I'm having more and more fun with filming documentary topics: it's so nice to experiment in a new field! I made a quick show reel of the (attempts at) documentary filming I've done do far. Enjoy!
This Friday, at the Amsterdamse Boekennacht (Amsterdam Book Night), two Dutch poets will read poems inspired by photos from my book En Masse: How Holland Holidays. I'm very curious to hear what they came up with, and would love it if you'd join and find out with me over a drink.
In Rio de Janeiro I photographed the making of Rio Shock's music video "Moleque Transante" with Safadin Dancy, one of the finest dancers of the Carioca favelas.
Last summer, I started a writing initiative with a group of fellow students at the University of Amsterdam to promote creative writing: the Amsterdam Writers Guild. This has grown into a full-blown organization with workshops, lectures, and reading events. We just released an online publication full of prose and poetry, featuring two of my own stories: one about my experience hunting bears in California, and one about the adventures of a fried egg and a toad. Visit the site for these and many others, as well as info on the organization.
The holidays are over, and I'm jumping head first into 2014. I hope you all have a great year with me!
Finally, I found the perfect recipe for a vegetarian bahn mi! I love these Vietnamese sandwiches, but they are usually very meat-heavy, and most vegetarian versions just don't live up to the original. But the combination of roasted tempeh, red-hot kimchi and meaty pickled mushrooms is bananas, so you're way too busy to miss the meat.
Layer a sandwich roll (don't get high quality, sturdy bread, it should be crunchy but very light) with:
-Sriracha hot sauce
-Fried tempeh slices with a little salt or soy sauce
-Pickled daikon & carrot
Kimchi is a Korean cabbage pickle that's super easy to make yourself. I got my recipe from the Momofuku cookbook (one of my favorites), where I also got the mushroom pickling recipe, which comes down to this: boil dried mushrooms in a mixture of soy sauce and vinegar with sugar to taste until soft. Slice them up and keep them in the cooking liquid. The other pickle is just julienned daikon and carrot in vinegar with sugar and salt. You can use rice, cider, sherry or wine vinegar.
I just graduated and am now the proud holder of a second bachelor degree, in English Language and Culture!
I completed the first one, in photography, in 2007. After a few years, I got the language itch, and decided it was time to go to university and study English: language, literature, culture, linguistics, and academic research. My hunting project had a lot to do with this choice. Hunting culture is too complex to be shown through photography alone, and I completed my studies with a thesis on American hunting culture and literature:
It is centered around the cultural construction of the wilderness experience, and traces the history of the idea from America's first pioneers, back to its roots in Romantic Europe, Medieval Europe, and ancient Greece. It also examines the influence of the frontier myth, the romanticized notion of the pioneer lifestyle. The text culminates in an analysis of modern day hunting literature: Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma and Ted Nugent's cookbook Kill It and Grill It, showing how the constructed image of the Romantic hunter is still at the core of the contemporary hunting experience. For those who are interested, you can download the full thesis here.
Vrij Nederland featured an 8-page article about the deer surplus in the Waterleidingduinen, a nature reserve near Amsterdam. It's a very interesting read on a controversial topic. Forest ranger Jan-Piet showed me around, so I got to see the most beautiful areas of the park to take pictures for the article. I never saw so many deer!
I proudly present my first short documentary, Smoky Mountain Bluegrass. Thanks goes out to Sandor van Veen for editing. Play at high volume, and enjoy!
One of the images I shot at the Abu Dhabi falconry festival will be auctioned off for Habitat for Humanity. Come by for a drink and a bargain!
Volkskrant Magazine published an article with of mine today about youth hunting in the US. I got to write the text for it as well.The shots were taken on my first hunting trip to the Deep South of the US in 2010, but also in Oregon and California on my recent trip.