The New Reform Club Gazette
Interview of Tony Helsloot and Liz Jones (October 2005)

Introduction to the project Worldphotolocations
(extract from the website)

“All the photographs in the Gallery section were taken by Tony Helsloot, a Dutch photographer from Amsterdam. Tony has been working on visual projects for the last 20 years or so. His photographs have been published in magazines such as Melody Maker and Digital Camera Magazine, and have appeared on several album covers. His slide and video projections have been used in exhibitions and shows for Hugo Boss, Lufthansa and Mitsubishi amongst others. His earlier work included projecting his photographs during live performances and making video clips for MTV broadcasting. More recently he has made a series of nature films for the Ambient Collection. Liz Jones is the writer and editor of the WPL site and together they make up Isis Visuals.
Every time we visit a location the majority of our time is spent searching for the most photogenic places, and the best points from which to shoot them, and that's how the idea for World Photo Locations came about. We thought it would be useful to other photographers to find out this information before leaving home. We're hoping that our findings will let you make the most of the opportunities, help to improve your photographs, and perhaps lead you to places you otherwise wouldn't have visited.”

Is it an original way to present your photographs or is it open to other photographers ? 

Yes, we think it's an original way to present our work. Rather than just showing our photographs, we thought it would be nice to give something back to the photographic community in the form of location information. Since recently we have also opened up the site to other photographers who would like to share their experiences. We already have a few Guest Location Reports on the site and hundreds of links to some great Guest Galleries - a section we're particularly pleased with. 

As for you, what is the place to go for a photographer ? 

This is a tough one. There are so many places for the photographer to find inspiration. Maybe the best place is always the next place as there you will find new opportunities and new scenes to capture. 

And what is your most original place to visit ? 

One of the most exciting and challenging projects we've done was the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand. Five days of body piercings with the weirdest of objects sticking through the cheeks of devotees, plus blade-walking, fire-walking and running through 10,000 firecrackers certainly brought our photographic senses close to overload!
0ctober 2005

Mekong River, Laos
Mekong River, Laos: There was almost no light left, but the camera picked up the last colours of the sun beautifully.

Monasterio de Piedra, Spain
Monasterio de Piedra, Spain: An extraordinary place where the grounds of the monastery are full of waterfalls.

Phuket, ThailandPhuket, Thailand: the vegetarian Festival

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