I take random photos on the streets everywhere I go.
My eyes wander in search for the unusual, the unexpected
“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street”
I love walking the streets, feeling the buzz & looking for the unexpected.
Sometimes the ordinary stands out, at other times the unusual.
I look for the happy & the sad faces, the strange & the curious ones.
Every individual walking the streets is a cosmos of thoughts & their individuality is an inspiration to me.
It’s not easy to take pictures of people without them noticing you & If they do, it instantly kills the moment.
Street photography is tough. Nonetheless special, pure & raw. It makes for compelling stories.
This is mine.
“Well, the way of paradoxes is the way of truth. To test reality we must see it on the tight rope. When the verities become acrobats, we can judge them”
I never liked the circus. Ever since I was a child I was always the odd one out that never wanted to come along. The animals saddened me, the clowns never made me laugh & I found all other acts uninspiring. I still do.
However last night at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Cirque du Soleil startled me. The stage filled with incredibly disciplined performers making the impossible possible. They swung like feathers on ropes, drapes & hula-hoops moving with preposterous speed. Their elegant, elastic bodies made you watch breathlessly & seduced you into a fairytale like world. The velocity, the colours & the infinite energy of the performers made last night a world class act.
No animals but inspiring artists & uplifting comedians.
I had to shoot without flash & therefore decided to shoot blur pictures to give the feeling of motion & less detail creating some new shapes with light sources leaving stripes in the frame.
I photographed 6 images for the Art installation ED in Rome.
3 models & 2 km of hair pieces.
"Masquerade" was a personal/private shoot shot in the South of Italy with long time friends Claudio Orazi & Massimo Palasciano. Non-models.
"Grease" was an "extra" after my shoot for the Attraverso exhibition. We had just about enough energy to shoot a few more shots.
“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees”
I have been sucked into the world of hair ever since Colucci walked into my life on a crisp London night some 20 odd years ago.
The reason we met was my hair.
Crew cut versus suave, Italian locks.
A match made in heaven.
We married, made babies & grew up, well, so we’d like to think…
Fabio followed his dream & still is, while I found my true passion.
I fell in love with photography.
There are innumerable reasons why, but first and foremost it is simply because to me, a picture has what it takes to tell a story, and somehow, through the expression, charisma and mood of an individual I feel what that story might bring to light, both visually & creatively.
Charlie grew up in the midst of both worlds & presumably that’s why she is so comfortable in front of a camera.
She is a natural, free spirited child and whether she is grumpy, happy or sad she knows how to make the camera hers. While most children shy away just by the sight of a camera, Charlie is most comfortable in letting you into her life.
No fear, no inhibitions.
On our trip to Puglia last weekend, while walking along the beach, I caught her when she was joyfully playing with the wind that was blowing through her hair, not paying attention to the tumultuous waves smacking the sands behind her.
I took some shots of her, candidly.
No posing but the innocence of a child playing with Mother Nature.
What struck me most in these shots was her hair. It reminded me of that cold night in London when Fabio said to me;
“Wow, I really like your style, I am Fabio, can I cut your hair?
I shot these pictures when I was asked by Massimo Lapertosa,a noted photographer from Puglia, to participate in an Exhibition together with another 7 photographers. The idea behind this showcase was to create a series of visions of life surrounding us. All, obviously, proposed in a different way.I loved the idea of working together on this project with a brilliantly diverse group of Artists. In my eyes, and later in that of the visitors’, an occasion to see things through the eyes of others.As Massimo explained: “No artistic pretensions, just a series of visual stimulus, an opportunity to compare different voices, learn about new approaches & new sensitivities” Every theme chosen had to have a connection with life in Puglia, so I decided to go back in time & recreate post-war scenes of a traditional, local family, preparing for a festive family gathering. This is the result… In time I will post more of the many shots I took. All shot in one day thanks to a dreamy cast of friends & colleagues that made this exhibition possible for me.
I love working with children & I love taking their pictures. They are beautiful creatures that still possess what we have all lost – innocence. I love their spontaneity & how focused they are in what they want or what they think is right. I love their honesty, perception & how very real they truly are. With my camera I try to capture their beautiful, expressive faces & make it tell a story.
