Event

La Lutte, Snow and Sand

This Sunday afternoon in June must have been one of the most fascinating of my entire life. I had met Marlijn and her husband the night before and they told me about a documentary they were making about John, a Norwegian wrestler who for a long time had been dreaming of coming to Senegal to play in a wrestling match. Marlijn made his dream come true and was going to film the match the next day. I asked if I could come along and photograph.

Here's an impression of the afternoon. Added to the images you have to imagine an unprecedented noise of drums, cheering people and guys screaming through microphones. It was exciting, interesting and so much fun to see John being thrown into this Senegalese happening that is full of rituals, traditions, dancing and lots of entertainment. The match itself only takes about 4 minutes, but in the end it's all about getting there. 

The finished documentary should be coming out soon, can't wait to see it!

Journée Portes Ouvertes 2014, UHCHR

On 17 September 2014,  the Regional office of UHCHR West Africa opened its doors for the national and international community of workers in the field of human rights in West Africa. The aim of the day was to inform about the work of the UHCHR in the region and focus on how all stakeholders can work together on various issues. I was there to take photographs and shot a promotional video of the day and the work that the office is doing.

When it comes to human rights there's so much to be done in this region. Therefor, it was very inspiring to learn about the initiatives that are being taken, the determination amongst the organisations to improve the human rights of minority groups and to sense the hope for a future where all people have equal opportunities and the freedom to be and express who they are.

Harmattan

I live in a community where people come and go. It's kind of sad, because it involves a lot of goodbyes, heartbreaks and farewells. On the other hand, it is really special to meet so many people who come from a totally different culture, country and background and realise that you have a love for something in common. The best thing to do then is spend your time together and enjoy it to the max.

'Harmattan' is the living embodiment of this transient life. A group of colleagues and friends got together to play their favorite songs and turned into a full blown rockband. They practiced once a week, performed occasionally and had a steady group of groupies. 6 people, all from different countries, who know how to seize the perks of a nomadic life.

I shot these images of the very last concert of Harmattan as we knew it. Two band members have moved on to other continents and are building up their new lives. Thank goodness over the summer new musicians arrived and practice has started again.

Can't wait to got to their next concert!