Who I am…

photo: Dieter Broes

My roots…

Before I picked up photography, I was raised in a very creative family. Focus was on music and I started to play drums at the age of 7. My father was a strong advocate for accessible music education for everybody, regardless of age, social class or ethnicity. So my strong sense of equality and righteousness came with my upbringing.

My why…

My curiosity made me a wanderer from a very young age. With little interest for school, I started working even before I was allowed to and I started traveling at the early age of sixteen. With every new trip, my curiosity grew larger and more questions would rise. To this day, I believe that wandering won’t give me any answers. It will guide me in directions I can’t foresee and it will lead to wonder every time. It feeds my curiosity and it is the perfect way to be amazed and to try and understand the world we live in. Being in the moment, eager to understand, observing and connecting to people, without being prejudiced… that is what makes me the photographer I am today.


My experience…

After 15 years, my photographic work experience is extensive. It ranges from documenting intimate journalistic stories for foundations and organisations, to capturing the vulnerability of Dutch music artists who have asked me to focus on something different than just the regular concert photos. It includes high profile weddings in the Netherlands and abroad and reportage style content and portraits for various magazines. My images can be characterised as stemming from curiosity and engagement, creating a true connection between the people I photograph, myself and the audience who will later on look at the images. Working with the inconspicuous Leica rangefinders and their short lenses ensures visual stories that are so intuitively shot, they will have the spectator live all moments vicariously.