We all remember him in the Netherlands. The genius vanity and politician Pim Fortuyn. Undisguised gay, very well-read, and often seen with his 2 poodles on his lap. He was sometimes rebellious like an artist.
But everything was based on the fact that he was a professor, a businessman, the author of many popular books and very eloquent.
He was not a fool! He was a genius and open-minded. But a bit different. You want to capture that in images. Whatever you think of him, he brought you a sense of security or discomfort.
He drove a big Jaguar XJ. That gave him status or pleasure. Above all, however, it was extraordinary that he had made a marble bust of himself in Italy.
I was commissioned to photograph Pim Fortuyn for opinion magazine HP/de Tijd. Precisely because I want to highlight what some people find ridiculous. Real is real and that was Pim Fortuyn (r.i.p.).