For me, photography is mostly about showing the viewer something they may not have seen or cannot see with their own eyes; this could be a memory from the past you might want to see again or take a closer look at or something very small that looks even more spectacular close-up. Even as a child, I loved taking pictures, especially in the zoo where, if my parents would allow me to, I shot many rolls of film with animal pictures (we didn’t have digital camera’s back then). At first, they gave me my mum’s old 35mm Kodak camera, which of course wasn’t the right focal length to take the close-ups I wanted to make. When I got older, I saved up my allowance and birthday money to buy my first camera with a zoom lens.
Photography became serious business when I started working as a journalist for a local newspaper, during the last phase of my Master Business economics. Of course, I enjoyed the investigating and writing side of the job, but if I’m honest, I especially liked the fact that I was able to take the pictures accompanying my articles. Sometimes I did feel a bit silly with my DSLR camera, pretending to be a news photographer, when I didn’t really know how to set up my camera properly. Therefore, I decided to go to the Fotovakschool Rotterdam for a basic course in photography. After only the first lesson, I was completely sold and proceeded with their professional photographers program. In 2012 I obtained my certification and I’ve been working as a photographer ever since.

Biography:
Born in 1981 in Schiedam in The Netherlands
Works and lives in Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel

Education:
2009-2012: Vakopleiding (professional program) Fotovakschool Rotterdam with specialization documentary photography
2001-2008: Bachelor and Master Business Economics University of Rotterdam

Publications:
De Groene Amsterdammer
Dutch TV show: ‘Wat houdt ons tegen – Human
Nature Today
Die Zeit Wissen
Buchtipp der Woche MDR Wissen
Roots
Trouw
Algemeen Dagblad
Focus
Amazonas magazine
Chip fotomagazine
Nouveau

Exhibitions:
15-6 to 6-10-2024: ‘Dodelijke schoonheid’ – Museum of Natural History Rotterdam
2-6-2024: Gouda maakt Toekomst
1 to 4-2- 2024: RotterdamPhoto
8-6-2019 to 1-9-2019: ‘Groei’ – Museum of Natural History Rotterdam
25 and 26-5-2019: Fotofair Hilvarenbeek
24-6-2012 to 26-8-2012: ‘Kunstwerk aan de winkel’ Rotterdam Nesselande
2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018: Pinkst’Art Zuidplas

Lectures:
6-3-2024: Velt Groene Hart
28-2-2024: Groencafé Groen010
3-2-2024: RotterdamPhoto Artist talk
30-11-2019: Photography café ‘Moments-Talk’
25 and 26-5-2019: Fotofair Hilvarenbeek

Book:
Growing – teNeues, April 2021

Winner of the 2019 Culture award of Gemeente Zuidplas

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