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name and portrait Jan van der Woning

company Studio Jan van der Woning
website name Panorama World
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city and country Duivendrecht (Amsterdam), the Netherlands

personal statement I wanted to become a photographer when I took my first picture at the age of sixteen and became a professional at the age of 25 when I got my degree in photography from the Dutch "Fotovakschool".

Now I have 37 years of professional experience in all the various fields of photography. I worked for an Audio–Visual company (Carillon Producers) and directed and produced tape-slide shows and film and video productions. Later I worked at the Free University, and was an employer as well. I owned my own studio where I made photo shoots and video productions on all kind of subjects.

I have given workshops and lectured at the Highschool in Holland and at Dexter University. I like to pass on my knowledge and skills to others, to help them reach a higher level. That is also why I am a director of the IVRPA, the International VR Photography Association, also to create more awareness for VR and panoramic photography.

With the IVRPA I have organised exhibitions and several times a booth at the Photokina. I have also had exhibitions in the Panorama Mesdag Museum in The Hague, Holland, the Artkite museum in Detmold Germany, and my work is in private and institutional collections.

I travel around the world and have visited both the Artic and Antarctic, round the equator, and the USA but I also like to make panoramas just around the corner in lovely Amsterdam, where I was born

Many of my panoramas are 396 degrees, all around and a bit more. This extra 10% is because the same spot is photographed twice, though with a minimal time difference of 3 seconds. Each change that has occurred in that time is made visible. In one photograph 2 time-moments of the same spot are shown — left and right are behind you, where are you yourself, a transformation in time and place is created! I use the change in perspective that occurs when making a 396 panorama as an important imaging element, and I play with these newly created forms. Straight lines bend, distortions are formed, nothing is like we are used to seeing it.

The moment of the day plays an important role for me as well. I favor the “twilight zone” or “l’heure bleue”, the time near to sunrise and sunset, when the world is changed by the color and direction of the light. As the sun is not present a special flow of light, a special color quality and color shift, and also the influence of artificial light makes it a special moment of the day. But also actual sunrise and set attracts me in a special way.

With my panoramas I try to put the world in a different light, to give a new perspective and try to give a new flavor to wellknown places and to create amazement.

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first image title Sunset and sunrise at Vernadsky base, 396 degrees panorama
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first image place date Argentine Islands, Antarctic, Midnight, December 23 2000
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We visited this place in the afternoon and the beauty of the scene was powerful.

In the evening we were invited to the Ukrainian Base to get a drink (illegal brown Pepper Vodka). When we were in the compound I saw the sky slowly turn pink. I asked one of the crew to go back with the boat to the place that we had visited this afternoon as I expected a beautiful sunset. Not a real sunset, as we were near the polar circle and at that latitude and time of year the sun just touches the horizon at midnight then slowly rises again.

The sky was quite dark, presaging a snowstorm, and half an hour later the beauty was gone — snowing,  and winter took us in its grasp.

The panorama was taken on film with a Roundshot 220VR and a Nikor 28 mm lens, Kodak Portra 800 ISO. Total exposure time is around 7 minutes. Scanned with a Flextight scanner

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second image title Dingy, 396 degrees panorama
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second image place date Cuverville Island, Antarctica, December 21, 2000
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second image caption We visited a place between the islands, where icebergs strand and slowly die away. Because of the current they are trapped but they still move, back and forward, up and down and sometimes collide. Because of their sizes they all have different, unpredictable movements, resulting in water that is sometimes still and sometimes very rough.

I tried to reflect the feeling you get when you are in a tiny rubber boat between these mastodons and the seasick-making feeling because of the waves. To get this enormous wave I pointed my camera down at an angle instead of horizontal, resulting in this wavy horizon

Seitz Roundshot 220 VR, Nikor 15 mm, Portra 200, Flextight scanner

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third image title Cows, 396 degrees panorama
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third image place date Coeckangen, Drenthe, Netherlands, August 11 2007
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These cows were photographed for a magazine about sustainability and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) called Pplus or People, Planet, Profit. The cows are raised in a sustainable way, with concern for the environmental and economical aspects. The well being of the animals and the working conditions are well monitored and respected. For example the cow can milk herself with a milking robot, resulting in very happy and playful cows.

When we entered the meadow they gathered around me and even tried to lick me, that is why one of the heads is elongated. This is a classical example of a 396 panorama. The cow on the left licks her side and 3 seconds later at the right side, she looks straight forward. But that happened behind me while taking care not to be overthrown by the cows or to scare them away.

Seitz Roundshot 220 VR, Nikor 15 mm, Portra 200, Flextight scanner

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fourth image title Fire Sky
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fourth image place date Monument Valley, Arizona, USA, April 21, 2010
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fourth image caption After the IVRPA conference in Tuscon, I made a short visit to Monument Valley. As I was low on money and the rates of the hotels in and around the park were high, I decided to sleep in the car. I first parked it at the base of a butte, but all of a sudden I realised, seeing the rubble and boulders, that at night, when cooling down, a part of the rock could fall down and destroy my car with me in it. So I parked at the Goulding Lodge and tried to sleep.

It was a restless night with short periods of sleep and then waking again. So, long before sunrise, I decided to go back to the spot where I expected a nice sunrise. A storm was predicted and this was what happened, a fire sky.

Nikon D70, 3x8 images, Nikor 80 mm Nodal Ninja with RD16, Ptgui Pro stitcher

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