Think Tank StreetWalker Harddrive
After my review of the Think Tank Airport TakeOff backpack in January I talked to the guys at Think Tank Photo and the offered me another bag to review. Because my new trip did not include a flight I could settle for a smaller more compact bag. After looking at their website the Streetwalker Harddrive seemed perfect for my trips.
About a week later it was delivered to my home. As expected the bag had the same build quality as the Takeoff, that means it is build to last. It can definitely take a beating. Very thick sturdy canvas and heavy duty YKK zippers. The bag is much smaller than the TakeOff but extremely complete.
The backpack straps are one of the most comfortable ones I have ever seen, thick and padded. The backplate is also padded so it will rest softly against your back. In the middle it has an airflow channel made from breathable fabric to keep your back cool.
The 2 pockets on the front are designed to carry small stuff like papers, memory cards or batteries. I use them to carry my passport, headlight, gloves and dust mask. At the bottom a lid which pulls out a tripod cup. 2 straps with neatly designed clasps are included inside which can be attached as tripod holders. Even though I have a large Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod with a large BH-55 bullhead on it, the straps could easily hold the tripod firm in place. The sides also have additional pockets but I had no need for them. At the back is a padded slot to store your laptop. To my surprise my 17” Macbook Pro fitted without any problem.
When opening the StreetWalker HardDrive you can see 2 big pockets on the lid. In the top one I store my batteries and small gear in the bottom one. The inside of the base can be adjusted any way you want with velcro dividers. I really liked the default layout and just moved 2 of the dividers. A rain cover is included if you find yourself in some bad weather on the road. I carry a lot of gear like a SmallHD screen, Colorspace harddrive, several lenses, flashlights, tools and I even had space left. You get a lot of bag for your money. Even of you own two or three DSLR bodies you shouldn’t have any problems stashing them together with the rest of your gear inside.
With all my gear inside and the tripod attached the bag is pretty heavy but with the well build harness construction the weight was divided perfectly and I could carry the bag whole days without any problems.
Do I recommend this bag ? Oh yes, you will love it. It has a pretty steep price tag but you get exactly what you pay for. You won’t regret it.
This is my main bag now and Think Tank will have a tough job building something even better.
Think Tank Airport TakeOff
When I planned a trip that included a flight I came to the conclusion that my current Lowepro camerabag was not really suitable as cabin gear so the search for a new bag began. The guys at Think Tank Photo were so kind to send me an Airport TakeOff backpack to take with me and put it to test on my recent Italy trip. The hybrid combination of a stroller and backpack seemed perfect and I wonder why nobody else thought of that years ago. I told them the bag would have to be pretty sturdy to survive the conditions the derelict buildings are in as well being pulled through overgrown gardens while at the same time being comfortable as I am carrying the bag a lot. I was being told that should be no problem and the asked me to write and publish an honest review. So here we go.
When I received it and took it out of the box I was a little sceptical about the dimensions and I feared the bag would never fit into the airplane cabine storage unit. There was nothing to worry because it fitted the cabin locker without any problems. You will get a LOT of bag space for your money. This bag will easily hold 2 dslr’s with lenses fitted and plenty additional gear. I managed to fit in all the gear I own and still have space left.There are many zippered pockets and I even used one to carry my passport and boarding pass.
The backpack is made from very heavy duty canvas and looks just like a normal airplane stroller but it can be transformed into a backpack in seconds. It features it retractable handle, two wheels as well as tucked away backpack straps. The build quality is simply amazing. It’s build like a tank with high quality materials. The wheels are not the average stroller plastic noisy ones but can be compared with high quality rollerblade wheels. On 2 sides there are big padded handles for lifting. The retractable handle feels a bit flimsy due to made of very light weight material and although Think Tank recommends not lifting the bag on the handle I could lift the bag easily with full gear inside. I had no problems attaching my large Really Right Stuff TVL-34 tripod to the side of the bag with the straps and included tripod cup. If you want to take your laptop on your trips, forget about taking a seperate laptop case. The Airport TakeOff features a separate front pocket for it, including a lock and cable. It fits 15” and probably even most 17” laptops.
I was a bit suprised how comfortable the backpack straps are, they are thick, padded and it gives you the feeling you are carrying a high grade backpack.
While the combination of the stroller / backpack is executed in a flawless way for me it’s just a bit too big. If you are a photographer who is also a frequent traveler you will love this bag. If they ever release a mini version of this back which is about 10cm smaller in height & width and about 5cm thinner It would be a perfect solution for me. For now, despite the size it will remain my number one bag when flights are part of my trips.
Here are the 3 different editions of Frozen.
