I was born in Wilrijk in 1958 and now live in Kontich (close to Antwerp, Belgium). I took my first photos (slides)
when on honeymoon in Kreta in 1982 because i wanted something to remember. When i showed them to friends
and family they reacted enthusiastically. After a few years of only taking photos during our annual holiday i decided
to broaden my interest in photography and joined a local photo club. That was the true beginning of my growing
interest in photography.
Visiting different photo exhibitions only came in a later phase. After all these years lots of photographers inspired
me and are still a source of inspiration to me.
I am always looking for typical black and white subjects with an emphasis on shapes and structures, light and dark,
sun and shadow. Subjects in which color is not very important. And i find these subjects in human faces, especially in
the expression in their eyes. That’s why my portfolio mainly consists of b/w portraits and street photography. Sometimes
i venture into architecture or landscape but not very often. Once in a while i try to compose several photos into
a creative edit.
Making portraits of people in their natural habitat is the subject matter that most interests me. For me people are an
inexhaustible source of inspiration. In that point of view i am more a” portrait photographer” although most of my
portraits are made on the street. I am not the prototype of a “street photographer” because most of the time i try to
get in contact with the people and ask for their permission before i take the shoot. It rarely happens i shoot them without their knowledge.
I think the main thing is to always show respect for your subject and make them feel you are really interested in them. That’s why i never take a portrait without first starting a small conversation with the people i meet. I present myself openly and honestly to them as if i am one of
them. A little wink, a short chat and a smiling face will convince them to pose for me. The greatest pleasure afterwards is they sometimes start telling me their life stories. In fact i am always searching to capture the soul, the background and the life experiences of everyone i portray.