Born in 1964 in The Netherlands, in a houseboat, next to a farm, located between lakes and meadows. My first passion was music, the latest photography and editing. In a way I am still composing.
In 2007 I bought my first camera, a few months later i placed the very first pictures on the internet.
At first I photographed everything loose and stuck and primarily in the vicinity of Amsterdam. Soon I rediscovered the beauty of nature and especially trees and forests. Nothing better than being alone in the woods early in the morning and nothing more beautiful seeing sunlight breaking through the canopy.
A few years ago someone saw my pictures and said “You’re not a photographer, you’re an artist! And voila, now everything was possible, I did not feel limited by technology, knowledge, labels or whatsoever.
By working just a bit more extreme on the colors without creating kitsch, a kind of surreal effect, it is familiar and yet it is not … to be awake in the dream.
Four years later I was nominated as a finalist in the 2010/2011 Hasselblad Masters Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the world of photography. Hasselblad is one of the best cameras available and the Hasselblad Masters is one of the most prestigious awards in the business.
Salient detail: A friend tipped me at the very last moment and I quickly send in 5 images not having read all the rules. Shots taken with a small format camera were not allowed. One of the images, Cycle in Gold, was shot with a Panasonic DMC FZ50. For those who don’t know much about cameras… it’s not the best camera around, but I loved that camera. Anyway, I ended up as one of the 10 finalists. It was a great honor and still is. Unfortunately I did not win the Hasselblad Masters Award. Cycle in Gold was also selected by Hasselblad to be presented in Beijing, Koln and Zingst.
From left to right Kirstine Mengel, me , Ivan Lo and Miłosz Wozaczyński , all finalists
By the enthusiastic reactions to my photos, I was encouraged to show the best of nature. I also started experimenting with photo editing to enhance the magic that I experienced. I love working with colors and light, but it all starts with a good image. Although technology is important, I believe the composition and emotion of an image is the most important.