More photos can be found at ; http://artofurbex.smugmug.com/Art/Frozen/
Part of the Sir Elton John photography collection
With great pride i can announce that one of my photographs is now part of the Sir Elton John photography collection. I am very honored that my name is among legendary photographers as ; Edward Weston, David LaChapelle, Diane Arbus and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Where are these places ?
I get at least a dozen questions a day where a certain place is. Everytime I have to give the same answer.
To protect the locations from (copper)thieves, vandals and graffiti taggers, locations are never revealed. It's a true shame but I have witnessed amazing preserved locations being smashed to pieces and covert in graffiti in just weeks. The only thing I can say is that they are scattered across Europe.
I hope you all can understand.
Featured on ABCnews
And now ABCnews did an article and gallery on Frozen ;
Published in the Daily Mail !
Just like last year the daily mail published a story about my work.
Frozen Pre-Order started !
As of today, my new upcoming book “Frozen” can be pre-ordered through my website.
Frozen will be officially launched during the Berliner Liste - Fair for Contemporary Art in September. All pre-orders are guaranteed of a copy.
A lot of people missed out on my previous book “Disciple of Decay” which sold out completely within just 6 months so Pre-order now and a copy of Frozen is yours !
Frozen official release
My new book "Frozen" will be officialy released at the Berliner Liste Art Fair 2014 ! Ofcourse all the people who will pre-order are guaranteed of a copy.
Frozen has a white velvet cover, 184 pages at thick 175gr paper and will come in 3 editions. All editions are in large format 28x28cm offset print. A Belly band with silver writing has the titel and also the edition type.
Besides a normal edition there will be 150 pieces limited edition which are signed, numbered 51 to 200 and will be beautifully presented in a custom logo embossed clamshell box.
The very limited 50 pieces collectors edition has the same as the limited edition but numbered 1 to 50 and comes with silver painted paper edges, a deckle edged Hahnemühle fine art print signed and numbered the equal number as the book.
Pre-order starts in a few weeks.
I've just returned from 2 wonderful photo trips to italy. A total of 7000km driven and visited 26 abandoned locations. From massive villas to forgotten hotels and decaying churches. Many thanks to Martin Widlund, Willem van Dijke and especially Paul Morris who managed to spend 10 days with me on the road ! Every day new shots !
Exhibition at the Kölner Liste
I will be showing my work at the Kölner Liste art fair from 10 - 13th of April 2014. Special opening at April 9th.
More info at ; http://www.koelner-liste.org
New book coming !
Disciple of Decay sold out within 6 months and that exceeded my wildest dreams. This year it's time for a new chapter. I started working on my new book : Frozen. A brand new book filled with abandoned places all over the world. It will have the same size as Disciple of Decay (28x28cm) but now a staggering 184 pages ! Besides the normal edition there will be a Limited and a Collectors editon available. Expected release date is at the end of this year. To be notified when pre-ordering is available you can leave your details at the "Order Book" section in the menu.
LAST copy of Disciple of Decay
All 500 copies of my book Disciple of Decay have been sold. However for an awesome charity cause i have put my own copy, nr. 2 of 500 on Ebay.
Bid generously at ; http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=301004750980
Disciple of Decay SOLD OUT
In April 2013 I self published and released my book "Disciple of Decay". A large format book with over 150 pages of the finest places in decay strictly limited to one printed edition of 500 pieces, all signed and numbered. The demand for the book exceeded my wildest dreams. All 500 pieces were sold within 6 months. Thank you all so much for your support !!
Disciple of Decay expected tomorrow !
The second and last batch of my book Disciple of Decay is expected to arrive at my place tomorrow. Ofcourse they will be send out as soon as possible. There are still books available for those interested. Limited to 500 pieces worldwide, all signed and numbered. After the 500 have sold out there will not be another press.
Featured on NBC !
It's getting crazier every day… today featured on NBC !
In the media...
2 Brand new media publications :
The first one is from Arts Holland : http://www.artsholland.com/blog/beauty-decay-art-urbex-0
And the second one is an article in Dutch national paper "Algemeen Dagblad" ; http://www.nikifeijen.nl/application/nikifeijen/files/Afbeeldingen/ad_artikel.jpg
Disciple of Decay delivery
The second and last shipment of Disciple of Decay has a small delay and is expected to arrive at my place June 25th. All orders will be send out within a few days after that. To be clear there will be just 500 signed and numbered books pressed in total. There are still books available at this moment.
Photos from my book.
I just uploaded a small gallery which has some shots from my book "Disciple of Decay"
Gallery at ; http://artofurbex.smugmug.com/Art/book
Featured in the Daily Mail
What's happening.... Yesterday featured in the Huffington Post en today in the Daily Mail :
The Eagle Has Landed !
Ladies and Gentlemen, today my book Disciple of Decay has officially been released ! Thank you for all the pre-orders which exceeded all expectations. However there are still enough books available. Order your copy now, just 500 signed and numbered copies available worldwide !
