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I was born in 1983 in Muscat Oman and raised all over the world as a child of expats. Now living in Den Haag, the Netherlands. I discovered street photography by chance in the fall of 2016 as 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 little to nothing about street photography back then, all I knew is that I had to go back and do it again. Since then, not a single week has gone by that I haven't been out on the streets photographing.

Capturing and collecting moments from the lives of total strangers has become quite an obsession. I can walk the streets with my camera for hours on end and completely lose myself in some sort of meditative and intuitive state of mind. The challenge of finding something interesting (to me) in the most mundane moments and often having just a split second to fit it perfectly in the frame is really exciting. I love not knowing what will present itself or with what images I will come home with.

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Nominations and Prizes

2017 Winner Ed van der Elsken Photo competition - Stedelijk museum (NL)
2017 Winner Street Photography International Awards (UK)
2018 Winner Los Angeles Center of Photography Street Awards (USA)
2018 Winner NRC Fotowedstrijd Mei - theme "Focus" (NL)

Group Exhibitions

2018 Art Bermondsey Project Space as the winner of Spi Awards, London (UK)
2018 Street Shooting Around the World Exhibition, Los Angeles (USA).
2018 Blank Wall Gallery, Athens (GR)
2018 Street Sans Frontiers, Espace des Arts Sans Frontières, Paris (FR)
2019 Haute Photographie Fair, Rotterdam (NL)
2019 Women in Street Exhibition at Street Foto San Francisco (USA)

Publications Print

2018 Volkskrant - Column: 'Smaak' (NL)
2018 NRC Weekend (NL)
2018 GUP New Photography Talent 2018 (NL)
2019 De Morgen - Column: ‘Beeldenstorm’ (BE)
2019 Focus Magazine - portfolio and interview (NL)
2019 SHUTR Magazine - Portfolio and interview (NL)

Publications Online

2018 Kronkeling.nl (NL)
2019 Vice.com (NL)
2019 Polka Magazine (FR)
2019 Streatrepeat.org