Tell our readers about yourself.
My life as a photographer started with the question: ‘what would you do if nothing would stand in your way and anything would be possible?’ I have conquered all my fears by starting as an independent freelance photographer only taking on assignments that make me happy. As a self-taught photographer I have managed to retain my own style.
One of my first assignments was to create a monthly editorial for Blue Sunday in Delft. I portrayed the passion of local entrepreneurs in highly contrasted black and white images. One minute I would walk around coffee roaster’s, drop by at a designer store, capture the passion of a sustainable small business owner, take pictures through shop windows and the next minute I would lie flat on the pavement to capture a band playing along the canal.
This assignment also proved to work out as acquisition. I was allowed to visit many small businesses and after a while entrepreneurs approached me to take pictures for their website.
The next step was creating my own studio. I managed to find an old empty factory in Delft. This beautiful building became my own photo location where anything was possible. I learned to work with challenging natural lighting. It also enabled me to express my love for desolation and the rawness of old buildings. We leave traces everywhere and I search for and capture details. I also like to portray workmanship, hard-working people who make their hands dirty. The rougher the environment the happier I am. Put me in working boots on a construction site and I feel at home. A photo needs to tell a story and convey passion. The passion of the small business owner, workmanship or the creative artist.
I managed to find an old empty factory in Delft. This beautiful building became my own photo location where anything was possible. I learned to work with challenging natural lighting. It also enabled me to express my love for desolation and the rawness of old buildings.
What experience made you feel passionate and alive this year’s?
At the moment I have an assignment for Heritage Delft to make an editorial of the current archaeological excavations at the New Church in Delft. The royal tombs are being expanded. For weeks I will have the privilege to accompany archaeologists. They explain to me how they work and I can capture this unique experience in my own style. For me this combines everything: my love for the city, history, builders who do the rough work and archaeologists cleaning skulls with delicate brushes. When I walk through the alleys of Delft I am reminded of the fact that there are people buried in the church who also walked here hundreds of years ago. It makes me look at the houses, facades and canals with even more eye for detail.
I don’t set goals. For me it’s important to live in the here and now. Enjoy what you do and grab the chances you are given.
hat was the last time you were scared or nervous?
When you only take on assignments that are a match, you will meet people who are a match. That’s why I am no longer nervous for shoots. It’s often the other way round. It’s then when I realise I have had a great day and I even got paid for it. For me it’s important to be true to myself. Does this assignment make me happy? Does it fit with my style? If that is the case I go for it and become photographer, stylist and webdesigner all at once. That’s how I prefer to work. For me the biggest compliment is a client saying it was a wonderful day, a great experience with beautiful images to boot.
What are your goals for this year’s, and how are you going to achieve them?
I don’t set goals. For me it is important to live in the here and now. Enjoy what you do and grab the chances you are given. Turn every assignment into something beautiful, meet new people and learn new things.