I am on Instagram ALL THE TIME. Screen time is a thing nowadays and too much of it is not particularly in line with my moral values. However, work wise it’s the easiest way to catch up with the massive stream of new work from photographers, directors, cinematographers and creatives.
My iPhone. The continuous love/hate saga.
Bhutan, by far. I am a sucker for nature, mountains especially. Also, they rate their GNP in Happiness. Need I say more?
I’d like to think my presumably good taste in photography and film does not reflect my taste in music. Don’t let me near Spotify when I’m at a party.
The first issue of photography magazine Family Portrait. It brings the right dose of warmth, positivity and inspiration.
My forever style icon is Matty Healy from The 1975. His style reflects his moods, art preferences and political views. He refuses to fall into any stereo type. That’s the kind of style and life attitude I wish for myself and the work I help create.
I am a big fan of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. His Seascape series is in its simplicity otherworldly.
The very first start of a project. When the client sends over the brief and they don’t have any particular talent in mind. That’s where the magic happens for me; to find the right director or photographer that is capable of delivering the brief as well as surprising the client with a little extra.
I would be definitely working with kids in the educational field.
Listening. It’s a true art. You don’t connect over talking, you connect over listening. The most successful people I know are the ones that take the time to listen to their clients, talents, crew and coworkers.
The widely praised Apple HomePod by Spike Jonze. Two years old and still a perfect example of an ad in disguise. I love the cross over between branded content, music and entertainment.
A cliché: believe in yourself. Beat the imposter syndrome. Also: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Think big. Take risks.
Next to having produced content around the globe from Amsterdam to Seoul, I feel honoured to have taken part in incredible jury panels of the industry awards. I love discussing and rating the work together with the most talented and experienced folks from the industry. I believe it’s important for our field to go in depth and to keep challenging ourselves to produce original, innovative and effective work, not just work that is aesthetically pleasing. (Last year’s Eurobest jury was an absolute highlight.)
Firstly, I’d like to reconnect with the industry and present myself as not only the go-to person when it comes to film and directors, but also now for photography. Secondly, as impatient as I am, I can’t wait to hit the studio and show the world what the new Czar photographers are capable of.
Images below by Jackson Bowley (winner of a Bronze Lamp at this year's Dutch Creativity Awards in the Next – Talent category), Laila Cohen and Maxime Cardol.
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