On this photo you see me playing with a Lubitel 166B from my dad. Thats how it all started for me. A Zeiss Ikon Ikoflex, a Praktica MTL3 and MTL5 those were the toys I played with back in the days next to my lego offcourse!
The Praktica MTL5 was the first camera I learned to shoot film with and as a little boy I carried it around to the photography/darkroom worshop for kids and later school. I was hooked on photography and when I had to make my choice for high school it became one with specific subjects like graphic design, screen printing and photography offcourse.
My dad and I turned over our bathroom in a darkroom a couple of times a year so we could develop our photo’s. Later we donated all the equipment to my school for use with the photography lessons. A few years ago I volunteered at a photography museum where I managed to get a lot of the same kind of equipment back. When my former photography teacher heard about this he offered me a box full of equipment and I’m still thankfull for that. From that day on I was able again to have my own dark room up and running. I still love to work in the darkroom but I don’t do it as much as I would like to because of the lack of space at this moment.
Photography always was more a hobby for me than a possible professional career so I never pushed myself to go for a job as a professional photographer and thats why I started working as an Print Operator in 2001. I finished my media degrees at the Grafisch Lyceum in Rotterdam 3 years after. I have been working for two different companies for about eleven years total. I worked with different offset presses but with the Heidelberg Speedmaster I had the most fun. I have seen a lot of cool work coming out of the machines I worked on. Work for small businesses, big corporations and even the Dutch Royal House.
Next to my job I started learning at the SAE Institute (School for Audio Engineering) in 2009 because I had discovered music production. In 2010 I finished the course at the SAE Institute and I founded my own Netlabel for releasing music from various artist all over the world.
In 2015 I found a new challenge. Hi-Fi Klubben was about to open a store in The Hague. Hi-Fi Klubben is a Danish Company that set feet on Dutch ground a few years earlier. Hi-Fi Klubben sells equipment such as amplifiers, loudspeakers and televisions. With their great slogan “BAD SOUND KILLS GOOD MUSIC” they triggered me. Music was always one of my passions alongside photography and I decided to work for them. Hi-Fi Klubben is a great company to work for. Every single employee has a great passion for good music and sound offcourse. With that in mind we bring great service to the customer.