Tapping into the passion of the beholder
It is all about passion for the medium photography, passion for the subject, and the passion to share.
I do not really have a favorite subject. As long as the subject opens up certain emotions for that subject and I am able to translate those emotions to an image for the enjoyment of others, I am happy. I have been taking pictures ever since my parents gave me my first camera during a family vacation in Germany. I was 6 or 7 years old and the camera was a Kodak Instamatic. I still have it.
I grew up in a small town near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I am married to a girl from Miami and I moved to Miami in 1989. In the early nineties I was a full time professional photographer. In those days, I did mainly products for catalogs for Deltone clock radio’s etc., Avanti small appliances and several importers of fancy perfumes and colognes. When Hurricane Andrew came along, it destroyed about 90% of everything we owned and forced us to move to Palm Beach where I had several government jobs in small business assistance. During this time, I photographed mainly landscapes with a big old large wooden camera, Ansel Adams style.
In 2005, my wife and I moved back to Miami where I picked up my career that was so brutally interrupted by hurricane Andrew. I still do small business assistance, but since the digital era, the majority of my income is from photography, mainly fine art, nature and wildlife, agriculture, weddings, portraits and commercial photography.
My work is literally sold all over world to book publishers, web designers, ad agencies, and government agencies to name a few, Including some National Geographic books.
I was honored with several solo art shows in South Florida and in Europe, called “Beyond the obvious” and simply called “Wood”.