A new assignment, again in Nepal. One of my favourite countries. Even the series that made it through to the finals of the SIPA has been made in this country. This trip I stayed in Kathmandu though.
The past week I have been working on creating a story for KIOCH: The Kathmandu Institute of Child Health. This initiative is the vision - the dream - of one of the most famous heart surgeons in the country; Prof Dr Bhagawan Koirala. Together with Executive director of the Karuna Foundation and general connector of beautiful initiatives; Deepak Raj Sapkota, he envisioned a new innovative way of paediatric health care. By now they have formed a board with people who believe in their vision, got support from several places in the world, are helped by many volunteers and are working hard to make this dream a reality. A private paediatric hospital, where no child will be refused and where care and technology will set new bars to health care all over Nepal.
As it is still a dream and now reality, it was a challenge to create a story that would capture that vision and of course I'm still working hard to finish it, in order to make it an actual story. I visited many hospitals in Kathmandu, met with the minister of health and I even witnessed an open heart surgery. This blog was ment to keep you up to date and to give you a little teaser of what is to come.
If you'd like more regular updates while I'm on these kind of assignments, make sure you follow me on instagram as I use their story option quite a lot while I'm away.
From the 25th of May, bureaucracy has found a new high. We now have to state and document that we are actually nice people who are doing the best they can to use the data they gather - which comes automatically when working with other people - will be used with care and respect.
Two young Korean men were students of the same master in Sibpalki, a Korean martial art, when they became friends. Thirty years later, each having their own different life, they are still best friends.
This month I'm joining Jacqueline Govaert on her brief tour of 7 sold out gigs all over the country. Something totally different from what I'm used to, though it's not the regular stage photography for which I've joined the tour.
For the Breath foundation, I will be traveling to the Ukraine several times in 2018, visiting some of the families that are benefiting of the work this foundation does. It is my aim, to capture their lives, their struggles, their hope and their pleasure.
After some time off - after coming back from a long journey - I'm planning some new projects. One of the things I strongly believe in is storytelling and therefor I'm experimenting with new ways of doing just that.
Three foundations - War Child Holland, Unicef and Safe the children - are working together on a project called Team Up in which they provide regular, structured and fun activities for refugee children.
During this week I'm following 3 families up close and personal. Today moved me deeply. I had the privilege to follow Soenita and her father for the day. Soenita is a five year old girl who is raised solely by her sixty-one year old father....
Later on this same week, our team of the dopper foundation travels away from Kathmandu to 'cleaner' areas up in the mountains. We have to walk quite a bit before we reach the small community that will host us for the night.
For a project of the Dopper Foundation, I'm working in Nepal with three other storytellers: Sander - a documentary maker, Marieke - a writer and Sef - a musician. We're capturing stories - each in our own way - about water and garbage.
One of the most colourful festivals in the world. A wet dream and at the same time a nightmare for photographers. It's not that hard to shoot interesting photos during this festival, but it's very hard to keep your equipment safe for all the dust and water.
In New Orleans, I spent a couple of hours with Sultan Isham, a violinist, dancer and writer. I had the opportunity to capture him while he was practicing his performance in his home and most of all on the roof of his house in his neighbourhood Treme.
Walking along with a second line in the oldest African American neighbourhood in the US does not only give you wonderful pictures, but you meet the most beautiful people living in this part of New Orleans