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Hey everyone —

I just redesigned my website [www.tomasvanhoutryve.com].  It could use a run through on different browers and machines. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Tomas

by Tomas van Houtryve at 2006-03-02 01:32:27 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Mumbai , India | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Hi Tomas
i dont know the previous page but for the new i can say:
1.pics are great
2.flash things etc makes the downloading torture.So i believe in the era of speed your web page has to be faster dnlded.
3.the structure of the site is a bit complcated.I mean ,not clear.I knew your work but even though isnt clear in structured base your works , publi,contacts,archive etc..

all rest is well done.
I have to notice that iam-a bit- involved in webdesign and i hav webpage from 2000.So my opinion is a webpage has to be simple and fast for checking.especially when the material ,like yours is A level.
I hope my post is a small help.
Also might you check my web: www.nikos-chrisikakis.net and send your comments.

by [former member] | 02 Mar 2006 02:03 | Athens, Greece | | Report spam→
hey mate…all looks good here, i am in congo on the slowest line imaginable 100mbps, PC..internet cafe style sweaty, stinking, freeking nightmare ….but i love it!!  

and it took me 2 mins 30 secs to go thro the portfolio all images look well aligned links to digrail worked … 

that kind of gives you worst case senario in my opinion….. so everyone on a decent connection will be fine

by [former member] | 02 Mar 2006 10:03 | Kinshasa/Katanga, Congo (DRC) | | Report spam→
I like this site tremendously!  The opening page is so clean and fresh then, as you move into the site, you think this photographer is working like a trojan! I agree with Nikos that the site looks busy as hell, in fact, it looks like you’re running a whole agency! Incorporating the links via Digital Railroad works so well – never seen that before. I’m on a super fast line, seeing it on a pc with internet explorer in an office and it all looks fine… though seeing on the screen in a sweaty, freeking nightmare internet cafe in Kinshasa sounds much more fun!

by Jenny Lynn Walker | 02 Mar 2006 10:03 (ed. Mar 2 2006) | At Home, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
There is no need for any comments on the images they speek for them self.

The only thing that bothers me about the site are two things.

1. When in reportage you choose your destination there is one to many “clicks” you have tou make. Would have been better to use just mouse over efect and “click” on wat you want to see.

2. The reportage gallery opens up in new window wich is always a risk as many people have that blocked, and in some public places and internetcaffees it is totaly blocked. Would have been better if it was intergrated as the other gallerys.

I like the integration of Digital railroad on the front pags and the over all lokk and feel of the site.

by Kristjan Logason | 02 Mar 2006 11:03 | | Report spam→
Hi Tomas,

I think it looks great! Using a mac g5 on a normal cable modem and it was super quick. Who or What program did you use to design it?


by efotos | 02 Mar 2006 13:03 | L.A., United States | | Report spam→
Hi there,

I had no problems with this site at all…It worked great, and the pics are great!

Keep up the good work,

best Espen.

by Espen Mork Dahl | 02 Mar 2006 14:03 | Oslo, Norway | | Report spam→
Hi Thomas,

The site works ok here in Holland, adsl connection.
One thing:  in the Top 12 pics there is no caption or what so ever.
I like to know what, who, where, when, and so.
 That was it.

Hes Mundt

by Hes Mundt | 03 Mar 2006 04:03 | amsterdam, Netherlands | | Report spam→
Nice site, very nice indeed.  I was a little confused at first by the navigation, as I went from the top 12 section to the menu that appears once you enter, but figured it out thereafter quickly enough.  I dont think you need to add the caption info for the Top 12, as I suppose it is there to give editors a quick look at the portfolio, and editors often just want to glance at the pix and see if they like them.  Then they start to dig deeper. But Hes may have a point.  The link to DR is a nice touch, and also the link to LS.

Had no problem downloading anything, and I love the map setup for the reportage section.  Neatly done, and fast.I wonder if you might consider putting your contact info there on the first page, as so many editors I have talked to have stressed this.  I havent done it myself yet, but I have been kicking it around.

Ialso liked the range of stories you present, not only for the breadth but for the unusual nature of some of the themes.  that for me - and I am sure for many editors- is a key element.  I kept wanting to see more.

