I am Erik de Vries, a photographer from Amsterdam (the Netherlands) with a research masters degree in political communication, and currently living in Stavanger (Norway). As a kid of 14 years old, I started out with my first digital camera, an HP Photosmart 635 featuring a whopping 2MP CCD sensor. This camera, along with a strong interest in all kinds of public rail transport (trains, metros, trams) is what got me into photography. While the interest in rail transport can still be found in some of my current photographs, other fields of interest have become macro photography, night photography, timelapse photography, and panorama photography. On a more fundamental level I believe that photography is about communicating the broader conditions under which a photo was taken (the atmosphere) rather than just the visual aspect. This is not to say that I do not take photos just for the sake of their visual beauty, but in my opinion that is not the fundamental goal of photography.
Besides these interests, I often place a strong emphasis on technical aspects. For example, all SLR photographs on this website are taken in manual mode. The main reason for this is because I want to determine myself what the camera captures, and in which way. But it is also convenient when for example constructing panorama photos, as lighting condition are identical for all the photos that are stitched together. Editing is all done in open source software on Linux, with tools such as DisplayCAL (screen color calibration), RawTherapee (RAW editing) and Hugin (panorama stitcher). The photographs resulting from that editing are, in the same spirit as open source software, freely available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license. If you would like to request some high resolution photographs or prints, or if you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please contact me.
Finally, I would like to thank my closest friends, who have endured many night photography sessions with me, and made those much more enjoyable than they would have been alone. Also I would like to specifically thank my brother Thijs de Vries, for his help with the design of the Refract Photography logo and the hosting of this website.