Mid/Late 2015: Hustling around the world
I've learned a million things in all these years. Now it's time for me to empower you and your fine art street photography journey!
It almost cost me my life twice to live for fine art street photography. I literally went through hell and back for it over and over again - so you don't have to.
Eye, Heart & Soul is the label I wish I had when I started out. That's why I will fight for you day in and day out to tear down all the walls on your fine art street photography journey!
After countless days of fighting for my fine art street photography, I got the recognition I always worked for.
At another contest in Dubai, they loved my artwork MAXIMINIMAL so much that they hired a painter to honor it. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it:
As much as I love Amsterdam, it's a rather expensive place to live. In order to save money and produce fine art street photos, I left Amsterdam.
Since I didn't own anything besides a carry on and a camera backpack, I was free as a bird.
But before I took off, I met Steve Mc Curry in Amsterdam that year!
In 2015 I hustled around the world as a nomad between Amsterdam, Portugal, Turkey, England, Germany and South-East Asia. To push my street photography further and keep expenses low, I spent almost two months in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Although I was really struggling to get by, I felt like I was on top of the world. On a sightseeing tour in Amsterdam, I skyrocketed to heaven when I met my American muse Saskia. She was from Miami and just spent a few days in Amsterdam for business.
As crazy as the distance between Miami and Amsterdam was, we just fell for each other! In order to be with her, I spent as much time as possible with her in Miami. She inspired and pushed me like no other!
I always loved the United States for their incredibly positive mindset when it comes to believing in yourself and chasing your dream.
That's why to this day, the US feels like my second home!
In 2015, I also published the first limited issue of my very own fine art photography magazine. We spent months curating the best fine art photographers around the world, designing the layout and optimizing the print quality.
I couldn't believe it, when we sold out the first issue to art collector's and fine art lovers from all over the world. Design giant Adobe called it a "World-Class Fine Art Photography Magazine"!
As exciting as it sounds to constantly travel around the world, it really takes a toll on you after a while.
I experienced so many different things that I didn't see the forest for the trees anymore at the end of the year.
Working 24/7 to push my fine art street photography exhausted me endlessly. The constant jet lag and lack of routine flared up my anxiety and depression again.
When we decided to break up at the end of the year, I drowned again. At the time, the world was literally my home - till it caved in...