As a person I’ve always been fascinated by people in exclusive ‘clubs’ and close communities; groups of people bound together by a common fate, a shared passion or affliction. As a photographer I explore their worlds with my camera. I can never truly become a member of their communities however, so as an outsider I am forced to find my own perspective on their microcosm.
Whether documenting the city parks of Amsterdam and Rotterdam or the Frisian islands, I have a particular method: working from up high, standing on an elevated platform. The trouble of renting a hydraulic hoist for every shoot pays off: seen from a bird’s eye view, the architecture of the parks, or the vastness and tranquility of the islands, become clearly visible.
I graduated from the Royal Academy of the Art The Hague in 2002. And like to work for a broad variety of magazines and newspapers. In 2012 I have published my first book, ‘Playground’, a topography of the terrains where special forces do drills in case of emergency