Photography & Cinematography

Rutger Pauw: Capturing the Essence of Athleticism

© Rutger Pauw


© Rutger Pauw
© Rutger Pauw
© Rutger Pauw
© Rutger Pauw
© Rutger Pauw

After attending art school and working as an assistant to a skilled commercial and studio portrait photographer in the Netherlands, Rutger Pauw leveraged his personal passion for BMX and other action sports to find clients who valued his uncanny ability to create outstanding and memorable sports images. As a result, he has had the opportunity to work all over the world with top athletes while covering a wide variety of sports. “Because each sport is so different it requires a new take on things every time,” says Pauw, “but that’s what I enjoy. The challenge of having to prove myself within each sport and still coming up with a unique images is what I love most about what I do.” He currently resides in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Here we talk with Rutger about his images that document the building of the world’s biggest dirt quarter-pipe.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the story behind the portfolio you submitted?

A: In a nutshell, it’s based on a Sebastian “Bas” Keep’s (UK) project. He’s a professional BMX freestyle rider that has been pushing the sport for over a decade. He came up with the idea of building the world’s biggest dirt quarter-pipe and try to go as high as possible on it. Red Bull helped him realize it, and he rode the ramp for three days in total with his friends Ben Hennon and Ruben Alcantara. There was no audience, just a small crew determined to …read more

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