Before Daniel started wandering and picked up photography, he was raised in a very creative family. Their focus was on music and his father was a strong advocate for accessible music education for everybody, regardless of age, social class or ethnicity. So Daniel’s strong sense of equality and righteousness came naturally.
His inborn curiosity made him a wanderer from a very young age. With little interest for school, he started working even before he was allowed to and he started traveling at the early age of sixteen. Wondering what the world would look like outside of The Netherlands, he expanded his borders and started exploring other continents and cultures. With every new trip, his curiosity grew larger and more questions would rise, convincing him that wandering was and still is his way to learn. To this day, he believes that wandering won’t give you any answers. It will guide you in directions you can’t foresee and it will lead to wonder every time. It’s the perfect way to be amazed and to try and understand the world we live in. Being in the moment, observing and connecting to people, without being prejudiced, made him become the photographer he now is.
His upbringing combined with this open-minded way of wandering led him towards a specific kind of questions and curiosity, which you can recognise in his photography. How come a mental hospital in Malawi doesn’t have the means to care for its patients properly? How come that people in Colombia were chased off their land or even murdered for the coal that is used by energy companies in my own country? Why are young boys in Kampala trying to survive by sniffing glue? Why do people in Juba sleep in less than a tent situated on a graveyard? How is it possible that your birthplace determines mostly how your life will evolve? And why is that a life-threatening situation for one and a big opportunity for the other? We live in an era of abundance, but apparently it’s still difficult for human kind to act accordingly.
With his photography, he doesn’t judge. He creates an interest and enables you to travel vicariously in order to come up with your own questions. His work is characterised by engaged, non-judgemental and often monochrome images that tell a story to make you think.