4 themes | 20 snaps
| 4 themes |
My photography is all about ...
well, not quite. It’s not about just
one thing. I have many interests and
I’m versatile. I may not be the best
in any of these themes, but their
unique combination is what makes me
tick, as well as the stories I have
to tell about each and every snap.
| 20 snaps |
So here are the four main themes in
my photography, with five of my best
shots each.

Cheers and enjoy...
Five Dutch scenes
Starting around the corner of my home west
of Amsterdam, Spaarnwoude is the rural area
right next to the village where I live. Its
western border is the most photogenic,
which means it’s perfect for sunset.

I took this shot sometime last summer,
ahead of one of the prettiest sunsets of
the year. I love that golden glow that
touches everything on earth just before the
sun decides to hide behind the horizon.

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Slightly further west, Elswout is
one of Haarlem’s lush country
estates rolling out towards the
dunes and the sea. With its curly
paths and ponds, it is definitely
the most fairytale of them all. It
even has a moss-covered hilly
section that can best be described
as Haarlem’s Hobbiton.

I dedicated an entire Steller story
to Elswout, so go ahead and explore!

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Just a few miles away from Elswout, the
Amsterdam water company is maintaining a
vast natural reserve that was created to
secure a steady supply of fresh water to
the Dutch capital, with the dunes acting
as a natural filter. It is now one of
Holland’s most exciting natural areas,
famed for its deer, foxes and

I tracked these deer for close to two
hours, as they trekked across the snowy
hills. All they showed me were their
behinds, but sometimes that’s just
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Just north of Amsterdam, along the
Markermeer lake, lies the quaint village
of Durgerdam. Resting on the dyke
protecting the aptly named Waterland
municipality from what was once an inner
sea openly connected to the North Sea,
the village’s wooden houses are a
reminder of the times when the Dutch
fought the water on a daily basis.

Looking out across the Markermeer on a
very early morning is one of the most
calming treats to any Amsterdam citizen.
East of Amsterdam, you will find one of
Holland’s areas for the well-to-do,
named ‘t Gooi. The towns and villages
here are surrounded by opulent country
estates, woods and heaths. The
Westerheide, situated to the northeast
of Hilversum, is one of ‘t Gooi’s most
glorious heaths.

Setting your alarm clock and arriving
here before dawn is simply the best
start of your day.

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Hilversum’s heaths
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Five European favourites
A vibrant city trying to recover its
former glory, Naples captured my
heart when I visited in 2015. Still
shambolic and disorganised, it is now
brushing up the worst bits, but I
hope that they leave the Spanish
Quarters untouched.

This image went viral all over Italy
and became one of the icons of the
city’s revival. See my story on
Naples for the full lowdown.

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After my first visit in 2017, I couldn’t
believe I hadn’t been to Portugal in all
those years before. We just immediately
clicked. Although in its own very
southern way, the country’s vibe proved
similar to that of Holland - two small
countries with a glorious seafaring past,
a newly found modesty and a very
international outlook.

Its capital Lisbon made me feel at home
instantly, and I could do with many more
nights like these, sipping my wine on one
of the city’s miradouros while listening
to a lady singing the fado, as the
melancholic sound of her voice bounces
off the roofs and terraces.

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I have a teenage crush on Rome and
almost regard it as my second home. I
didn’t think very highly of Italy’s very
industrial and businessy second-largest
city, but I was pleasantly surprised when
I finally paid it a visit preceding work
at the Monza circuit. The city’s
metropolitan vibe is actually quite cool
and there are so many cultural hotspots.

Here’s a shot of the Galleria Vittorio
Emanuele II done differently, its cropped
framing accentuating its stylish

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In 2018, I returned to Prague after an
absence of 33 years. Last time I went, I
was on a school trip and Prague was
still behind the Iron Curtain. So much
has changed! The city is now among
Europe’s most visited cities, and the
only way to avoid the crowd is to get up
before sunrise. I did so on June 21, the
longest day of the year, which meant
getting up at 3.30am.

I took this shot at 6.15am, on a totally
deserted square in the Castle of Prague,
where the only people around were the
cleaning ladies reporting for duty.

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Barcelona is everyone’s favourite, so it
seems, but I was slightly less attracted
to its vibe. There was lots of glitz
around but couldn’t quite grasp the
city’s soul. Leaving its old heart
alone, I went to the top of Montjuïc to
visit the Olympic park around which an
infamously unsafe Formula One street
race was once held.

I was lucky that the sun positioned
itself perfectly behind the Telefónica
telecommunications tower, with the
airplane’s contrail up above adding a
nice touch.
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Five fantastic circuits
As a motor racing journalist and
photographer I specialise in historic
racing - and the jewel in the historic
crown is Goodwood, a circuit purposely
restored to its former sixties glory. Both
racing events at Goodwood - the Revival and
the Members’ Meeting - are literally a
journey back in time. See my story on the
Revival to know why.

