Photography and film give me an opportunity to fulfill my curiosity for the mysteries of everyday encounters. I am always interested in people’s vitality and fate, how we shape the world around us, and vice versa.
On an emotional and narrative level, I am interested in looking at human bonds and at people’s being, both physical and mental: love relationships, family, friendship, childhood, aging, physical fragility, sensuality, courage, desire and hope. I recognize that these are very broad themes. But it’s this universality that creates a bond, touches us as we recognize common existential questions and feelings. The stories I tell through my photographs or films don’t provide answers to these questions. Hopefully, they act as moments of contemplation and recognition. This open humanist focus is the common strand between my personal projects and my commissioned work. Whether I am photographing and filming on assignment or for personal work, my drive is to tell stories that touch and inspire people.
On a technical level I like my images to have a sense of peace and quietness. Even if I capture a busy scene I find it important that the image is clear. A combination of real life stolen moments and carefully arranged framing, light and color composition. Whether it’s an assignment with a large crew behind me, or a documentary portrait just by myself I have the same approach.
What I work with:
For my photography I use a Canon Mark3 with mostly a 35 and a 50 mm L-Lens. But I also work with medium format Hasselblad or Phase One if required. The medium formats I rent on assignment.
For commercial use I mostly use strobe light from Pro photo to be able to create any kind of desirable light situation. I like to create a natural feeling.
For my longer Documentary films I usually work with a cameraman so I have time to fully focus on directing. For short film projects I do camerawork myself with my Canon C300 and L-lenses. I prefer to work with a sound recordist but occasionally I can also do that myself. It all depends on what the situation is and what we want to have as an end result.
||2018 ‘Wild Poppy’, Multimedia project. 7min || 2017 'Liefdesbrieven', Documentary. 25 minutes. For KRO/NCRV || 2014 ‘Over the Rainbow’. Documentary. 40 minutes. For NTR TV || 2012 ‘Louis van het Reuzenrad’ Youth documentary. 17 minutes. For NTR TV || 2012 ‘One Minute Portraits’ are shown in Amsterdam, London, New York and Torino. || 1998-2000 ‘First She Said Yes’ Dance film; 8mm, 15 min, The Screening Room, Pittsburgh, P.A || New York Dance Film Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, U.S.A || Choreographer’s Continuum, Eddie Theatre, Pittsburgh, P.A, U.S.A || 1998 F Forum; video compilation of six female video artists, by Plan Z ||1997 Love Taps; Video Installation for Laboratory Dance Cy, J.C.Center, Pittsburgh, PA. || Laboratory Dance Art; Video/Dance Installation, The Brew House, Pittsburgh, P.A ||
Wild Poppy: Slideluck Editorial at Docfield Barcelona 2018.
Love Letters: IDFA 2017, IDFA Competition For International Short Film, Sleepwalkers International Film Festival, Estonia 2017, Eindhovens Film Festival 2017, Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy 2018.
Over the Rainbow: Korea women’s rights festival, Berlin Short Film Festival, PINK APPLE filmfestival, Zürich, Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney, Australia, Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Slovenia, NYC Independent Film Festival, MIX Copenhagen Denmark, Nederlands Film Festival Utrecht, Festival Asterisco Buenos Aires, Hot Docs Toronto, Roze Filmdagen Amsterdam.
Louis van het Reuzenrad: Go Short Nijmegen, OZU film festival Modena Italy, Chicago International Children's Film Festival, Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht, PSAROLOCO filmfestival, AFIDOCS Documentary Festival Washington,16th Mo&Friese Children's Short Film Festival Hamburg, 4th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival Dehli India, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary festival Toronto, IDFA, Cinekid Amsterdam.
|| 2018 Leica Award at Slideluck Editorial || 2017 nomination best short doc IDFA ‘Love Letters’ || 2015 Jury Award and Audience Award Best Documentary at Roze Filmdagen for 'Over the Rainbow || 2014 OZU DOC Award for 'Louis van het Reuzenrad' || 2014 Honorable mention MIFA Moscow Foto Awards || Nomination for SO2014 || 2014 second price/ Silver at Prix de la Photographie, Paris. Portraiture. For The ferris Wheel Kids. || 2012 One Minute Film Award, short movie. For Sarina. | 2008 Honorable mention, IPA | 2008 Bronze, Prix de la photography | 2008 P.A.N.L. Silver Award in the category 'Portraits" | 2007 P.A.N.L. Silver Award 'Documentary' | 2007 Honorable mention, Prix de la Photographie | 2003 P.A.N.L. nomination in the category ‘Editorial’ | Project grant plus a Basic stipend from Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, Netherlands | 2002 P.A.N.L. Silver Award ‘Portrait series’ | 2002 NVJ, Best magazine cover all times for Carp | 1999 Funded Artist in residence program in Japan with photographer Nan Goldin, Atlantic center for the Arts, Florida, USA ||
|| Carp | ELLE | Esquire | Dazed&Confused | OOR | OPZIJ | J/M | Marie Claire NL | Marie Claire Taiwan | Sprout | Volkskrant Magazine | Vrij Nederland | Het Parool ||
|| N=5 | TWBA/ NEBOKO | VBAT | DieTwee | FHV/BBDO | PUBLICIS | OGILVY/MATHER | ACA-JES | Co-Unlimited | DEF | OVERHAUS | Y&R || DAWN
|| ABN Amro | Ahold | Amev | ASR | BEN | ING | KPN | KRO | Menzis | Marktplaats | Mc Donalds | NS | Oranjefonds | Postbank | PostNL | Prima Ouders | Prorail | Rabobank | Renault Twingo | Unilever | Yacht || V&D
|| Carnegie Mellon University || Gerrit Rietveld Academy || Dutch Film Academy ||