BLUE MOOD (AL MAR) 2021 - ongoing explores the complex emotional landscape of adolescence. It is a tender and poignant portrait of a generation, in which memories are reimagined and reinterpreted. The story is set in a vibrant, surreal world that captures the essence of our collective experiences. Through evocative scenes and imagery, the project reflects on the challenges of growing up, the search for self-acceptance, and the vulnerability of young masculinity.

Drawing on personal memories and the stories of friends and family, Blue Mood (Al Mar) features a cast of characters that evoke a powerful sense of nostalgia. The portraits are often obscured, creating an air of mystery that invites the viewer to imagine their own interpretation of the narrative. This makes Blue Mood (Al Mar) both a private, intimate document and a universal story. Along with these portraits, the work also includes vivid scenes that serve as touchstones to our shared memory. These scenes capture the beauty and melancholy of everyday life, from the silhouette of a cross on a fence to a crimson wall with blooming flowers.

Work from this project has been selected for the Palm* Photo Prize 2022, exhibited at 1014 Gallery in London, UK and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. In 2022 the series was presented at Unseen with Galerie Ron Mandos. Blue Mood (Al Mar) has been featured in i-D, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, HERO Magazine, and other (inter)national magazines.

Come Home 2019-2021 is a visual essay that delves deep into the complexities of the human condition, exploring themes of love, intimacy, and personal growth with a tender and empathetic gaze. Through a series of powerful portraits, sun-drenched stills, and sultry details, I capture the raw emotions and visceral experiences of five protagonists: Jens, Derrick, Chris, Tjeerd, and Tim, each grappling with their own notions of masculinity and sharing their stories of love and intimacy with unflinching honesty.

Recalled moments from my childhood in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen are woven throughout the project, merging seamlessly with the stories of the five protagonists. Through these symbol-filled scenes, the project invites viewers on a journey of self-discovery and emotional awakening, connecting us with the universal desire for human connection and the transformative power of emotional expression. With its raw honesty, poetic imagery, and nuanced exploration of the human psyche, Come Home explores the boundaries of visual storytelling. 

This project has been nominated for Best of Graduates 2021 by Galerie Ron Mandos, won the RM Photo Award and selected photos have been nominated for Rabobank Portrait Prize Talent. This project led to a selection for Rising Stars 2022 by NRC and has been covered in international magazines.