10.000km through America on a motorbike
I started in photography convinced that it was something that was ‘mine’, something that nobody else had anything to do with. Once I had discovered that photography was the only way I could make my curiosity and anxiety coexist it became a vessel, a means of transferring focus from me to the other person. Literally and metaphorically. At the same time it gave me a voice; I could decide who was worthy of being seen.
The unprejudiced eye I used to have is fading. And that is a waste. It is a challenge to keep an unprejudiced view while the expectations of others (and myself) keep growing. A challenge that I never saw coming, but one that is interesting nonetheless. Because how do I get back to the core? I decided to do it this way: in May and June of 2015 I will ride 10.000km through America on a motorbike (more specifically: a beautiful Harley) to shoot portraits of those who I think need to be seen, without someone interfering. A tour of the US to trigger my eye again.
The portraits I will shoot on the road will be exhibited at The Hague Museum of Photography next year, when my first book will be published as well. Besides that my road trip will most likely be documented by praised filmmaker Simone de Vries (known for her documentaries on Erik Kessels and Rutger Hauer).