While my parents are Dutch, I was born in Botswana where I spent the first four years of my life, and was subsequently raised in England. During my youth, I was lucky to travel substantially with my family, which instilled a travel bug in me. Our travels led me to places in Asia, North America, Europe, and many parts of Africa. I especially fell in love with Africa, its variety in cultures, people and landscapes, and above all its wildlife.
During these travels, I noticed the diversity in living standards, recognizing how people’s lives and environments are intertwined: social structures and associated hardships impacted by ever changing environments. Consequently, these observations provided me with a great education, and a diverse background of my outlook on life. Issues of poverty and conservation became very important to me.
At a very early age, I developed a passion for photography, which I inherited from my father and older brother. I received my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic 56X, at the age of seven, with which I took my first steps towards portraying my environment and its people. It was not until 2003, when I could devote more time to photography, and purchased my first SLR camera.
In 2008 I finished my BA in Photography at Nottingham Trent University, where I was able to experiment with new techniques and ideas whilst also learning a lot about printing methods, and other technical skills including digital imaging such as Photoshop. These studies have introduced me to different styles of photography, which provide me with new and unexpected inspirations.
Since leaving University I have had several exhibitions and also commissioned work. Which has included covering several stories for The Times Newspaper and also produced images for KPN (Holland’s largest telecommunications company) which was subsequently used for a national advertising campaign running for several months.