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. I can totally see this when it concerns large insurance companies, or data wholesale-dealers like Facebook. But with small one-person businesses, I just don't get it.
As these regulations and laws have many grey areas and lots is open for interpretation, I went looking for some sort of template I could use.... or at least people who understood more about it. Which unfortunately doesn't come easily. Most photography related sites and institutions have a minimum of 5 different articles on it, every time explaining another piece of the puzzle. And it's not only about e-mail, invoices and address data, it's also about photographs. Because images - specially the ones of people - are considered as (personal) data as well, things can get even more complicated.
I decided to give it my best shot and at the same time keep it short and simple like I did with the example contract that I borrowed of Segura. As I truly believe in the good of people and I sincerely hope nobody purposely tries to be a d*ck, I figured I would just state the obvious and give people an easy opportunity to opt out by means of an e-mail. So here I present to you, my privacy statement.
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