This is the Summer of 2017 backstage at Thuishaven, a performance / music venue built from shipping containers and enclosed by old harbour walls. The venue is nestled in the marshes on the outskirts of Amsterdam harbour.

In Dutch, Thuis is ‘home’ and haven is ‘harbour’ and that to everyone a part of the community, it has become their second home.

Darren spent a summer backstage, in collaboration with Marcus Koppen (Smith & Koppen), building an outdoor studio to capture the artists, DJs, and party-makers backstage.

The subjects are set to simple backgrounds to emphasise each of their individual characteristics and strengths.

Client: Thuishaven
Photography: Darren Smith in collaboration with Marcus Koppen (Smith & Koppen)
Art Direction: Marco Meazza

2018© Darren Smith  — Amsterdam