As a travel-photographer, I have the privilege to join many different groups of people to the most amazing locations on this planet.
These two pictures are made on one of the Greek islands, Kos, on top of the highest mountain named Dikeos (846mtrs) where I managed to capture this amazing sunset. Because of the colors that were continuously changing, it felt like a living painting.
I got fascinated by the way people react, when confronted with this extraordinary setting, a beautiful sundowner on Kos. I noticed that the new generation travelers are more focused on catching these moments on photo or video instead of fully experience this gift of nature.
So I decided to picture them while they grab the moment.
Meet Jacklin, my dear sister. I personally am very happy about this picture, as it shows her personality in various ways. For me, it shows a mixture of the young girl she used to be, and the lady she became.
In this picture, her eyes radiate innocence as well as enormous strength. It’s a combination of shyness and confidence; I see both, her open view to the rest of the world and, meanwhile, her private emotional territory.
These dancers are part of an amazing dance collective from Rotterdam, called the Amenti Collective. The first time I got confronted by the performances of these guys was at Burning Man NL (also known as Where the Sheep Sleep), it literally brought me to tears.
Not only me… they managed to impress the whole crowd with their touching stories.
Serendipity. That is how we met. I am very grateful to have her in my life and that I was able to be able to picture her my way, a strong, outgoing and fun lady.
I love this picture, because it shows her pure and cheerful spirit.
Leonie is a “sommelier” (wine-expert) and works for the Dutch Winetheatre, where she teaches people everything they need to know about wine. In this picture you can see her giving a workshop about how to use wine carafes.
The moment you get to know a person, you also discover a little piece of somebodies private universe. Once the bond between two people develops itself, you will both notice that every persons life consists of different layers. These layers are to be discovered the more you put interest in a person. To discover ones story fascinates me, makes me curious, and surprises me over and over again. It keeps me focused looking at the world and its people with an open angle.
Through this project I want to show my audience how amazingly surprising and instructive it is to dive deeper into a subject. With my pictures I try to show more than this one impression, and try to seek outside my own boundaries. In each of my pictures I try to implement these emotions.
South Africa has a special place in my heart. This is where I grew up many years ago. I feel like coming home, every time I visit. My last trip to South Africa had an unusual twist: I participated in “Afrika Burn” which was organized in the middle of the desert of Tankwa Town.
“Afrika Burn” is a regional Burning Man event, bringing the Burning Man culture and believes into the local community of South Africa.
It changed my view on the world, communities and longterm goals. It has brought me freedom “to be and express.” I discovered that, taking part in this event, it literally brought the colors into my life I was so looking for, without even realizing.
A photo assignment for the Dutch recruitment agency “Only Human”, portraying their company values: enthusiasm and personal involvement.
Diederik was in need of a new, authentic picture for the release of the new management book for his company Scenter, and organization development company.
This is Zaïre Magendans. She is part of a big women's network for professionals in wines and oysters.
Zaïre is specialized in oysters, serves them at festivals and events but also, she shares her professional knowledge in various workshops. This picture was taken at a Food Fair in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”
This quote, describes best what I wanted to capture during a sundowner at a regional Burning Man event, called Afrika Burn.
A vulnerable song performed for the first time. A livingroom transformed to a small intimate concert room. You can see clearly that the audience is totally caught up in emotions, while Speelman & Speelman performs.
My sister is a natural dancer. She literally grew up dancing and for a while she even taught kids professionally how to dance. It has been a while, but I’d surely love to see her move like this again!
'Some people, were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. And some people, dance.'
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
A few years ago, I moved to Haarlem. It was a drastic move from the eastern part of the Netherlands to the western part, although the Netherlands is a fairly small country. I left behind a city filled with old memories and places with various reminders.
A life in Nijmegen did not fit me anymore as a person.
Haarlem felt like a blank, fresh and crispy new canvas. Able to live so close to the ocean and the beach, was one of my biggest wishes coming true. The many visits to the beach brought me this intense happiness.
35 years ago, I was born at the edge of a forest. This was one of the first forest encounters in Haarlem. Like a flashback, I was emotionally blown away and I captured this photo. I’m creating new memories now.
Jacklin wanted a new LinkedIn profile picture that radiates her strong drive and ambition, besides her very female side. This pictures shows that it takes two to tango!
Miss Publicity (a PR agency based in Amsterdam and Rotterdam) hired me as a photographer to capture the grand opening of the restaurant Umaimon in the city center of Amsterdam: THE new hotspot for lovers of chicken ramen noodles.
In my early years as a student in Nijmegen, I shared an apartment with Marieke. We not only shared the apartment, we shared everything. Along the years, she became like a sister to me.
