Born mid 1963 as the eldest of two brothers, I discovered my love for music and photography at a fairly early age.
I started playing guitar when I was about 10 years old and started playing in bands at age 15. The (electric) guitar was my main instrument, but I also played drums, bass guitar, and some keyboards.
At age 18 I purchased my first camera, a RevueFlex AC-2 (licensed Chinon) SLR camera with a 50mm and 200mm prime. Inspired by concert photographs in album artwork and music magazines by Fin Costello, Ross Halfin and Robert Ellis I started taking my camera to the occasional concert that I visited. Not knowing how to market my ‘work’ (remember, there was no internet back then) and with the advent of metal detectors at venue entrances, this hobby slowly ended.
From my mid 20’s to mid 40’s music and photography took a back seat to my career as an IT specialist and building a home and family. A traumatic divorce in 2007 caused me to reflect on the choices I’d made in life and I realized that I had seriously neglected my passion for music and photography. I also noticed that the metal detectors at concert venues had disappeared, which gave me the opportunity to revitalize my old hobby and take my (digital) SLR to concerts again. Just for the fun of it.
Through the ‘magic’ of Facebook the management of the band Flying Colors contacted me about some photos that I’d secretly shot during their filmed performance at 013 in Tilburg (in September 2012) and uploaded to my profile. Eventually one of these photos ended up in the artwork of Flying Colors’ live-cd / dvd / blu-ray “Live in Europe” (2013) and some others found their way into their press kit.
This publication paved the way and enabled me to formally photograph some great musicians and artists live in concert over the past few years. Whenever possible, I try to work directly for the artists or their management, but keep an open mind about shooting for magazine, webzines and blogs if the opportunity arises.
In 2015 Flying Colors released their second live album, “Second Flight: Live at the Z7”, and this time around all photos in the artwork except for the front of the album cover were shot by me.
I’m currently a member of the Doornroosje photo crew, occasionally photograph live performances for ConcertCamera, Greenhouse Talent, Background Magazine, and will try to acquire a photo pass for bands that I really like when their in the neighborhood.
You can reach me through the Contact page for assignments or for licensing photos.