Portfolio Landscapes One of my biggest efforts for an image. I hitchhiked 200km, hiked 20km and camped at a wild spot to shoot at 4am. When you hike the mountains in the lower Himalayas in winter, you will definitely be happy to see the sun rise. For the beautiful light, but even more for the warmth it provides to your skin. Finally, I reached Pangong Tso on a motorbike after a long trip full of efforts. I just made it shortly before sunset. This is how it looks like to drive from Kargil to Leh and being lucky with the weather. Crouching on the sand of the desert for one hour, just to capture a camel at the right spot has been an unique effort of mine so far. A Day in the Slum A plastic collector on the bunring mountain. Two children washing dishes at a lake full of trash. Kids are playing at the local playground. The children of the community have to be very strong to grow up at a place like this. Their friendship ties are thus very special and close. This man asked me to sit with him. So we talked for a little while, before I asked him if i could take his picture. A butcher preparing the food for a marriage. Pork is very common in the Safaigarmchari Community. A man relaxing under his makeshift pavillion. “Of course, take as many pictures as you want.” The peoples playground is located right next to a smaller trash hill. The smell and view is completely incorporated into their everyday life. Ideas of masculinity A child climbing the mountain to collect plastic. Children and women searching for plastic on the mountain of trash. Work on the trash mountain. Chilling at a friends place. The house is mostly made out of bamboo sticks and the roof is so low, that I have to take care not to be beheaded by the fan. This man actually had some dust in the eye and asked me to take a picture of that. A father with his son, looking at the trash mountains. Sometimes a staged image shows a lot of character. The entry of the house of my friend. The building has been a ruin, before the community-people reinhabited them a few decades back. People Meisiekind. This portrait of Marleen has been published in a book about the diversity of Afrikaans speaking people in South Africa. Marleen is also a co-author of this blog Dadi. I had the pleasure to photograph this grandmother of a close family of mine. A few weeks after that, she passed away. She lived for more than 100 years. May she rest in peace. Dadi’s hands. Sometimes it is not only the face, who tells the story of a lifetime. One of my earliest shots and still one of my favourites. It has been taken on a market in Lahore, Pakistan.