During my visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh in April of 2017 I was astonished by its colorfulness.
My translator, Maleeha Hafiz, showed me around her university campus and it was amazing to see the diversity in clothes and colors. I decided to make a reportage of what the students girls wear and why.
In March/April 2017 I travelled to Bangladesh to make several photo reportages.
One of the things that amazed me were the man with orange beards that I saw on the street.
I decided to walk through Old Dhaka and ask every single man with an orange beard if I could take a picture of him.
When I asked why they dyed their hair, most said because of Prophet Muhammed. Who is believed to have dyed his hair with henna as well. And some said as a first reason because they think it’s beautiful.
Islam is the largest religion in Bangladesh. 90% of the population is Muslim. And although I have traveled to other Muslim countries I have never seen men who dyed their beards with henna. It made the already colorful streets of Old Dhaka even more colorful.
With big thanks to Maleeha Hafiz for being my translator in Dhaka.
Right now you can see my exhibition ‘Hide and Seek’ at FOCUS in Arnhem. FOCUS is a cosy arthouse theatre in the heart of Arnhem with very nice movies in a beautiful historical building. 12 January – 9 March 2017
My series ‘Hide and Seek’ is now on show at cafe Kopi Susu. It’s a cultural cafe around the corner of my house in Utrecht. Where you can enjoy nice coffee, Portuguese tapas and Indonesian snacks. The exhibition is up until January 4th 2017.
I have photographed about 20 people with a leaf in front of their face and worked with double exposure. Although I shot the images with my digital camera, I work in a analogue way, so I don’t use photoshop to create illusions. That’s all done with the camera 🙂
Kopi Susu, J.P. Coenstraat 69, 3531 EP Utrecht
There was an article in the dutch newspaper ‘Algemeen Dagblad/Utrechts Nieuwsblad’ about the exhibition. 😀
This series I photographed for Draagbaar. They have a hairsalon and conceptstore in Amsterdam-East.
The idea for this series is androgeny: nice bowlcuts and crisp white shirts.
With this series we participated with the Coiffure Awards 2016!
If you would like to see the pics bigger, go visit Draagbaar at Sumatrastraat 54 in Amsterdam!
I started out the Urban Yogi Project in 2014 for my big love: YOGA!
It’s about looking for quietness in a life that is so full of movement, thoughts, chaos, dreams, hopes, desires.
The series below are shot in Lisboa, Portugal with local yoga lovers.