Tweet Two boys. Their first time in a local hospital in Muòng Tè (Lai Chau Province, Vietnam). Both of them were brought to the hospital by their father. The boy in the front was carried by his father, who walked for two days to reach us. His son misses upper thighs as a result of which [...]
Tweet It’s a lively Sunday morning at the market where a colorful mix of ethnic communities sell their products, share breakfast holding hot steamy bowls filled with ‘pho’, Vietnam’s famous noodle soup. It was here that I focussed on spices for several hours, in preparation of Street Food Vietnam. …
Tweet Just returned from Vietnam, where I spent some time in our (Duniya Foundation supported) rehabilitation centre in Lai Chau, home to 51 handicapped children. I worked on Street Food Vietnam, our second book in the series and about which more later. Here a young boy with Down syndrome is having his lunch. He is new [...]
Tweet Peak hour in Salta city (Province of Salta, Argentina).
Tweet Not mine, this time, but taken by Hans: Centro Cultural Borges in Buenos Aires, Argentina. On the 7th of June, my exhibition LET’SCH FOCUS opened and it was a great succes! Many visitors, live music, delicious Malbec wine and a stunning location where my photos can be seen till the 1ste of July. More [...]
Tweet A portrait in difficult light. For those interested: ISO 2500, 85 mm, f/1.4, 1/125 sec (Nikon D3s). Most probably this photo will be in an exhibition. Details online soon.
Tweet April, ten years ago. Bobby, at that time a young girl living in Nagwa slum, had a serious wound in her head with maggots creeping out. An x-ray in Benaras Hindu University showed that the maggots were trying to eat into her skull – literally – and we had to apply an aggressive fluid [...]
Tweet Please note that all my images are digitally watermarked and are not to be used or copied in any manner without my permission. That includes internet use!
Tweet An elderly Red Yao (Son Dao in Vietnamese: ‘the red waxed heads’) woman is being helped wearing her turban: three layers of red cotton decorated with pompons (or French 20-cent silver coins, when for ceremonial use). Women in this community shave off their eyebrows and foreheads, traditionally a sign of beauty. The women in [...]
Tweet Last month. A small H’Mong house in the mountains of Lai Chau in Vietnam. A woman is stirring in a huge frying pan containing corn (about which more later!). The heating fire is the only source of light. I am photographing and filming the cooking process when I look behind me and see this [...]
Tweet I just returned from Vietnam where, apart from supporting the eye surgery of a group of children, I visited the Duniya supported rehabilitation centre in Lai Chau. A home for 45 blind, deaf, cerebral palsy or in other ways handicapped children. A place where they play, eat, receive physiotherapy, medical care, special education and [...]
Tweet Yesterday, I photographed Europe’s smallest bird in my parents’ garden in France: the Goldcrest (Regulus regulus, in Dutch: goudhaantje). It looked at me as if it wanted to say: ‘take your time, it will be difficult to focus anyway…’. Curious is reacted to the sound of my shutter. And then it disappeared. Superfast.
Tweet I know! I am a bit late with my ‘photo of the month’, being the end of the month already. Nevertheless, I wanted to share this photo of my little friend from India: Choti (which by the way means ‘the little girl’). I am thinking of using this photo as a Christmas or New [...]
Tweet This 2011 Dutch summer being the wettest since at least a hundred years, I thought of presenting you a sunny yellow image. And maybe, when listening to Erwin Krol’s weather forecast on Dutch television, it’s good to realize that there are areas in the Thar desert of Rajasthan, where this photo was taken, where [...]
Tweet Remember I wrote about our special photo shoot we organized with the mothers, children and other relatives related to Duniya Education, all from poor families living in the same slum area? I am still working on organizing the images in an online archive, where they will be for sale, in support of our work [...]
Tweet At our school Duniya Education, we appreciate students speaking up when something bothers them… So in between classes, you may encounter children discussing school matters next to the bathtub that functions as washing place for hands and lunch plates.
Tweet Recently we organized a real photoshoot with 215 women, children and men, all related to Duniya Education. A few days before the big day, we held a meeting and explained the women (mothers) what our plan was. We wanted to focus on colour, go to the other side of river Ganga (Varanasi, India), [...]
Tweet Happy New Year! Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! Gelukkig Nuwejaar! سنة جديدة سعيدةՇ! նորհավոր Նոր Տարի! Yeni iliniz mübarək! Feliç Any Nou! 新年快樂！Head uut aastat! გილოცავთ ახალ წელს! Ευτυχισμένο το Νέο Έτος! नया साल मुबारक हो! Selamat Tahun Baru! Felice Anno Nuovo! 新年あけましておめでとうございます！גליקלעך נייַ יאָר! 해피 뉴 이어! Sretna Nova godina! Laimīgu Jauno gadu! Среќна Нова Година! [...]
Tweet Just trees, snow, silence. Winter can be so beautiful.
Tweet Often, I receive mails from people asking me ‘how I photograph people’ and ‘what equipment I use’. More important than your camera, I feel, is your communication. No matter if you speak the language, try to communicate and ‘connect’. In this case, I was able to speak Hindi, but when working in Vietnam, for [...]
Tweet NOBODY’S BOY? What do you do when your mother lies in a hospital bed and your father is busy? Right! You muster up your courage, pick up the two small red buckets provided by the hospital staff and you join the queue at the soup kitchen, patiently waiting for your tun to receive the [...]
Tweet He knew that our project focusses on the surgery of handicapped children (Duniya Foudation), but he begged us to help him too: a grown-up man with a severe cleft lip (schisis). He felt so ashamed, life was hard. Then, in his village in the mountains, he heard a voice on the radio telling about [...]
Tweet Plural this time, for I want to show you more than just one photo. We (Dong An, our Hanoi based Vietnamese counterpart, our surgeons and Duniya Foundation) are planning the surgery of another 100 children by the end of November. Preparations are already being made and local health workers try to list and organize [...]
Tweet Two Flower H’Mong (Hmong Lenh) women wait while their children are screened for surgery (see Duniya Foundation). The H’Mong who live in the northern mountainous villages of Vietnam emigrated directly from the Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Guangxi and Yunnan. The traditionally colourful H’Mong skirts are made of an indigo-dyed cloth with decorations made by [...]