Bram stops filming football matches after 50 years: ‘From now on I’m on the road with the buggy’

Bram stops filming football matches after 50 years: ‘From now on I’m on the road with the buggy’

– Photographer Bram van de Peyzen of Nuancepit stopped taking pictures of football matches every Saturday after 50 years. He’s looking forward to having more time and space to tackle other things on the weekend: “Put the bikes in the back of the motorhome and hit the road!”

When I started out as a photographer, sports were just a part of it, every newspaper wanted a number of pictures. Sometimes I sat in on five or six different newspapers for a contest. Even though times had changed in the meantime, it remained constant that Bram was still on the line most Saturdays into this weekend. In the past, you’d take pictures of matches, and you’d have to go straight into a darkroom to develop them, and then you’d have to take them to Zwolle. There was a rush, so I was already in the car if those pics weren’t ready yet. In the winter the heating was at ten o’clock and the pictures fluttered in front of it, and in the summer just open the window and keep the pictures outside the window.


In the 50 years that Bram has captured footballers on film, not only has the shooting landscape changed, but the world of football has also undergone the necessary change. I’m used to coming to crowded sports stadiums and parks, and it’s much less so now. It also often became less intense, it was a real struggle. So, a fight between Nonsbite and Wezep was immediately brought up by Bram as one of his more private memories along the line: ‘There was a real fight in Nonsbite against WHC. Chairs were thrown, people gathered in the village or at the station to get into a fight again, that was really chaos. I think someone is I lost an eye In a quarrel between Nonspit and Wizb. Bram himself wasn’t always unimpressed either: ‘If they saw I was taking pictures when there was a fight, it was a real run-of-the-mill. It wasn’t until I had a telephoto lens and was able to stay safely behind the barricades that I was completely safe! ”

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Although he no longer had to hide from flying furniture, Bram decided to stop filming football matches after 50 years. At one point it was fine. My son Martin, who will take over the entire company, has had enough of football every Saturday. There are many other opportunities that we want to seize, both in terms of photography and our time. For example, Bram plans to go out a lot with a recently purchased camper: `During a trip in America I won a photo entry in National Geographic, we noticed we really liked the camper. With bikes in the back of the wagon, hopefully we can get out and enjoy the weekend.


It’s not an option for Bram to completely stop taking pictures. Every year I ask Martin, “Can I have another year?” I’m still enjoying it, so why should I stop? In practical terms, this means that Bram can still be found at all sorts of local events and fly through the air to take aerial photos, often with a drone these days. To be allowed to fly a drone, even at my age, I took a course. Without a course, you can’t just take a drone up in the air at all kinds of locations, so that was worth it. Because of the possibilities and low costs, taking pictures with a drone is often a good alternative to taking one in the air.

Gladly, Bram will be on the road a lot in the coming period to take a picture when necessary. However, after his last photo shoot at VV Hierden against Be Quick ’28, he said goodbye to the football fields.

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