In my spare time I am a photographer. My regular job is being a professor in Computer Science at a research university. On some occasions I can combine these two activities. With, I think, very nice results.
As a researcher I am co-director of a large national research project called COMMIT with over 200 people participating coming from various universities, academic institutes, and companies. During its meetings the participants give presentations, give demos, talk to each other, and have fun. I enjoy taking pictures of the participants during these events. They are so passionate about what they are doing. It is nice to capture that passion. There is no posing, no directing models, no rehearsals. It is capturing real time events, just like in journalistic photography.
I share the pictures with my colleagues via a password-protected album on my own NAS. Some of my colleagues give interviews for newspapers, magazines, websites etc. For these interviews they quite often use pictures of themselves taken by me. I feel very proud about that.
Here you will find an article about Aimee that includes the above two pictures. In the first one she is on stage giving a presentation on Ethics in ICT for the COMMIT community. The second one is taken during a photoshoot in the Design Lab at my university, faking an interview. She is also one of the founders of the Responsible Robotics Foundation. We got to know each other when she was a PhD student with the ambition to become an ethics advisor. Now she is a high potential researcher in that area.
I enjoy journalistic photography and I hope more of my pictures will appear in the press in the near future.