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I was born in 1983 in Muscat Oman and raised all over the world. In too many places to list here. I've settled down now in Den Haag, the Netherlands. In the fall of 2016 I discovered street photography rather out of the blue as I was walking around town trying out a new lens for an old camera I had. A passion was born that day.

Capturing and collecting moments from the lives of total strangers became quite an obsession. I can walk the streets with my camera for hours on end and completely lose myself in a meditative and intuitive state of being. I don’t normally like to be around people too much, but for some reason it’s as if holding a camera gives permission to really look at strangers freely, to connect with them secretly. The challenge of finding something beautiful in the most mundane moments and often having just a split second to fit it perfectly in the frame is really exciting. It’s all about visual exploration and responding to the unexpected; I love not knowing what will present itself or with what images I will come home with.

Besides from being a street photographer I’m also a full-time mother of a five year old son. I don’t think I would have discovered street photography if it wasn’t for him. He taught me to look and marvel with new eyes and curiosity at ordinary things in life. To observe with empathy and without judgement. The intention behind my work is to show something that is authentic, that wasn’t planned or staged or forced, but real moments in people’s lives. Something we can identify with.

Awards

  • Winner Ed van der Elsken Photo competition 2017- Stedelijk museum

  • Winner 'Street Photography International Awards 2017'

  • Winner 'Los Angeles Center of Photography Street Awards 2018'

  • NRC Fotowedstrijd winnaar Mei 2018 - thema "Focus"

Exhibitions

  • 23.01.2018 - 03.02.2018
    Solo Exhibition Art Bermondsey Project Space as the winner of Spi Awards, London.

  • 16.02.2018 - 16.03.2018
    Street Shooting Around the World Exhibition at The Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles.

  • 11.05.2018 -24.05.2018
    Group Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens

  • 18.05.2018 - 20.05.2018
    Group Exhibition Street Sans Frontiers, Espace des Arts Sans Frontières, Paris.

  • Coming soon! 07.02.2019 - 10.02.2019
    Exhibition at photography fair Haute Photographie, Rotterdam

Publications

  • 13.01.2018
    Volkskrant - Rubriek 'Smaak'

  • 28.04.2018
    NRC Weekend

  • Coming soon!
    Publication in the NEW 2019 - An annual book series celebrating the 100 best emerging Dutch photographers of the year.