Nice to meet you. I’m a Dutch photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand.
I moved to Aotearoa in 2005 and, overwhelmed by New Zealand’s natural beauty, I immediately felt inspired to take up photography. My passion for the photographic process grew and I eventually returned to university to study Photographic Design. In my last year at university I was the recipient of the Sony/AIPA Student award.
Lifestyle Photography – people, places and spaces
I shoot lifestyle and travel photography for a wide variety of clients. My work has featured in some of New Zealand’s most popular print magazines as well as online publications. Some of my clients include Your Home and Garden magazine, Homestyle magazine and Manual magazine. I tend to shoot people where they are most comfortable, in their homes or studios and other work places. I have a passion for analogue photography and often use 35mm or 120mm film, creating a distinctive style. Have a look at my portrait work here, my interiors gallery here and my travel photography here.
As an immigrant to New Zealand, the topics of cultural identity and sense of belonging are close to my heart. I’ve been exploring these topics in my fine art and community projects.
In 2015 I initiated the documentary project Dutch New Zealand which received funding from the Netherlands Embassy as well as the Wellington City Council. The year-long project saw me travel throughout New Zealand to photograph and interview Dutch immigrants, resulting in several exhibitions, an online gallery and permanent display of several portraits in the Dutch museum in Foxton.
I was the recipient for the Sony/AIPA Student award for my fine art project Belonging in which I explored a sense of home in our personal interior.
GradDip Design (Photographic) – Massey University, New Zealand
BA Communication and Information Studies – Groningen University, the Netherlands
Exhibitions & Awards
Dutch New Zealand – Residency Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Wellington 2016
The Quiet Life X Manual Magazine #tqlxmanualphoto Award 2015
Dutch New Zealand – Wellington City Library, Wellington 2015
Where the Wild Things Grow (group) – Alpha Art Gallery, Wellington – Curator, Photographer 2015
Kaititiro (goup)- Thistle Hall, Wellington 2014
Dutch Wellington – Matchbox Studios, Wellington 2014
HAIKU (group), Auckland Festivlal of Photography – NorthArt, Auckland 2011
AIPA/SONY Scholarship Student Award 2009