If you don't take the time to look,
you'll never manage to see anything.

- anonymous

I like to communicate, in the classical way as well as with a camera. That’s just who I am. I was thirteen when I started as a dishwasher in a beach bar in Zandvoort, from there I became barman, waiter and in the end even manager. Working fifteen hours a day, making lots of money in a short time. As soon as I had enough money, I stopped working and travelled to different parts of the world. This is how I found out about photography and this is when I fell in love with it.

When the first digital SLR for consumers hit the market, the Nikon D70, I just had to have it. I was still working in hospitality. But to get some extra funds I worked at a construction site during the day. It took me three months to get the money together, but as soon as I bought the camera things started to happen. I started assisting a product photographer, learning everything about light and techniques. I was asked to put up an exhibition and magazines started to give me work.

People fascinate me. It’s fun for me to find out what kind of person I’m working with. Is he or she shy with the camera or completely the opposite? Is it a beauty or a nerd I am taking photos of? It’s fun for me to zoom in on the specific details that make people turn into individuals.

I still travel a lot, especially to Africa and Asia. I like to walk the streets, meet the people and I try to capture the positive side of life in the third world. Here I don’t need to make a story, it’s all there.