‘Let me take you past the noise’

After following the rational for a long time, I realized that the world of imagination, emotion and aesthetics is where my true passion and strength lies. Therefore, in 2018, I took a leap and left my lawyer’s career to pursue a creative life as a photographer.

I am always searching for beauty. I want to capture, share and celebrate it. Because beauty comforts, gives hope, inspires. I find it in shapes, compositions and colors; these are my tools to capture the – in my eyes – essence of something. Often ‘less is more’ applies: by leaving out, focusing, it is possible to show the purest and most beautiful version of something, create order from chaos.

For me, beauty goes hand in hand with realness. Only when realness filters through, I am touched. This can be found in an underlying story or emotion, a composition that is just not right, a wandering gaze, humor. Something that itches, a little edge. I am always balancing between styling/shape/aesthetics on the one hand and reality/emotion/story on the other.

I get inspired by the external, physical world around me, but also – maybe even more – by my own imagination. This has to do with my own path, which is about reconnecting with my intuition, peeling off the layers that have come to cover it. Underneath the layers, the masks, the distraction, is where I feel our essence is. This is where true beauty exists. In the essence we are all the same and connected to each other and the world around us. I want to create work around these themes, in which my love for shape, composition and/or color comes back, so that everything comes together.

/ Image by Susanne van Weelden