Our careers decided for us to go separate ways. She followed her heart and moved to Brisbane, Australia. Permanently.
By chance, a business trip to Gladstone - Australia, gave me the opportunity to visit her for a few days. I discovered that, by that time, she was rocking as a freelance personal trainer.
I decided to make a photo documentary about her new life. About how she manages to give everything to the max in order to empower and guide women in their personal wishes to become strong and fit.
South Africa has a special place in my heart. Living there for a while taught me how growing up can be a blessing and that the same a struggle. It taught me how to re-discover, and appreciate the small things in life again.
These pictures are taken almost 10 years ago. I did not have an expensive camera, but my eyes, heart and soul made me wanting to tell a story about this amazing country.
Inspiration can be found behind every corner.
“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”
- Nelson Mandela -
This is Giel Kuipers, from Amsterdam he is an international sales manager in fashion. He is an ambitious professional, outgoing and a real 'people person'.
This series of pictures, called 'The people of Mandala' was shot at the Mandala Festival in Wanroij, the Netherlands. The University of Applied Photography in Amsterdam selected me as one out of 10 students, to exhibit at their annual end of year expo.
Mandala Festival is a creative festival that origins from a concept to create a temporary place where dreams can become reality. It’s a world where everyone participates and helps each other exploring their ways of self-expression.
Visitors of this event are called participants. They co-create this dream-world where ideas are brought to life.
With some of them I took a small moment of silence. I managed to make them escape this hilarious chaos by taking these pictures. The challenge was to connect with the person in front of the camera while they were often distracted by the many impressions during that moment.
I wanted to discover if I could get to their core personalities and capture that. I also was curious if they would be able to open up towards me.
We stood still, right there, in the middle where it all happened: a buzzing festival.
The organization of this festival, Extrema, is still using my images in their online communication.
The City of Tilburg, hired me to photograph the Sunday 'family' afternoon of their famous Tilburgse Kermis, one of the biggest events in The Netherlands and Benelux, with more than 230 attractions.
The Tilbugse Kermis uses these pictures in social media and for their online strategy.
As a 'fresh arrival' in Haarlem, I started exploring my neighborhood on a different level. These time no need for a plane, car boat or bike. All appeared to be just around the corner.
During years of traveling, I discovered I have a special interest for crafts, and their craftsmen. Somehow, they always end up in my photo series.
So did this man, in his clothing repair shop.
Italy 2016, the villages of Cinque Terre. This village is called Manarola, and surely a breathtaking surprise. For me, the beauties of this small town are the contrast, and at the same time the balance between fragility and the mighty powers of nature.
The man in the picture…so intense passionate about his work as a chef in a restaurant. Amazed by the food he served, I decided to approach him. I asked him if I could take his picture. It was “one-shotter.” For me, the look on his face embodies pride.
The lady on the other picture is called Irene. At that point we were working for the same travel agency. I was the photographer, she was the tour-leader. We shared our dreams, fears and challenges we were facing that time. Freedom is important, to both of us, although in different ways. During our working trip together, I could see her fall in love more and more with the island of Ibiza. And so, she stayed ;)
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
- Gail Devers -
A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.
Daan Speelman is a theater artist and singer from Haarlem. Together with his brother Joost, they form a duo: Speelman & Speelman. They travel around The Netherlands to perform. During the making of this I joined them as a photographer to the island of Texel where the Broadway Boulevard Festival took place.
The beach to me is a special place to celebrate life and freedom. Nevertheless, It is also a great setting to make portraits. Look at this picture of Siety Gerrits, with her newborn Nena.
Own who you are. Don't be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.
- Unknown -
National Tulip Day in 2017. A still.
A yearly event where more than 10,000 people traditionally come along to pick up their own free tulip from Amsterdam.
Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if...'; And then do it.
- Duane Michals -
Berlin is one of my favorite cities to visit. Once there this city manages to surprise me over and over again. In my eyes these pictures are actually opposite to each other, but both SÓ“Berlin”. One picture is a small moment in the subway, where a musician surprised his audience while the other picture shows the endless shape of this corridor I was triggered by.
Moments eternally captured just by walking through the city.
Anouschka Voorn is a Meditation Coach, Yoga Teacher and Art Director at Gardens of Babylon. This photo tells a story about basic female power and expressing creativity.
This is picture shows Barend Havenaar - founder of the Champagnebar - being super concentrated doing what he loves to do the most: creating huge champagne towers with up to 560 crystal glasses that are served out with high quality champagne. He hired me to picture him while operating at a big catering industry fair.
There is no love sincerer that the love of food.
- George Bernard Shaw -
Love is light for the soul.
