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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. Now living in Den Haag, the Netherlands. One day, in the fall of 2016 I was walking around town trying out a new lens for an old camera I had. A camera I hadn’t touched in years. I knew nothing about street photography back then, all I knew is that I had to go back and do it again.

Since then capturing and collecting moments from the lives of total strangers became a serious obsession. I can walk the streets with my camera for hours on end and completely lose myself in a meditative and intuitive state of mind. I don’t always like to be around people too much, but for some reason I do when I’m holding a camera. It sort of gives me permission to really look at strangers freely, to connect with them in some weird way. The challenge of finding something meaningful (to me) in the most mundane moments and often having just a split second to fit it perfectly in the frame is really exciting. It’s 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 photographing on the streets (or wherever) I’m also a full-time mother of a five year old son. I probably would not have discovered street photography if it wasn’t for him. He taught me to be curious again and really look at what’s going on around me. To observe with empathy and without judgement.

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

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