As a social scientist I was turned into a photographer by the Caribbean immigrants (mainly from Curaçao) among whom I was doing research for the Dutch Ministery of Justice. Inspired by their exuberant expressivity and touched by their conditions of life, I changed the tool, went to photography academy and made a photo book about their lives in the Netherlands and the backgrounds from which they had come. This book was published with the title "Speransa" and resulted in years of exhibitions. Photography has been my life ever since.
Working on the Speransa project brought me to the Caribbean island of Sint Eustatius AKA Statia. It was love at first sight and the love proved to be lasting. I am still intensely involved with the people of Statia and I hope to make a book about them.
Meanwhile landscape photography has become the other half of my photography.
I have worked for various magazines, my documentary work and landscapes were widely exhibited both in the Netherlands and in the Caribbean, and in 2013 I studied with Magnum photographers David Alan Harvey and Nikos Economopoulos.