I cover everything in The Netherlands: sports, fashion, news, portraits and features.
I’m a self-taught photographer, but I learnt the tricks of the trade while working with great colleagues – Acey Harper, John Moran, Bill Wax, Sandy Felsenthal and Erica Berger – for the Independent Florida Alligator, a student newspaper in Florida where I did an exchange program. After that, I went on to get a job as a staff photographer for a local newspaper in the Netherlands.
My first assignment for Reuters came when I was asked to cover the aftermath of an explosion at a fireworks depot in Enschede, a city in The Netherlands. After that, I began working on a regular basis for the agency.
The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was covering the 2010 World Cup. I was following the Dutch soccer team, who made it to the final, and I was assigned to photograph the World Cup trophy being presented to the winners. I was shooting with a massive lens - 800 mm – and the pressure was on. I shot seven images and I came through with flying colors. My picture made it into many publications, I was told.
Covering the World Cup is the assignment that excites me the most. Shooting tennis and other soccer tournaments is the icing on the cake.
I shoot pictures for a general audience: anyone who reads news in the papers, on the computer or on an iPad. I love it when my pictures make it to publication before everyone else’s.
I respect my Reuters colleagues: Eddie Keogh, Kai Pfaffenbach, Goran Tomasevic and so many others…