I am an amateur photographer that experiences most fun in animal, portrait, nature and street photography. In my daily life I am a communications advisor with a strong personal interest in sustainable development and the relationship between environmental issues, economic growth and social interests.

 

I still remember vividly how I got to know photography as a child. I admired the analogue Olympus XA2 my mom had, and I was allowed to occasionally operate her camera. Not too much, because you had to be thrifty with the film roll. I turned out to have an eye for photography, I remember the compliments I received when the film roll was processed, for the photos I had taken. So as a child I started to practice with disposable cameras. At a certain moment I discovered my parents also had a Polaroid camera, so I played with that too, which was great fun although those film cassettes were even more expensive. So at one point I received a "real" photo camera for my birthday. From that day on, film rolls were on my wish list every year, and my pocket money was mainly spent on the processing of the film rolls. During high school time I forgot about photography for a while, only to rediscover it some years later on, when I was studying. Again, I received a camera as a present, this time a small and straightforward digital, compact camera. For a while, this small thing was always in my bag. I took it with me when my friends and I went out, and I was always the one who took the pictures during memorable occasions. After a while, my boyfriend at the time thought I should take it more seriously and gave me a DSLR as a gift: a Nikon D3000. Then, I experienced the Dunning-Kruger effect first hand: although I knew I was inexperienced, I now had a camera that would automatically produce the most beautiful photos. Or so I thought. That confidence quickly disappeared as I tried to understand the camera without any knowledge of photography, and I realized there was a lot more I hadn't yet mastered. So now it was time for a more serious approach. I took a photography course, and though I was still an amateur, I was asked to shoot some events like a charity meeting and a wedding dinner. As I did more with the camera, I started to master the device, but it bothered me that the camera and the accompanying gear proved to be too heavy. I always had to choose which lenses I should take on holidays. And then I met my current boyfriend, now my fiancé. I saw him taking enviously beautiful pictures with a completely different (mirrorless) camera, which was much smaller and more convenient. I was impressed by the pictures he took with this considerably smaller camera. In 2015, he exchanged this Olympus PEN E-P2 for an Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. We were about to go on holiday, and I didn't know how I could take all my camera equipment with me, so I decided to switch to the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II as well. I sold my Nikon and took the significantly smaller gear with me on our trip. Such a different experience! After a year, I exchanged this model for an Olympus OM-D E-M1, and not too much later, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, which has since joined me on many new adventures.

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  • JoinedJanuary 2013
  • Current cityUtrecht
  • CountryThe Netherlands

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