Disciple of Decay being pressed !
All the stuff for my upcoming book : "Disciple of Decay" has been send to the press office ! So if everything works out according to plan, the books will arrive at my place last week of April. Ofcourse i will send them out as fast as possible. Pre-ordering is still possible.
To be clear ; Disciple of Decay will appear as just ONE very limited edition of 500 pieces. There will be no 2nd press of the book. So if you want a copy, make your reservation.
I survived two awesome multiday trips. The first trip crossed Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland, lasted 4 days and in the end we hit an insane 3500 km. Together with Martin Widlund and Andreas Swane and straight through snowblizzards, narrow forrest roads and horror penzions in the middle of nowhere. Even though it was an extremely tight schedule we visited almost every location on the list. I had a blast. Thanks guys.
Just a week later a 3 day trip through snowy mountains and asbestos filled tunnels with mister Lucas "Photoportee" and Norbert Löv. I have never seen so many snow and accidents while driving. Driving 300km over snow covered roads at night dimly lit by my car's headlights is a very scary experience and not very good for your neck and shoulder muscles :) But it all was so wrorth it.
2 epic journeys and lots of stories to remember !
a Trey Ratcliff style HDR
Something else for a change. This time no urbex shot but a nice shot of TerWorm castle at blue hour. Processed in a Trey Ratcliff style HDR while not oversaturating the colors.
Prints are available in different sizes from my Smugmug shop :
I found my way to Google+
You can also add me to your circles now on Google+ ! Still figuring out how it all works but hey, i'm there :
Fading Memories on 1x.com
Today I got my 8th photograph published on curated photography site 1x.com ! Very happy about this because every photo displayed has been hand picked by a curator. See "Fading Memories" at :
Yay ! 2 spots on 500px best 2012 urbex photos
Awesome, Famous photo site 500px.com made a list of the 10 best urban exploring photographs uploaded last year. Guess what ? I got 2 spots on that list !
Disciple of Decay book : Pre-Order
Now you can register to be notified when my book "Disciple of Decay" is available. Also now it's possible to pre-order the book to be certain you get one of just 500 copies worldwide !
Go here : http://www.artofurbex.com/book
Disciple of Decay
My very own book : Disciple of Decay will be released around April this year.
a Very high quality book limited to just 500 pieces and will contain over 150 pages on a 28 x 28 cm format. The pages are 170 gr. and will have a matte finish. Every book will be handnumbered and signed. Soon there will be a possibility to enter your name on a list so you will be the first to know when it's out. At first it is exclusively available through my website.
Official Facebook Page
Besides my personal Facebook page, there is also an official Art of Urbex Fan page. Here all the latest photos and other important information will be shared :
Emerging Talent @ Chase Jarvis Blog
I'm Currently featured as "Emerging Talent" on Chase Jarvis' blog. Read all about it at :
Another 1x.com addition
My "Art Deco Beehive" shot from the Theatre des Reines was selected among the best photographs out there to be published on 1x.com
1st prize !
I won the 1st prize in a Architectural Photo contest with my "Enlightment" shot !
Limited Edition Fine Art prints
Now it's possible to order a photograph as a Limited Edition Giclee fine art print. The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
Sizes are available in 70x50cm and 100x70cm. Tey are all hand signed & numbered. Every size has just a very limited quantity of 10 pieces and is printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 310 gr/m2 paper.
UE magazine interview
Thanks to GERV from UEmag.com you can read my interview over here :
Interview in UE Magazine !
I'm currently featured in a 4-page interview in UE Magazine ! a great high quality magazine dedicated to Urban Exploring. Get your copy over here; http://uemag.com/index.php/mag.html
Another layout change
Again the layout will change over the next few weeks. New logo and also new features on the site. There may be some downtime while transferring the site.
In the meantime check for the latest updates my Flickr.com page at : flickr.com/photos/nikifeijen
2nd photo on 1x.com
Yes !! a second photo of mine has been published on 1x.com. What makes 1x different from other photo sites is that every photo displayed has been hand picked by a curator.
Because of that 1x.com is the leading site on high quality photography so i'm really excited about my photos being published !
You can find it over here : 1x.com/photo/49981
Published on 1x.com !!
Yihaaa, my photo got selected to join the creme de la creme of photos published on 1x.com !
Artworks Available at :
Rembrandt, Eindhoven (NL)
Galerie Lauth, Ludwigshafen (DE)
Next Exhibition / Art Fair
Art Karlsruhe, 5-8 March
Kölner Liste, 16-19 April
Kunstraum Ailinger, Berlin, Q2
KUNZfetti, Sittard, 14-17 May
Art Copenhagen 17-20 September
Berliner Liste, 17-20 September
AAF Hamburg, 19-22 November
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