Every so often a new idea pops into my head for a new project. I get inspired, I need to get out of the comfort zone and I (re-) discover a photographer that shows me how it's done.
For the last years I've been shooting reportage, mainly abroad. When I did shoot portraits, it mostly was in some sort of documentary style.
With my new idea in mind, I went through my photo books, looking what would fit. Just like I got caught by the work of Steve McCurry and James Nachtwey, when I looked for documentary photography, I now got caught by Avedon for portraiture.
The interesting thing is that when I radically change my way of working, all of a sudden my energy and the fun I have suddenly double. (So does my fear and insecurity, but I choose to ignore those as much as I can.)
Luckily my friend Mare didn't mind posing so I could try out my new insights, background, a new lens and a new way of editing my work.
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