A few weeks ago I had decided to apply for an online photography inquiry to become one of five photographers to document the ADE event later this year.  Confession time. I really really (really) don't like doing photography competitions. But that has more to do with the fact that you put yourself right in the spot of rejection and for me having my photography being judged by my horrible critical self is good enough.

But. This was interesting. ADE isn't just an event. It's the world coming together and that idea with my view on photography and human interaction sounded like an amazing opportunity to tell a story.

So I applied. I was happy when I got informed that I was invited and selected to be part of the selection day where 20 photographers had to face some challenges and would later hear which 5 would be booked as photographers and have all access to the ADE events. Canon was in the mix as well and since I'm a huge nerd I know (and have used) all brands that make cameras.

And like all challenges: it was challenging. Having a completely open approach of photography myself, being narrowed down by 'boundaries' isn't something that makes me comfortable . We had to make three photos named "PORTRAITS" which would be of an artist you had to find. "LOCATION" which expectedly restricted us to a certain location and "ATMOSPHERE" in which you would tell the story about how you see Amsterdam.

So I did as I always do and just followed my gut. Waited for the right moment till I felt something happening and seize that opportunity.

I'm very very happy to be one of the five winners of this challenge and I learned one important thing today: Wherever you are in your career and even if you feel like something's not necessarily up your alley. Face that challenge. Every. Single. Time. Not have I gotten the opportunity to document an amazing event this year. I've also made new friends and felt an age old form of pressure which you rarely feel after you've gotten your career in check. It felt like it was new again and I loved every single bit of it. Can't wait to work together @canonnederland @amsterdamdanceevent

These are the winning photos.



I've come to the realisation that capturing memories has gotten too easy for us that it has become less of an effort to actually 'make' them. As a photographer I'd be the first one to admit that taking random snaps here and there would be enough memory making. Taking photos whether it would be with my camera or my phone really prevents me from ever taking the time to go back and reminisce about those times. I talked with my students and it's a resounding truth that in digital times having images stored on a harddrive makes us feel like we've made the memory and that's that. Done. So the question remains. When do we actually go back and 'feel' that we're back in that place of time?

Floor and I made a deal about actually collecting memories. Collecting items we found in beautiful places and actually 'framing' them. It's a trophy to put up in your house. It's a story on the wall or on your shelf. A memory for you to look at every day or that someone is dying to hear about because they're wondering why it's there in the first place.

We've started collecting memories not just in photographs but in actual things. But it's not just us. It starts with Lilou too. It's a new ambition to be a collector of life; Photographs, wood, sand, maps, rocks, leaves. Anything can be a memory. Can't wait to expand my new little collection.

I don't know why I'm loving it so much. But I'd like to find out if you'll enjoy it as much as I do. Give it a try. It might change the way you experience your history.


ING recently featured me on their instagram profile and allowed me to share my photos and story. Super cool to be featured as a creative. Awesome!



It's hard using words to describe a feeling felt so deep and it's scary to admit that it's real. I guess it is though. So I'll try to find the right words for it. I knew everything was perfect when I realised how beautiful my life was with my little Lilou. But I couldn't dare to wish to find someone that would make life even greater every single day. You're so beautiful. Not just in these pictures but as you are in life. I get to say that you're that girl that lights up the room with your smile and god knows it's true. I don't know how we got so lucky, you and I. But we did and it's like finding a home without ever knowing we were lost.

Our love is exhilarating, exciting, intoxicating and feels like the best rollercoaster ever. It's a love that should be celebrated through the bad and the good. Because that's what love is honey, it's both the dark and the light, sad and happy and what seals all of that is our hearts coming together with the greatest power I've ever witnessed next to fatherhood. I'm proud of us and my soul is on fire for you. It's burning with the greatest passion it has ever felt for someone and as it rages it will never die down. Even if my flames turn to ashes, it will revitalise the soil for us to grow out of again as it is unwavering and relentless in it's will to live on. 
The greatest heights lead to the longest drops. But I'll fall. I'll take the risk and climb the highest ridges to find you again and again to simply tell you "I love you".



Floor and I tend to talk about life a lot when we're together which I absolutely love about our relationship. Before I left for Denmark we talked about the seemingly large amount of 'alone time' I get to have to myself even though my work keeps going 24 hours a day. She noticed and put my attention to the fact that I do get to spend a lot of time alone. Editing at home, being on the road or travelling by plane gives me enormous amounts of time that I have to spend by myself. I thought about it and she's absolutely right. Travelling for work in any field forces you to learn how to be alone a lot. I realised that when I listen to the people around me is that many have a hard time actually being alone. By themselves. Work like mine enables me to 'disconnect' easily and 'connect' any time I desire to. A lot of my colleagues that travel for work should recognise this. If I tend to socialise whether that's on social media or WhatsApp with friends and family during that 'down' time I tend to arrive at my destination overstimulated or kind of tense because of the fact that I've been 'busy while doing nothing'. The conversations I have with Floor about that lets me think about the fact that one major importance to being alone is knowing how. Not constantly feeling the need to be influenced or kept busy by something is so important to learn at an early stage - this type of stuff really leads to overworking and feeling burnt out. I'm having a long break halfway to Denmark right now and I felt like taking photos and writing about this subject. I feel that being able to voluntarily 'work' while having down time is a luxury. I feel that one of the important thing for (creative/personal) development is being able to spend time with yourself. Something that teaches us a lot about where we are in life but more importantly who we are and if we're actually truly happy with that. With that in mind I'm going to disconnect, finish my sandwich now and hit the road again. 


Where do I start. How do I describe my feelings for you? You two, my perfect travel companions. We've been all over the world together. From the plains of Kenya to the streets of New York, the alleys of Haiti and the snowy landscapes of Iceland together. My god do we have a long history together my dearest shoes. I still love you as much as I did 5 years ago. It's okay don't worry! I think you're beautiful with all of your imperfections, bumps, scratches and marks. You're still the prettiest to me. Trust me, nothing will separate us. We're together forever. I might just give you a little spa-treatment. Get you all shined up and looking good to reach our 10 year anniversary. Honest to god, I wouldn't want to live a day without you. 

"CLASS OF 2018."

It's inspiring and motivating to see how exciting all of the students are. They're just one day away from exhibiting their work and being part of that energy reminds me of all of the times that new and scary things were happening. I can't wait to see them show off their work and if you're around please do come take a look. The official opening takes place tomorrow evening (12th) at 19.00 and ends at 21.30. If you can't make it you can also visit on the Wednesday (13th) between 13.00 and 21.00.


Driving the last 3 hours to Højer led us straight into reuniting with Liam & Jennifer and heading out to the gallery where my photos will exhibited 2 weeks from now. It was a full day of talking about where to hang which photos, a walk on the beach and a hang out session in their library. We'll be heading back home tomorrow afternoon so it was a short and sweet trip. See you in two weeks, Højer!


True story, I was talking about wanting to see a deer here in the woods and 3 minutes later we saw one. That brief encounter was magical. No photo's. But that's fine. The moment will stay with us forever. Someone's listening up there. Thanks for that.