The Daily Grind of a Crime Scene Investigator, in Photos
It’s not all sunglasses and dramatic head-swivels. http://slate.me/1MWSNgb
- •Three years ago, Dutch photographer Jeroen Hofman began a project titled “Forensics.”
- •He traveled around the Netherlands to photograph the training sessions of crime scene detectives.
- •The overhead shots were his favorites, Hofman says.“It’s graphic… I’m always looking for new angles and approaches; it’s not the normal way they present crime scene investigations.”
- •Even under classroom conditions, each shot had to be perfect — no do-overs to interrupt the training sessions.
- •Hofman found himself in some truly bizarre environments.
- •“They gave me a little tour around the hospital area where the body parts were stored… There was a big box with only hands floating around in fluids. It was incredible to see their world, and you should never take advantage of it…”
- •Hofman also traveled to simulated crime scenes where students experimented with unusual techniques (like arson).
- •The most challenging part of his project is maintaining a focus on his human subjects.
- •Consider the people who investigate child pornography crimes.
- •Says Hofman, “It’s the worst thing on earth, so my next thing is to [figure out how to photograph it].”