#tbt 1985 I’m six years old and live in the town of Haarlem, Netherlands. My dad allowed me to take his camera out. Me and my friends where exhilarated and we roamed the streets. And so my first session of street photography was born ..
All my life I've enjoyed very much taking pictures. Luckily I got also inspired by my parents that created albums of all our trips. allowing me to practice all along the way.
My early life in a nutshell went to school in Haarlem, worked aside for pocket money, travelled, later also for long periods of time like in Australia & Argentina, studied social cultural science in Amsterdam, worked in marketing as a people manager, got tired of that and spent 7 months in east Africa in 2008.
On the brink of the digital era I started posting photos on my Africa trip on Picasa (now google) and Facebook. People seemed to appreciate following my adventures. Back then I had no clue that I was doing would become daily practice of a todays' travel vlogger/ digital creators' But slowly the idea arose that this might be fruitful for a way of living.
So eventually it would take a quarter of a century after my first streetphotography session (2010) before I understood it might be a way of living that pertains to me; combining income with passion..Sowe started http://storytravelers.com together with Koen van Seijen at the age of 30.
Farmer John: This was one of the first pictures that I had been paid for. A tiny budget though, but anyway. Our first project in this case featuring a biodynamic farmer. Much later (2019) I would make documentaries about Regenerative farming.