"MY PLACE"  A series of photographs about a mixture of people in the Boston area in front of their houses. 

Salvador, 57 years, with his grandson. Working at the laundry nearby. 

This is Amanda, a 29 years old massage therapist. Her husband is working 7 days a week, while she 's taking care of their little child and dog Lola. I met her when she was doing the grass with the the lawn mower. She was willing to pose for a while after refreshing herself for a few minutes.

William, 64 years old, worked in a bakery when he was still young. Because of mental problems he was not able to work anymore. His favourite place to stay is in front of his house, "cause where else can I go?"

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This is Alan, 84 years, a former machine repairer. Now he's already retired for a long time, because of the problems with his knees. Living with his son and helping him with his motor racing bike to solve the mechanical problems.

Ed Hyde, 53, musician and comic writer. For paying the bills, he works in the maintenance.

Armando just became 89 years old. I met this Italian man while he was sleeping in his white chair, When I was in doubt to make a picture of him, he woke up. We had a little chat. The man worked his whole life as a bricklayer and is now enjoying his pension.

George is the proud man in front of his house in Somerville. This friendly man is originally from Portugal, but lives already for 54 years in the US. No Portugese flag, this would make things a bit complicated. He apologized for the shape of his garden. For me actually it looked quiet allright. Doing the maintenance at the Boston University for already more then 30 years. Still another 5 years to go, he wishes this would be much shorter!

This is Eric.....was willing to pose for a few minutes, but didn't want to give any further details about his life.  He only told me he likes to draw. He gave me a little sketch.

Don, 64 years old, administrator at a Behavior Health Clinic. He has been wearing a scarf bandage for his arm for a few months cause he was injured by an accident. Today was the first time he could use both of his arms again.

Barbara, a 74 years old woman mowing the grass. She was feeling a bit uncomfortable to go on the picture, but at the end she liked it. Always she has been working as an administrator for a cancer institute. She is wearing the sunglasses on the photo cause she has been operated from skin cancer near her eye. A very positive person and grateful because she is still healthy.

Blanca just came back from her work from the laundry. Everyday starting at 6. Although she was rather tired, she had still the energy to pose for a couple of minutes. Living with her sisters and children in 1 house. We were talking Spanish. I liked the red shirt against the white house and of course her tattoo.

When I just arrived at my destination in the Somerville area of Boston, I met Moses a programmer of 41 years old. This young man told me he bought the house a few weeks ago. While I was just coming back from the country with the big houses and their huge gardens, I was impressed the way he was taking care of his tiny little garden. 

 

MARCEL HENSEMA

A portrait of Marcel Hensema. This dutch actor has played in films like Hollands Hoop, The Marathon, Cops vs killer, Simon, Sonny boy and many other movies. Soon he starts with a new project, a role in the movie Tokyo Trial. His one-man show 'Mijn Ede' will be shown the 12th of september in Carré Amsterdam..

"5x DOC PREVIEW"

A short mix of 5 documentaries I have been working on the last 2 years (03.30 min).
1) "Hoger dan de toppen en dieper dan de wortels"  A short film featuring a 65 year old Dutch artist from The Hague. A man who lives a very intensive life. The combination of the type of art he creates and his extrovert character makes him quite a special, if not to say controversial figure. In this documentary his son tries to analyze his relationship with his father.
2) “A film about Menno”   Menno is a Dutch former air-brush artist who moved to Spain some 6 years ago. He lives a rather isolated life, without hardly any money, being the caretaker of a farm surrounded by raptors, horses, two dogs and some chickens.
3) “A short film about Frank”  is a portrait of Frank and his way of life. Frank is a former sportsman struggling to survive with his disease. Accompanied by the beautiful song “This is the thing” performed by the band Fink, this short film has resulted in an intimate piece of work.
4) “Geen sympathiek figuur”  For a period of six months I followed my parents with my camera. After a marriage of 52 years, this last part of their life together shows the thin border between love and frustration. The film features a relationship that is rudely disturbed by Alzheimer's disease. As a former vicar, my father had always been a good public performer and had an important role to play in his community. One of his responsibilities was visiting and consulting the physically and mentally ill. During this last period of his life, he found himself on the other side of the line, when Alzheimer's made him a dependent man. My mother struggled to deal with this change of roles and character, requiring a lot of patience and care from her. The film shows an emotional balance between the weight this disease put on their lives and a certain amount of humor that remained to the very end.
5) “Oma Nel”   A short film about 92 year old Oma Nel. Her whole life she has lived in the same house, where she still lives independently,  with a little support. Every day people visit her for a coffee, being a very positive and active person, though she's had to face harsh times during her long and eventful life.
 
