About me

My name is Victor van Dijk. In 1996, I received my MA in Cultural Anthropology at Utrecht University. For my study I lived two months in Coimbra and Ereira, Portugal (1993), and half a year in Salvador, Brazil (1995). My specialization is Latin-America, and Brazil in particular. In 1998/99, I did research for a documentary on Tibet and Ladakh (see also Tibet Documentary). In 2002, I lived during a month in South-India, among other places in Bangalore, and Kodaikanal where I helped in setting up a centre named svajA, aimed at modern treatment on ancient principles of RSI, and stress-related ailments. I also maintained the website for the company. Kodaikanal is beautifully situated high up in the mountains of South-India, and worthwhile a visit. July 2005, I've did my bit in setting up a brand new naturist campsite in Limousin, France, Domaine des Monts de Bussy. I constructed the original website for the camping. It's really worthwhile paying a visit!

Update 2014

Meanwhile, it's 2014, 10 years after I've started putting up my website victorvandijk.nl. I have rounded off my Projet Nudité because I have found my answer. I kept the site online without doing any maintenance because I think it's worthwhile knowing and sharing its contents with a wider audience. On rare occasion, I am still being approached on the subject of nudity and shame, and this honours me.


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Multimedia

My interests meanwhile have broadened. I have started delving into everything having to do with (professional) multimedia, merely out of years of built up curiosity, and because now I have to chance to study all the good stuff at lynda.com. I don't have any personal interest with that company, but I am just being enthusiastic because it has very honest, transparent foundations, and — though nowadays being a commercial company as well — it's prime goal isn't profit, but education and the sharing of professional knowledge with a wider audience. The knowledge concerned involves anything having to do with creativity and technique, both hardware and software, as well as training in the business field.
lynda.com is an 'online training library', as they call it. For a fixed, low tariff each month of $25 you can follow any of their courses online in the form of high quality video content, and if you're willing to pay $12.50 a month extra, you can also make unlimited use of their training materials. And mind you, those are not 'flimsy files / powerpoint presentations', but can be absolutely massive (Gigabytes!) when the subject is about video / photography! The majority of the teachers have decades long experience in their field, and some are even very famous, like Douglas Kirkland, for instance!

DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Recently I made the switch from van Adobe Premiere Pro to Blackmagicdesign DaVinci Resolve 12.5. Resolve is a famous color correction suite that is used a lot in Hollywood. Since version 12.5, color correction AND editing was never so easy!. Actually, I find the way Resolve works much more intuitive than Premiere Pro. Best thing is, DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is all for FREE, no strings attached! Well, that is, a Studio version also exists for $995, but the free version is for 90% identical to that one!. The Studio version is really meant for Studios: the only thing I wish I had from the Studio version is the Blackmagicdesgn lens correction which is blazingly fast! For the rest, it is just as complete - if not even more so - as Adobe Premiere Pro.

Fusion 8.2

Also totally FREE from Blackmagicdesign is Fusion 8.2. Fusion has as much functionality as Adobe After Effects, but just works in a different way, with nodes in stead of layers. You will need a slight learning curve, but then it works very nicely because the nodes show you in one view all changes and corrections you have made from beginning until end. I highly recommend the tutorials by Rob Redman because he is a pro in the field, and doesn't only show you how to push buttons, but actually builds something useful with Fusion. There's so many things you can do with Fusion, you just have to find your way around the program and understand the concept of nodes.

Bo-Ke

A small movie about how to correctly pronounce the Japanese word Bo-Ke (for all photographers and videographers out there):



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