Inspiration

Right now

My Fashion Heroes started around 2015/16 when capturing wonderful kidsmodels for courageous labels.
They wanted the photography to be in line with my documentary photography.
Since then i photograph in this specific way, telling little stories in which the models show moods, emotion.
The light and flash i use-being a strobist photographer- is important in all shootings.

Before

In my decades as a photographer there were several points of inspiration. My travels to distant countries and the confrontation with suppressed people, children and social conditions made me the human being i am today. The revolutions of 1989 formed part of a revolutionary wave in the late 1980s and early 1990s that resulted in the end of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. The Gulf War in 1990–91. My life in a christian village called Veenendaal. The search for my (biological) mother and my roots. Many moments in life created my vision of life and my style of photography.

Since 1997 my travels lead me to countries such as Bulgaria, Macedonia en Albania to meet the Roma and photograph their daily life. As a documentary photographer i captured life of the Roma ( gypsies) in Europe since 1997.
Although i love their colours, their passion and their uniqueness i realise that this is the largest minority ( uo to 12 million) in Europe.
Loved by a few, hated by almost everybody. A weird and shocking knowledge.
My work resulted in many exhibitions and a photobook: The good, the bad and the Roma ( inspired by The good, the bad and the ugly)

So, my photography-even in the area of fashion- has a deeper layer of humanity, emotion, a story, and it has to be more than just a series of nice pictures.