I started taking photographs age 10 – being the proud owner of a point-and-shoot that I took anywhere I went. Over time this very cherished possession got replaced by first an analogue SLR and in more recent years a digital SLR, but in essence, the feeling I have regarding photography is still the same as when I was 10 years old:
There is a great book by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi called “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”. I discovered this book close to 20 years ago and it has proved exceptionally true in many aspects of my life since. “Flow” is what people customarily describe as ‘the zone’ – that feeling of forgetting everything and everyone around us and of completely ‘zoning’ in on the particular activity we are pursuing. Nothing else seems to matter and we are feeling a very deep sense of enjoyment and fulfillment. Needless to say, this feeling of ‘Flow’ is naturally linked to happiness, and needless to say, this is exactly how I am feeling when taking photos and when reviewing them later.
One can never substitute being somewhere in person to experience a particular place. In my photo-journalistic work I seek to capture aspects of the mood and atmosphere one would take away if there in person.
Photography that captures the people, wildlife and landscapes in their raw form, cannot be taken through a window at a safe distance; it has to be achieved by full immersion into a culture, environment and habitat.
My work covers editorial, documentary, travel and portrait photography. I am also available for corporate and NGO assignments.