What a crazy week !
just 3 weeks ago I never heard of Irix until I went in search of a wider lens than my Nikon 14-24. I found an 11mm f/4.0 created by Irix. The fairly new company released 2 lenses. A 11mm f/4.0 and a 15mm f/2.4. I asked them to take the 11mm for a testdrive to Italy and they gladly agreed. Surpised with the ultra wide 11mm I took it for a good spin. The results were amazing. Razor sharp images and almost no distortion. I contacted Irix and we had a very good chat. I personally think Irix can become a huge player in the photographyt business. That is why I am proud to tell you as of today I am officially an Irix brand ambassador ! So expect a lot of Irix related photos, videos and interviews in the near future.
Irix 11mm f4.0 review
In 2007 Nikon released a beast of a wide-angle lens. The 14-24mm f/2.8. I bought it at the same time when I purchased my Nikon D700. Then it was my main lens on the D800 and now recently I have been using it on my D850. The wider, the better for me. Since most of the locations I shoot are small rooms my lens should be as wide as possible.
Hoping Nikon would go even wider I waited and waited. And then in 2015 Canon released their 11-24mm. Wow, 11mm compared to my 14mm is a big difference. I envied my Canon friends but expected Nikon to follow soon and again I waited and waited. Nothing happened.
When searching for possible announcement of a new Nikon lens I stumbled upon a company called IRIX. Everybody knows Sigma, Tamron and even Tokina but very few have ever heard of IRIX. Well that’s about to change. According to their website they released two prime lenses. A 15mm f/2.4 and a 11mm f/4.0. And there it was. My beloved 11mm lens on a website of a company nobody has heard of.
Digging a bit deeper into IRIX I found out they produce their lenses in two flavours. Both having exactly the same glass elements and features but they consist of a different housing. A rugged tough weather resistant version called Blackstone and a lightweight cheaper version called Firefly.
I looked a dozens of sample shots and to be honest I was quite impressed with the quality. The distortion seemed to be even less than my Nikon 14-24mm. But then at 11mm f/4.0 at 1/3rd of the price. I could not wait to give it a testdrive and the guys at IRIX were so kind to ship one to me.
After a few days the package was received and I could not wait to open it. In the box was some documentation, IRIX goodies and a metal container. Inside the container was a hard pouch with the lens. It was just a bit smaller then my Nikon 14-24 but the build quality about the same. It looked very promising from the start.
A few days after receiving the package I was going for a 7-day photo trip to Italy which was the perfect opportunity to bring the IRIX 11mm with me. It is a manual lens so I had to get used to use the manual focus ring. In combination with Liveview on the camera with zoom function it is really simple. The lens offers a focus lock option to secure your setting. The focus ring is sturdy and it again it feels like a quality product.
In one of the first locations I could not wait to compare 11mm to my Nikon at 14mm and just as I thought it was a pretty big difference. Much more of the building could fit in view. During my 7 days in Italy I used the IRIX lens for about 80% of the time. Shooting with it was easy, focussing too, even though it is a manual lens. Dark locations were no problem. Of course the aperture of f/4.0 is not as wide as Nikons f/2.8 but for me that is no issue since I only shoot from Tripod and I rarely shoot at very wide apertures.
Please see some samples shot with the Irix : https://artofurbex.smugmug.com/IRIX/n-Mc8xm7
So aren’t there any downsides ? Yes there is, only one for me. The lens cap. Sometimes it can fall off but that is the same with the Nikon. Am I gonna buy one ? Yes for sure and it will be the lens which is primarily attached to the D850. Highly recommended. Irix lenses are available for Nikon, Canon and Pentax.
Books now on Amazon & Bol
Tempus Fugit is now available on Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk and Bol.com
Ynet frontpage news
I made it to the front page of Israel's largest news site Ynet. IF you can read Hebrew you can find the article here : http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5025898,00.html
Ofcourse you can use an online translator to view it.
Tempus Fugit Pre-order live !
As of today it is possible to pre-order my new book " Tempus Fugit - a Decade in Decay "
Pre-order here : http://www.nikifeijen.com/book/tempus-fugit
Tempus Fugit mockup
Here is a small mockup of what the book will look like. It is massive ! 32x32cm and 256 pages in true offset print quality. Copperfoil embossed lettering over a mouldy linnen wallpaper cover. If you own Frozen or Disciple of Decay you know the quality will be stunning.
Tempus Fugit will cover my past 10 years of Urban Exploring. That means it also covers a part of the Frozen and Disciple of Decay period. That's good news for the people who missed out on Disciple of Decay. Tempus Fugit will include at least 75% photos that have not been published in one of my books before. This will be a no bullshit book. Not too much text. It is photos you want and photos you will get.
