(The text of this book is in Dutch!)
In 2006 I visited East-Greenland. I went for the scenery, the mountains, the glaciers, but was mostly touched by the people of Tasiilaq. People who where forced into our western culture. My first impression about those people was completely wrong. An icident during an excursion opened my eyes. A converstation I had with Robert Peroni, owner of the Red House in Tasiilaq made it clear for me. I had to write this story... "Why Greenland..."
In 2006 bezocht ik Oost Groenland. Ik ging voor de landschappen, de bergen de gletsjers, maar ik werd voornamelijk geraakt door de inwoners van Tasiilaq. Een hele bevolkingsgroep die de westerse cultuur in geduwd werd. Mijn eerste indruk van deze mensen was totaal verkeerd. Een incident tijdens een excursie opende mijn ogen. Een gesprek dat ik had met Robert Peroni, eigenaar van pension "The Red House" maakte het duidelijk. Ik moest dit verhaal schrijven.
Being a photographer is more then just a job. It's a passion. With my pictures I hope to touch people. My career as a photographer began 25 years ago when I had my first camera. In those days it was more a hobby. In 2000 I had to make a career switch. It was then when I decided that photography was going to be my next career. I visited a collega to be a professionall photographer. In 2004 I ended my study and was allowed to call myself a professional photographer, specialized in portret en reporting photography. In 2006 we started a group of documentary photographers. The main goal of this group was to inspire and support each other with our projects. My first project was about Greenland. This book was a turning point in my career. It made me realise what was realy important to me. Not only touching people with my images, but also sharing a story. Thank you for visiting my profile! My next book is going to be about Iceland!