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.