If you’d told me three years earlier that I’d be climbing Western Europe’s highest mountain, I’d simply have laughed. Yet this summer I summited Mont Blanc, which begs the question: what drives people to climb?
How on earth did I end up here? This went through my mind as I’m taking photos of a bunch of young people dancing on top of a mountain with a 360 view of lakes and more mountains. It was just another typical day though, part of last summer’s assignment to shoot campaign images during a trip to Norway.
For this blog I decided to make it personal. Sports have always played a major role in my life, which could explain why I love shooting with athletes. Read all about the insane range of sports I’ve practiced and perhaps I’ll sneak in a little confession or two.
So by now you’ve gathered that I shoot athletes. But what is it that drives me in photographing them? In this post I’ll attempt to get to my fundamental motivation in photography.
Here’s 17 of my favourite shots from 2017, in addition to my thoughts on the past year and some of my goals for 2018. Spoiler: I’m super psyched to have already ticked off some of these!
This summer, I took part in an alpinism course in the French Alps organised by Mountain Network, and photographed our days in the mountains at the same time. Combining my roles as a student and a photographer was a challenging but inspiring and rewarding experience.
Recently I was approached by Amber Dubach, a young student. She’s a student of a sport communications bachelor in Tilburg, and was interested in doing a short interview about my photography. The interview mainly centers on how I got to where I am, and the role sports play in my life.
In my photography I draw a huge amount of inspiration from film and tv series. One of my favourite recent series has been Mr. Robot. This is how this series proved to have a profound effect on the way I compose my photos.
The spot Under Armour created with their sponsored athlete Michael Phelps is quite probably one of the best sports commercials ever made. It has motivated and inspired me both in my own athletic pursuits and in my photography, so writing an ode seems like the right thing to do.
Ever since I started shooting photos I’ve always tried my very best to be continually inspired by the work of other photographers. It’s always humbling and at the same time massively motivating to see the work of the masters of photography. Recently I’ve been hugely inspired by Peter Lindbergh and Anton Corbijn, compelling me to start my own project.
Recently I was invited to be a guest in a Dutch talkshow on photography called Cafe Obscura. We talk about a bunch of subjects like finding your own style, working on personal projects and making it in the photography business through honest marketing and focusing on a niche.
When I’m shooting commercial projects I tend to capture huge volumes of photos to make sure I get the perfect shot. It can sometimes be nice to slow down though, which is exactly what I did when I took only my analog Nikon FE camera on a climbing trip to Fontainebleau with friends.
Possibly one of my favorite photos of all time and the one most people seem to remember is the one you see below. In fact it means so much to me that I’ve got it hanging blown up on canvas in my bedroom, it’s the first thing I see every morning. Allow me to share the story behind this image shot in Winterberg!
While on a family holiday to the Portugese Acores island group in the middle of the Atlantic ocean I stumbled upon this perfect little beach. I realized the sun would be hitting the beach near Sao Miguel at a perfect angle later in the afternoon. While the rest of my family retreated to our rental house, I drove back later that day to capture some images I knew would find a place in my portfolio.
All new starts are hard, and starting a new blog is infamous within the overpopulated world of hard new starts. It’s not like this is the first time I’ve tried this, so therefore let’s do a bit of reframing: this is not a blog!