Hello, I'm Roeland
I was born in 1978, growing up in the years that grunge, punk and indie came to live. I guess that explains a certain 'rebel, rebel'-feel in my pictures.
The exploration of the faraway and the experience of the clash and (even more so) the togetherness of cultures has greatly influenced me and my outlook on life.
My work is all about connection, emotion, authenticity and equality. I love to document the stories of creative and adventurous off-beat people, organizations and projects.
As 1 picture says more than a thousand words, I document the live of people who are challenged along their way. Karen refugees along the Thai/Myanmar Border, Cambodian street kids, poor families working for a better future....
"Most of us know the feeling of being moved by a work of art, whether it is a song, a play, a poem, a novel or a painting. When we are touched, we are moved." (Olafur Eliasson)
That is exactly why I love to photograph "artistry" as well. Art helps us identify with one another and expands our notion of we - from the local to the global.
Some fun facts
I worked as an sound engineer during live shows. I loved 'operating in the shadow' during concerts. Unfortunately, my hearing got worse and I had to quit doing 'sound'. Ever since, as my ears don't work, I focus on visuals.
Outdoor is my habitat. Although I love to work and play in nature, I don't like to photograph nature. There needs to be a human in my frame.
Our cats and dog are all adopted. Along the way, they came across, and we consider this as they were ment to be with our family.
My kids tell me I'm the best pancake-chef.
As from 2020, my wife and I decided that, every year, we should go somewhere we have never been before and do something we've never done before. This year, I'll be having my first indoor skydive session.
I'm founder of a Charity organization 'Doenkers', supporting educational projects in Burkina Faso, Cambodia and Thailand.