Hasselblad Project Inspire


Hasselblad Project Inspire

For me the biggest inspiration is light. The kind of light I encounter determines whether a photo will have the mood I’m looking for or not.

I prefer a slightly foggy/misty morning with a little sunshine and diffuse light. It can be magical and dreamy, and that’s exactly what I’m looking for in my images. With ‘Inspiration’ as the theme of the Hasselblad Masters challenge this year I wanted to bring the viewer with me on a trip to the Speulder Woods in the Netherlands. The funny thing is that when I reached the heart of the forest I discovered a real shape of a heart carved out in living bark. It’s not my way of treating a majestic tree, but someone obviously thinks differently and they were inspired too, but in another way. With my images and my way of editing I hope to inspire people to go to the forests, revalue the woods and experience the wonder of something that has become too ordinary.

On Becoming a Hasselblad Master

Knowing that the Hasselblad Masters is one of the most prestigious sets of awards in the business, I slowly came to realise how its value is so much more than that of a normal competition. Just like the ‘Inspire’ theme for the book, winning this prize encouraged me to get the best out of myself. Shooting with a Hasselblad gave me so much detail in the picture that I was able to edit in a very precise way, which came across in the end results: subtle, but noticeable. Making pictures with such a high-class camera inspired me with lots of new ideas.