I took this panning shot during an
extremely cold 2018 Members’ Meeting. Three
cars running abreast is a rarity, and my
fingers were freezing off! That I still
pulled it off was a personal triumph.

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Monaco is different from any other track in
the world. The street circuit has hosted a
Grand Prix since 1929, and nowhere is the
privilege of being an accredited
photographer greater than here. Cars will
literally storm past just a few feet away,
with only the Armco and fencing separating
you from the actual track. Added to that,
the principality itself offers a brilliant

I took this shot on my way back to the
paddock, having just glanced over my
shoulder to suddenly witness this epic
cityscape at the back of the chicane.

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Silverstone is not quite among my favourite
motorsport accommodations, to put it mildly
- it has no atmosphere and the logistics of
being a photographer are a nightmare. Still,
the Silverstone Classic is great because of
the sheer amount of cars it manages to
attract - and there are always new angles to
be found, no matter how much of a challenge
the circuit puts up.

This shot was taken on the exit of Copse
corner where the track linings and
grandstands offer an abstracted background
if you pan at really low shutter speeds.
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The Ersatz Nürburgring in the German
Eifel mountain area is not as atmospheric
as its old Nordschleife forebearer of
22kms length. However, its ‘new’ pit
garages now date back to the eighties, so
they are starting feel nostalgic by

I love this type of ‘see-through’ paddock
shot, with the reflection on the garage
floor, the garage door lifted up in the
air, and the mechanics doing their thing
with the eighties Formula One car in the
pitlane - the 1981 ex-Carlos Reutemann
Williams FW07C is perfectly in period!
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Ah, my home track... Zandvoort holds a
special place in my heart, as here is where
I learned my trade. I will be at Zandvoort
several times a year, especially for its
Historic Grand Prix event, but also when
shooting needs to be done for a magazine

This Ferrari 156 F1 ‘Sharknose’ was part of
a feature in Octane magazine. Even though I
hired a real photographer to complement my
write-up, I couldn’t resist taking a few
snaps myself of this scarlet beauty as it
sat midway into Scheivlak corner with the
sun setting in the back. Pure bliss.
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Five gorgeous girls
A dear friend for some thirty years now,
Hanneke was the one who turned portrait
shooting into my new passion. As a
gloriously curvy redhead with curls to
spare, she is a model you can’t go wrong
with - perfect for building your
confidence as a portrait photographer.

This shot comes from our very first
mutual shoot back in December 2012, when
we swapped my newly acquired camera
between us. The background is the red
wall in her house that I had painted
myself. The image is almost unedited.
Would you believe that she was 46 at the
The ultimate well-aged girl next-door
(she was 48 in this picture!),
Jeannette is my best mate who just
happens to possess some very female
curves. I confide in her and trust her
with all my secrets, and we can talk
shop hours on end too, as she’s also in
the editing and writing business.

This shot was meant to be a profile
shot for her blog on culinary history,
but we decided against using it.
There’s just too much heat in the
Any sane bloke would develop a schoolboy
crush on 25-year-old Jelisa, who I
consider to be my sister from another
mother. The proverbial natural beauty,
Jelisa simply oozes innocence and girly
charm. And you haven’t even seen her
million-dollar smile! The reason for
that is that I discovered that she has
many ways in which to express herself as
a model, and those include this
heartmelting fragile gaze.

I took this portrait on a hot summer day
in Amsterdam last year - an interior
shot with natural light pouring in from
the building’s glass roof.
Back in 2015, Laura helped me start off
my portraiting activities on Instagram,
and she’s been a go-to model ever since.
Now 36, she still looks as sweet and
youthful as someone who has 15 years to
catch up on her. She’s a talented
photographer herself too, and together
we organise Instagram portraitmeets
where grammers will shoot other ordinary
grammers instead of professional models.

This shot was taken in the parking
facility of the New Luxor Theatre in
Rotterdam, while scouting locations for
another one of those meets.
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My most recent best shot is this play of
lines and curves created in March with the
help of elegant fortysomething Babette,
who as a model has been nothing short of a
revelation to me. She has a certain je-ne-
sais-quoi that flexes between shyness and
sheer cool confidence - and often she
manages to combine both in one shot.

This image was created right in the middle
of a busy Hoog-Catharijne shopping mall
in Utrecht, and that’s right, people were
looking. She couldn’t care less.
Before I leave you, I can’t resist adding
a bonus shot - one that is featuring my
dear wife. Somewhat more than a girl next-
door, she is elegance and grace
personified, and I’m not the only one who
has lauded her ethereal beauty. I seem to
be attracted by women who do not look
their age, but Mariëlle has perfected this
game well into her fifties. Now 55, she
was 51 when I took this.

A simple living-room shot with the
curtains acting as a backdrop, and still
she manages to put soul into the image.

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