The Frozen limited edition copies sold out fast so besides the normal edition of Tempus Fugit again there will be also a limited edition of just 250 pieces. It comes signed and numbered on very nice chalk paper page and comes with a nice debossed and mouldy printed box.
Pre-order starts very soon.
Tempus Fugit - a Decade in Decay
Time flies.... It has been 10 years that I first stepped inside an abandoned building. a Decade ! That will be celebrated with a brand new book : Tempus Fugit - a Decade in Decay. a big 256 page book which measures 32x32 cm. Besides the normal one there will also be a signed and numbered limited edition in a linnen case.
More info and pre-order details soon !
Sorry for the lack of updates in the past months. We have bought a new house and are in the progress of renovating it completely. There have been some trips in the past weeks but I do not have access to my computer yet so no photo processing. The good news is everything is almost done so expect new photos soon.
Thanks for the patience !
Moose Peterson MP-3
MindShift Gear MP-3 The guys at MindShift Gear send me the MP-3 bag, from the brand new Moose Peterson series. The bag looks a bit unusual with its big compartment flaps but those "Moose Ears" are in fact a pretty smart invention. The flaps close automatically so your gear is always protected from bad weather and in my case dusty buildings.
There are 2 small compartments and one large one designed to fit your body with a massive lens attached to it. If you already own a MindShift Gear or Think Tank Photo bag you know you how well they build their products. They can take a beating. The MP-3 is no exception to that. Sturdy canvas, heavy duty zippers and a well padded shoulder straps. Inside you find a ton of dividers in all kinds of formats. Besides zipped pockets inside the flaps I especially liked the small zippered pockets that can be placed as any divider. Perfect to store your batteries or memorycards. The bag is pretty big. The MP-3 is the middle model and it is even wider than my Think Tank Streetwalker Harddrive. I love the Moose ear system. When I take something out of my bag I have the bad habit to leave my bag open and the ears take care of that problem.
The bad thing is I never use a big tele lens so the partitioning of the compartments for me is not ideal. I hope they continue this system and make them also for smaller lenses. I would love a big compartment for most of my stuff. A medium compartment to for my body with the attached lens and one final small pocket for stuff like batteries. If you are into wildlife photography or you regularly use a large tele lens don't look any further, in the Moose Peterson series is the one you want.
Mark Peet Visser Gallery
With great pride I can announce that my works will soon be available at Mark Peet Visser Gallery in
's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. They will only carry my premium artworks with non-glare museum quality acrylic glass. The first 3 large format photographs will be on display as of April. We are currently planning a solo exhibition around October.
Some busy weeks up ahead ! My works will be on display at two simultaneous events :
Gallery Ptah Open Deur dagen
5&6 March and 12&13 March
Tegelen, The Netherlands
More info : www.ptah.biz
Excellent Luxury Fair
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Free tickets at Gallery Rembrandt !
More info : http://www.excellentwonenleven.nl
Happy new year !
2015 has been an amazing year for me. I made some great trips across europe and photographed several places that were high on my wanted list. I exhibited at some very cool art fairs but the main highlight was ofcourse my solo exhibition in Copenhagen.
The planning for 2016 has already started and the first trips have been planned. I wish you all a happy new year and an amazing 2016. See you soon !
Disciple of Decay illegal copies
Unfortunately there is a user "Supersea" on Amazon that is selling unsigned and unnumbered copies of my book Disciple of Decay. These books came from a very badly printed batch that should have been destroyed. The books have been stolen and are now being sold by him.
Currently we are taking legal actions to stop this. Please do not buy the book. It is badly stitched, photos have ghosting, wrong colors and ink spots.
* As of 28/11 Amazon refunded the buyers and took care of the person in question.
For just 2 weeks available ; a bundle consisting of a signed copy of "Frozen" and a signed Hahnemühle fine-art print of "The Wait".
Only available from : http://www.nikifeijen.com/book/frozen
Featured at Uproxx
Uproxx featured me in a very nice article :
Non-glare acrylic glass
If you ever seen museum glass you know how fantastic it looks with its non glare look. As of today Its also possible to add non glare museum acrylic glass to my artworks which has the same amazing non glare quality as the normal glass version. Please send an inquiry when interested.
Opening Solo Exhibition VIDI in Copenhagen
Hello from Copenhagen !
Last weekend I had a very successful preview and vernissage of my frst solo exhibition "VIDI" at Gallery Oxholm in Copenhagen. 16 large format works are on display as well as my books Disciple of Decay and Frozen. You can visit the exhibition until July 19th.
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 :
Gallery Rembrandt, Netherlands
Absolute Art Gallery, Belgium
Galerie Lauth, Germany
Galleri Oxholm, Denmark
Ptah Kunstadvies, Netherlands
Next Exhibition / Art Fair
Kölner Liste, 19-22April
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