-Lailah Gifty Akita-
On my journey to become the best photographer I can possibly be, I am always shooting. I make as many hours with my camera as possible. It is a great joy friends that are as enthusiastic as me about my various photographic experiments.
The most imperfect image out an investigation to society 3.0 and all it's perfections.
The “Wake up Club” at Ruimtekoers Festival in Arnhem, was one of the first sports events in the morning organized in the Netherlands. The “Ruimtekoers Festival” is a cultural initiative, changing destinations of empty business premises in order to give people new 'third places' and new opportunities to connect with each other.
Meet Saskia Hardus: mother of two, art student, chef at Pacific Parc, and a catering entrepreneur. In contrast to her busy existence, I managed to capture the calmness in her personality.
During the finals of the Dutch elections 2017, I was sent out as a photo journalist.
In this picture you see the Dutch politician, Thierry Baudet, is being interviewed by journalists of various Dutch news channels. This picture was taken the minute after he was confronted with the victory he achieved for the party he represents.
This is Hasan, a young sailor from Turkey.
Lieke & Richard Lamb | Battle of the trends
Concert - Marc Broussard
'Beauty of who you are.'
Festival der kunsten, Nijmegen.
One of the travelers I joined in Slovenia, is a professional skydiver. We organized a skydive for her over the amazingly beautiful mountains, surrounding the Bled area. I joined her to make a documentary of her 946th jump. And no, I did not jump myself ;)
Understand me. I'm not like an oridnary world. I have my madness, I live in another dimension and I do not have time for things that have no soul.
During the last days of summer, spending long evenings at the beach together, Manon and me started evaluating the year and looking forward to new events and adventures to come up. Discussing many topics, asking questions such as: where do I stand and what do I want to achieve? I took my camera to capture this moment.
Make it simple, but significant.
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa
An intimate moment at Africa Burn with Isabel. This event, a regional Burning Man event in South Africa, swept us both out of our comfort zones. Emotions swirling from happiness and unity to lonelyness and the need for acceptance.
Waking up in Kruger Park, South Africa. A detail from my garden and a still of a journey through France.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic, will never find it.
Travel Photography brought me to Bled, Slovenia, where groups of single parents where camping and enjoyed their outdoor vacation with their children.
Rafting was on the program that day, and for some little ones, this was quite an exiting activity. You can really read the tension on this boys face, just before the group was heading into the water.
These pictures are made for the artist Ronald Duikersloot to promote his project Tramp Tower.
---This solid heavy chunk of aluminum is shaped like the official Trump Tower. The ‘over-the-top’ golden interior is the place where Donald Trump runs his office and is also the place of many resistance. Presented on a HQ black granite pedestal this shiny iconic piece is meant to open discussions for the Netherlands with our elections on its way. Do you really want the right wing to rise up? Why do people vote more nationalistic? What are you afraid of or what makes you so angry?
The tulip is a reference to the art history of the 17th century where many Dutch painters used symbols like this. The tulip represents the transience.
Read more about this project here.
Black and white portraits made in an Amsterdam studio of Kaj Nabuurs.
Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.
Making beautiful things even more beautiful.
Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.
Sundowner at Afrika Burn. Wondering what exactly is Afrika Burn?
AfrikaBurn is a community of participants who come together to create art, burning structures, costume, performance, theme camps, music, mutant vehicles and much, much more. All of this is created through the volunteer culture of the citizens of Tankwa Town in the Karoo once a year.
AfrikaBurn’s aim is to be radically inclusive and accessible to anyone. The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, ritual before symbolism, work before vested interest, participant support before sponsorship.
Nothing is for sale but ice at the event. Nothing. There are no vendors, no advertising or branding. It just doesn’t fit in. It’s not even a barter economy – it’s a decommodified zone with a gift economy that’s about giving without expecting anything in return.
Read more here.
August, 2015 - Kos, Greek Islands. While working on the Greek Islands as a Travel Reporter for an agency, the flood of refugees started to emerge. The boulevard, city centre, harbour and beaches of Kos filled up with people in need of a home. Shelter, food and help. Heartbreaking. Nothing I could do, exept buying people food, blankets and tooth brushes. I did not take many pictures, but here is a few that adress what was going on at that time.
Leonie Mooijekind runs her own winebar at “Thuishaven”, a cultural free-heaven in Amsterdam. In this creative festival setting, she weekly serves quality wines to the visitors of “Thuishaven”.
As a professional sommelier, this is her statement: It has become my mission to wake up the world of wine with innovative ideas: "Away with the mystery and arrogance. Wine must be transparent. For everyone!"
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost -
Joyce Goverde Photography | My latest work.
Toon is one of the travelers I joined as a photographer. I took this photo of him in 2014 in a nature park in the Algarve, Portugal.