaven | Bitterzoet, Amsterdam.
I’ve seen this band many times, but last night might have been the best show of all.
Dan Snaith | Caribou. September 2014.
Shot for the VPRO.
Bowerbirds, Raleigh, North Carolina by Nick Helderman/ The Hell Gate
Beach Masters | Hersonissos, Greece. July 2014.
This summer De Nieuwe Revu sent me out to Greece to shoot a reportage on the popular party holiday destination Hersonissos. Although the magazine mainly needed a ton of party photos, I also enjoyed the hang with people who I thought I’d have nothing in common with. I’ll post a full collection on my website soon. Until then, here’s one of my favorite shots from that week.
3VOOR12 Award 2014.
Tonight, 3VOOR12 will announce the best Dutch record of the past year out of 12 nominees. I feel fortunate to have worked with 6 of the artists this year.
traumahelikopter took me on the road for a week in 2013, from Austin TX to Los Angeles and San Diego through New Mexico and Arizona. Initially I shot a reportage for the VPRO Magazine, but we also used more than 1000 photos for a weird stop motion video for Down In The City. And finally, this shot of the band looking over a cliff in LA was then used as the record cover for their nominated LP I Don’t Understand Them At All. Very proud of this one.
Tom Trago was featured in DJ Broadcast a while ago, and I got to shoot photos for the 6-page article. It was a very fun shoot, no preparation, just a long walk around Trouw Amsterdam and a lot of improvisation. After the feature was published Tom’s management bought a selection of the images for promotional use. It’s one of my favorite shoots I’ve done in a while because we managed so shoot such a big variety of images in one afternoon.
De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig were working on their last record, “Ja Natúúrlijk!” when their management asked me to shoot their press photos. It was a surprising assignment as they’re so far out of the stuff I usually did at that point, but at the same time they fit right in. High five to Kostijn for making that connection.
Moss was always a band that I wanted to work with, but somehow we never got to hang out in the first years I lived in Amsterdam. 2 years ago they played a special show at Tivoli Oude Gracht for 3voor12, and I helped out with filming. We stayed in touch, and when they started working on “We Both Know The Rest Is Noise” they invited me to come along to Sweden to document the recording and shoot press photos. Unfortunately my gear got stolen one month later together with all the photos. We shot these 4 portraits for the artwork in their rehearsal space with borrowed equipment.
Thomas Azier and I kind of know each other from the skateboard / whatever scene in Leeuwarden when we were both around 16. Or, so we realised when I photographed him in Berlin for the VPRO in 2012. A year later I looked him up during CMJ in New York. He was playing a pretty shitty club with a very shitty vibe and the party was about an hour behind on schedule. We hung out for a while and then went for a walk around the venue, on the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge. I shot this portrait right there on the street, about 10 minutes before showtime. After that he set up his stuff, (he was playing solo) and just dove into this 30 minutes set without a light show or any proper sound on stage. Still he took his performance really serious and it made the show more raw, more punk. There he was, black bomber jacket, a mic, bright white light on stage and an audience of dudes in jeans and blazers and drunk women who were talking through the set. And he was just killing it. So powerful. Actually the best performance I saw that week.
Jungle By Night shouldn’t be in the list really because I shot this photo for their first record, 2 years ago. We talked about referring to those old photos from Nigerian, Ethiopian and Ghanese records. Sweaty, crazy looking guys, posing for the camera but still way too wild for a decent group photo. The Black Hippies, Marijata, those kind of bands. We found this little garden right around the corner from their studio. It’s probably the only good looking photo I’ve ever made of more than 5 people.
Tonight I’ll be shooting pics on the red carpet for 3VOOR12, and later on at the party inside. See you there!
My Brightest Diamond | Amsterdam, June 2014.
Elbow - closing the 2nd edition of Best Kept Secret, last weekend in Hilvarenbeek, NL.
I went down to the 2nd edition of Best Kept Secret this weekend to cover the festival together with 5 other photographers. You can see ALL the photos at their Flickr.
Jordy van den Nieuwendijk & Joris Diks | The Jaunt.
EMA - I shot these portraits in Amsterdam back in February.
My first assignment for Het Parool! Nathan Moszkowicz photographed for the cover of PS Het Parool. May 26 2014.
Samuel T. Herring | Future Islands. Amsterdam, 2010.
Adam Granduciel, The War On Drugs - Amsterdam, NL. 2014.
© Nick Helderman.
Raphaelle & Austin | Braids.
Prescott National Forest, Arizona. March 2014.
Warpaint by Nick Helderman
Emily Kokal (vocals, guitar, synths)
Jenny Lee Lindberg (vocals, bass)
Theresa Wayman (vocals, guitar, keys, drums)
Stella Mozgawa (vocals, guitar, keys, drums)
(I THINK the order I’ve listed them in there is the order they’re in, left to right, in the picture - but I wouldn’t swear to it.)
Posting the line-up here mostly for my own reference, so I can talk more specifically about for example “Stella’s drums” rather than just “the drums”. Info on who plays what from the Warpaint Wikipedia page, which also tells me that Shannyn Sossamon off of A KNIGHT’S TALE was on drums and vocals in the band’s original line-up, which is a thing I didn’t know!
Ty Segall crowd surfing during the London Calling festival at the Paradiso club, Amsterdam. Photo by Nick Helderman/ The Hell Gate