Btw, I loved your web log, and i usually dont like these things, as the writing is often sloppy. YOurs on the other hand is quite well done.  The story of your travails in Haiti makes for hilarious reading.

by Jon Anderson | 03 Mar 2006 08:03 | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | | Report spam→
Thanks everyone. I think I will aim for cleaner navigation in next evolution. (I seem to get the urge to redesign about every six months.) My main aim this time around was to give easy access linking my website to my DRR archive. For now I am happy to hear that the site didn’t behave weirdly on any of your computers from Amsterdam to Kinshasa…

For those of you curious about the design, I made it using Dreamweaver MX and Flash MX.

by Tomas van Houtryve | 06 Mar 2006 09:03 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→
Hej Thomas,
Great site, fine pictures and I can only agree with the good comments above. I guess my comment is just a more general one, and it is about the colour of the background. Sorry, but I just don’t understand why fine photographs are hung on grey websites when they would never be hung on grey gallery walls, framed with grey overmats (or paspartouts if you call them that), printed in grey newspapers or grey supplements, grey National Geographics (where your work would not be out of place) or the grey walls of your own home (I guess your walls are not grey). Is it a fashion? Is it a photojournalism thing?  Is it an agency throwback? I am not meaning to be rude, I just don’t get it. Diligently used, it works well, but overwhemingly used  is a bit depressing and negates the image. have a look at http://www.ernsthaasstudio.com 
best regards

by Simon Anstey | 06 Mar 2006 16:03 | Copenhagen, Denmark | | Report spam→
Grey walls work on relected light and computer screens emit light so that is why grey sites can work online but not in a meat space gallery. White surrounds/bezels on TVs or monitors are not as good as black dark grey surrounds.

My main thought is that the navigation is a bit vague and inconsistent, rejigging the typography/layout on main page would sort that. Otherwise there’s much to like.

by AJP Lawrence | 09 Mar 2006 21:03 | Sheffield/London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Tomas – many good images there, and very slick overall. I like the world map, though not sure that extra click is worthwhile to bring up the menu for each place; you may have the list appear automatically when the place is rolled over. (Also I personally am not too into the spinning image as it emerges though thats a matter of taste.) If you have the story names appear automatically however, then you will obscure the image that represents that region, if you know what I mean, so I will understand if you insist on keeping the extra click to bring down the subheadings. I think the subheadings may seem too much now, but in the long run as you accumulate more stories in those areas, it will look better as longer lists drop down from those photos that mark each region. I hope what I have tried to convey makes sense.

Furthermore, I’d love to know what you used to shoot the Nepal stuff with. Keep up the great work.

by Damon Lee Perry | 13 Mar 2006 02:03 (ed. Mar 13 2006) | Beijing, China | | Report spam→
Simon-  I started out with a white version of my site over a year ago, but after experimenting switched to grey. Like Ajp mentions above, I find white more distracting than grey or black on monitors because it emits too much light. I agree that grey gets used in so many photo sites that it does take away a feeling of originality, but other colors and white don’t help viewing the photos in my opinion.

Damon- All of the Nepal photos taken in rural areas (Maoist zones) were shot with Fujichrome Provia and Velvia on a Leica. Some of the pictures from protests in Kathmandu were shot with Canon digital.

Thanks to all for the feedback.

by Tomas van Houtryve | 15 Mar 2006 01:03 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Tomas- Not so sure… Overall design is very neat, but it takes too many clicks to get where you want, and the flash (why in a separate window?) is a bit too slow for those on the other side of Digital Divide (Cambodia in this case…) who are stuck with a dial-up connection of 52. Keep it up..

by [former member] | 17 Mar 2006 04:03 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | | Report spam→
You did it yourself? Seriously great job Tomas.

by Wade Laube | 17 Mar 2006 06:03 | Sydney, Australia | | Report spam→
cool site, i like it alot


by tom56 | 18 Mar 2006 12:03 | uk, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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Tomas van Houtryve, Photographer Tomas van Houtryve
(VII Network)
[undisclosed location].
Jenny Lynn Walker, Homo Sapien Jenny Lynn Walker
Homo Sapien
London , United Kingdom
Kristjan Logason, Photographer Kristjan Logason
(editorial and advertising)
Leikanger , Norway
efotos, Photographer efotos
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Espen Mork Dahl, Photographer Espen Mork Dahl
Oslo , Norway ( AAA )
Hes Mundt, Cameraman/Photographer Hes Mundt
Amsterdam , Netherlands
Jon Anderson, Photographer & Writer Jon Anderson
Photographer & Writer
Ocala Florida , United States
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Malmö , Sweden ( X )
AJP Lawrence, Photographer/Graphic Desi AJP Lawrence
Photographer/Graphic Desi
Sheffield/London , United Kingdom
Damon Lee Perry, Damon Lee Perry
[undisclosed location].
Wade Laube, Wade Laube
Sydney , Australia
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Uk , United Kingdom


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