The innocence of a child.
“There are no lines in nature, only areas of colour, one against another”
I took this shot during the filming of a complex video. It was a beautiful Autumn day, the sun was shining and the air was crispy cold. We were surrounded by colour in a world full of nature. The grass was of the brightest green and the flowers yellow like the sun. A red blanket was draped for the models to sit on turning the mixture of colours into magic. The ladies with their perfect posture & red silky lips sat beautifully while poetically staring into nature. However looks are deceiving, as what they really watched, was their men gun fighting each other over love.
Hair by the Bh Creative Team for Mash Up Haircare
Photo 2: Enigma
“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed” Thomas Moore. I love the mystery of working backstage. The excitement, accumulating stress & organized chaos of getting a photo shoot going. It is the madness that goes into setting up a studio & the preparation of getting the models to look like a million dollars. It’s never smooth, always too hot & the amount of people working, forevermore too many. But once the studio lights go off & the camera starts rolling the mystery unfolds… With my backstage pictures I tried to capture the craziness & engagement that this amazing group of people put into getting it perfectly right. This particular shot I took while the Creative Team of BH Hairdressing, Italy was working on their upcoming ICONE Collection at the Rai Studios in Rome. Great Team work, dazzling vibe & a fascinating final Collection, put together in just 1 week…
“Looking back, I guess I used to play-act all the time. For one thing, it meant I could live in a more interesting world than the one around me.”
Creating an atmosphere with the help of lights, special effects & sound is what makes photography even more exciting.
For those of you who know me, I have never been a big fan of fashion photography. A model moving in front of the camera doesn’t inspire me that much.
However, when the special effects come in my brain cells wake up with a bang.
I need the unexpected.
It helps me to be creative, to think different & to make a difference in my work.
Creating a fantasy IS the unexpected & I love, how, by just using moving backdrops & sounds an individual can become that fantasy.
For this job the film crew created effects that portrayed the BH Hairdressing Icone Collection best, a collection where we mixed the 60’s 70’s 80’s & 90’s Icone’s of music & television with todays modern society.
Bringing a fantasy into being is a challenge. But challenges make you think harder & grow stronger.
I shot these 3 pictures while they were still trying out.
The original pictures are in bright 70’s colours.
Model: Larisa Pascal. 7 months pregnant.
Location: Rai Studio’s, Rome
“You can take the girl out of Holland but you can’t take Holland out of the girl”
Home can be anywhere.
I had the privilege to live, study & work in some of the most amazing countries.
Every country was home.
I left my beloved Holland when I was 17 & considering I am 47 now it’s easy to do the math. I lived more years abroad than I ever lived in my own country.
Still, Holland is home.
I need that Dutch fix at least a couple of times a year. I need to wander the streets of Amsterdam & breathe the air of “doe maar gewoon, dan doe je al gek genoeg”. I need to drink “koffie verkeerd” in “de 9 straatjes”, eat my fries with mayonnaise at Vleminckx in de Voetboogstraat & sit on the stairs of other people’s houses. I need the Jordaan & its colourful people, its cafes & markets and I need to hear the “Hee Mop wat mag het wezen vandaag” I need my “broodje halfom” at Sal Meijer’s in the Scheldestraat & I need to bike & feel like I still fit in, but most of all I need “gezelligheid”
I drive my friends in Italy crazy when we are deciding in what restaurant to have dinner or where to go for an “aperitivo” my requisite always stands strong “wherever it is “gezellig”
You can find it in Italy but in Holland it’s just in the air…
I was asked, by the creative director of a well known travel magazine in Italy to shoot a series of photos of Positano. Images you would see on a postcard.So I decided to shoot 1 photo of real life Positano on a Saturday afternoon. The postcard I imagined had to be with its gabble stone beaches, the cliffs & its people, without a doubt. The Positanesi are particular characters, their history is rich & their traditions unique. For this job I decided to go by boat giving me the opportunity to shoot from the sea inwards.This is one of my favorite shots followed by those of limoncello…
“Positano bites deep”, Steinbeck wrote. “It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.
New York, Dumbo