I grew up with the countless pictures and slide shows of my (grand)parents. I'll never forget the discussion my uncle and granddad had about what film they'd use to register the total solar eclipse of 1999 and of course the hunt for the best spot to make the picturse on the day itself.
10 years later I bought my first camera. I taught myself to use it with trial and much more error. To grow on an artistic level I went to arts school.
In my work as a photographer I'm inspired by this quote by artist F. Franck: "The eye awakened is the eye in love." The eye that awakens from routine viewing, registration an analyse, is the eye in love that loses itself completely into the reality that presents itself. So for me photography is always commitment: a dive into the reality of the person that's in front of my lens. To me that event is two-way traffic: to see and become visible at the same time. My pictures tell the story of an encounter and what my 'eye in love' discovers there.