I was born in Wilrijk in 1958 and now live in Kontich (close to Antwerp, Belgium). After my commercial studies I started working at a large bank (KBC) and 34 years later I am about to end my career at this bank. From March, 2016 I will be able to focus 100% on my two passions: photography and travel, particularly in Africa. Each year for most of the last 15 years my wife and I visited a different African country. Something we’d love to keep doing in the future.
I didn’t get into photography until later in life. My father was an avid amateur photographer who had his own darkroom and who often invited me to join him but as a youth I was never interested. I took my first photos (slides) when on honeymoon in Kreta in 1981. When I showed them to friends and family they reacted enthusiastically. After a few years of only taking photos during our annual holiday I decided to broaden my interest in photography. I joined a local photo club and in 1988 developed my first roll of b/w film.
I decided that portraits of people in their natural habitat were the subject matter that most suited me. For me “people” are an inexhaustible source of inspiration. I am a very social person, have great respect for others and am truly interested in them. These feelings manifest themselves in my photos. I am especially interested in taking photos of people of different backgrounds in faraway countries. Each time I try to capture their soul, their background and their life’s experiences in one single shot.
My vision is that a picture says more than a thousand words. A photo must evoke emotion and must produce that “wow” feeling in the spectator. A perfect technical finish is important. They used to say that 50% of a black and white photo is produced in the darkroom. I agree with that as I worked analogue for more than 20 years before making the switch to digital. My portfolio mainly consists of b/w portraits and street photography. Sometimes I venture into architecture or landscape but not very often.