Mika Van Ingen
Mika Van Ingen is a Dutch fashion photographer who is well known for his striking photographs. His work has won several prestigious competitions including the Holland Press Photographic Competition and the Egon Cup. Many of his photos are featured in magazines worldwide. Mika first joined the Amsterdam Fashion Institute back in 1984 and worked there as a student. He then went on to take training in other prestigious fashion institutes in London, Paris and New York.
Mika’s style is described by critics as “loud, aggressive, and playful”. Ingen utilizes a wide range of models and subjects for his work, from traditional images of couples to modern portraits of groups or family. His photos have a playful sense of abandon about them which is shared by the subjects in the photos.
Mika’s favorite colors are blacks and dark blues. He often mixes these colors with gray or browns depending upon the mood of the photo shoot. His style exudes an underlying sense of vibrancy and spontaneity. His subjects are never posed in a uniform manner. His style tends toward fast-moving action sequences that often include close ups of faces or objects.
Ingen began his career taking photographs of Dutch soccer fans before he entered the professional world. He found the sport exhilarating and the people more interesting. Mika’s fascination with soccer grew into a photography style all its own. As he pursued his career, he kept his eye on the happenings of the Netherlands and abroad.
He photographed the conflict in Vietnam and the revolution in Algeria. He covered the unrest in Europe during the height of the Cold War. He covered the war and unrest in the Middle East as well as issues at home like oil and environmental policy.
Mika van Ingen has taken photos of some of the most spectacular events that the photographic world has ever seen. Some of the pictures have won prestigious competitions and shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. He has worked for major news agencies including CNN and the Associated Press. He has covered everything from worldwide politics to natural disasters. Mika’s work has appeared in Time, Vanity Fair, Elle and Glamour magazine.
Mika is now a freelance photojournalist based in Los Angeles. He describes his style as “chaotic chaos”. He says that he takes photographs of the world as he finds it. He doesn’t follow a specific subject matter. For example, one photograph could be of a white tiger in the Brazilian rain forests and another might be of starving children in Africa.
The quality of his work is what sets him apart from other photojournalists. His vivid color palettes and stylized scenes have made his work stand out. His attention to detail is striking. And he says that all of his photographs are his own. But he admits that they all started with his favorite photograph. “I took that photo during a very bad day at work,” he said.
Mika van der Horst is a forceful presence on the scene. While he is not shy about sharing his opinions, he is careful not to talk down to the press or the public. “I try not to have a dry, arrogant attitude when I am interviewed by the media,” he said. “I always try to make them understand that I’m not a bad guy and that I’m just trying to do my job.”
Mika’s photojournalism style is characterized by bold, striking images that convey a strong sense of emotion. His subjects are almost always in the foreground. He uses bright colors, unusual poses and is often shown from an unusual angle. His photos can convey a powerful message about a given situation, subject or place.
Van Der Horst’s style is unusual in that many other photojournalists tend to prefer to use the standard, tripod style. He does, however, take unusual photos, like some that feature people in bikinis, swinging and lying on the beach. He said he takes these photographs to encourage people to be more adventurous. “I believe that taking photographs can say a lot about a person, so I feel free to take daring pictures and challenge myself,” he said. “The photos can convey a lot more than words.”
Van Der Horst said he tries not to use too much technical equipment, except for a few props such as the camera he uses. “I try to get the shot while using the most simple props possible,” he said. He uses film as his only medium of recording the experience, but does let his subjects see the photographs afterwards. The result is a unique style of photojournalism that has won him several awards and led to a book containing some of his work.