 

'OUR GRID / GROWING BETWEEN THE LINES'

 

In opdracht van het Stadsarchief van de gemeente Amsterdam maak ik een fotodocumentaire over de explosief groeiende groep jongeren op het Amsterdamse IJburg. De onzekere leeftijdsfase van deze groep afgezet tegen de gestructureerde en ordentelijke achtergrond van strakke lijnen, staat als thema centraal in deze serie. (In progress)

 

DOCUMENTARY PIET PEERE

 

For months I’m working on a film documentary about the flemish painter and sculptor Piet Peere. This film shows his passionate way of working and the incredible amount of works he has made. (.....still in progress)

DOCUMENTAIRE FOTO-OPDRACHTEN 2015 TOEGEKEND

 

http://www.amsterdamsfondsvoordekunst.nl/over-afk/nieuws/documentaire-foto-opdrachten-2015-toegekend/

Wijnande Deroo, Marc Faasse en Jaap van den Beukel
In april riepen het Stadsarchief en het Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst op tot het indienen van voorstellen voor de jaarlijkse Documentaire Foto-Opdrachten. Er kwamen 91 plannen binnen die vervolgens aan de ‘commissie documentaire foto-opdrachten’ werden voorgelegd. De commissieleden (Gustaaf Peek (AFK), Thijs Wolzak (fotograaf ), Ineke Teijmant (stadssociologe UvA), Anneke van Veen (Stadsarchief) en Ellen Grabowsky (Stadsarchief) ) vonden elf ideeën verrassend en interessant genoeg om de fotografen om een nadere toelichting te vragen. Drie van die plannen werden uiteindelijk gehonoreerd met een opdracht:

Wijanda Deroo, Nieuwe hotels in bestaande gebouwen
Marc Faasse, Toeristen in Amsterdam
Jaap van den Beukel, Our Grid

"HOGER DAN DE TOPPEN EN DIEPER DAN DE WORTELS"

Deze documentaire gaat over een Haagsche kunstenaar die de afgelopen twaalf jaar lijdt aan het Tourette syndroom. Hij is uniek, intens, dominant , sterke mening, een hoop boosheid en tegelijkertijd een emotioneel mens. Achter zijn Tourette schuilt een zeer gevoelig, creatief en getalenteerd man. In deze film gaat zijn zoon op zoek gaan naar de man achter de Tourette, de man die zijn vader zijn vader maakt. 

Op het FIN! FESTIVAL 2015 op 8 Juli is de eerste en enige sneak preview te zien van deze documentaire in de maak. 

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A FILM ABOUT GRANDMA NEL

A movie about 91 years old grandma Nel.  her whole life  she has lived at the same place. with some help she is still able to live her life. in her own house. Everyday people are visiting her for a coffee and a few times a week she prepares a hot meal for her son at lunch time. Oma Nel is quite a positive person, Although she had a some really difficult times in her personal life, grandma nel is quite a positive person. 

PROJECT "ALSOCIETY"

"AlSociety"  is a series of portraits I am working on now. All portraits are of people who can't participate completely in ordinary society. They are currently out of a job because of temporary mental and physical issues. Each has their own room or apartment in the same building. Under supervision and with guidance, they try to make a living and form a small, peculiar community.

Their faces show signs of their individual pasts. Their personal stories are often amazing and sometimes even hard to believe. But in any case, circumstance has forced them into dependency and now they are accompanied by an institute that helps them on their unique walks of life.

Project "City-me" Dublin /  ALISTAN MUNROE

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A portrait of Alistan Munroe in Francis street Dublin. Alistan was passing by and I asked him to pose for a little while. I liked the way he looked, his creme colored shirt, which looked quite similar to the background. The soft orange chair worked as a dissonant. The combination of graffiti, the sculpture of Maria and the crucifix in the background made this place feel a bit surrealistic. Alistan is a necktie designer, a nice contrast compared to his casual appearance.  

www.munroes.net