Women Connected

Thousand women in a theaterplay

Last week I portrayed power women who participate in the play Stille Heldinnen Disco XL. Where certainly a thousand (but preferably even more) women participate! The Rotterdam neighborhood theater makes theater performances with, by and for people from social groups who do not naturally come into contact with theater.

One of the projects is: Women Connected. Women from different countries, but living in Rotterdam, tell their story in theater performances.
On International Women’s Day 2019, the Stille Heldinnen Disco XL is the result. A wonderful initiative in which more than a thousand women will play!

Actress during the Silent Heroines disco heroines theater play.
Actress during the Silent Heroines disco theater play.


As a female portrait photographer I participate in my own way. This week I photograph the portraits used for the campaign.

Really enjoying being able to get these women, sometimes with some hesitation, in front of my lens. Encouraged by their fellow players, they steal the show and then my heart. Through traditional dances, beautiful clothing, and cultural traditions, each portrait is unique and each person tells her own story

If you also want a spontaneous portrait photo for your company, please  contact me!

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Portrait of the Organ tuner

The Rotterdam UitAgenda of December is published. I create a monthly column where I portray a co-facilitator of the art and culture scene. This  edition I took a portrait of  the soundchecker of the Organ.

On an early saturday morning I grabbed my gear and biked to the Laurens Church. There I met Johan. Johan was a bit surly and didn’t tell much about what he was going to do. He putted down a ladder, climed up to the pipes and went on working. Leaving me a bit lost behind.

Moments later he needed some help and asked me to take a seat behind the organ. He asked me to press certain pedals and keys. Although this was quite an experience, I still hadn’t taken a single photo. After I had helped him, I was given 10 seconds to take a picture of him. It really became 1 click, 1 photo.

This made the shoot quite a challenge and a good laugh later on. But hey, the result is no less.

You can read the full article over here on page 20 & 21 of the Rotterdam UitAgenda.

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Coverphoto IDFA Daily

Last month I worked for IDFA (Internationaal Documentaire Film Festival) in Amsterdam. During the festival I photographed Esther Utjiua Muinjangue die de hoofdrol speelde in Skulls, of my people.

The photo became the cover of the IDFA Newspaper!

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My contribution photo for De Kracht van Rotterdam

Incredible massive extremely big! There he is, my contribution for the photography competition De Kracht van Rotterdam. This is where I work for: Rule the world with awsome portrait photo’s! #proud.

Next few months you can see my selected image in real life at the Becramming 90, in Rotterdam Overschie. If this is not enough you can also see it at the subway hall at the Wilhelminaplein and also at the Willemsplein next to the Spido.


Portrait of Jos Maessen – Goverment Amsterdam

Portrait of Jos Maessen for the cityhall in Amsterdam. Commissioned by NVVB. Amsterdam is working really hard to make gender neutral forms. The NVVB is writing this article so other city’s could follow the example of Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam, 20 September 2016. Portret van Jos Maassens voor gemeentehuis Amsterdam in opdracht voor NVVB. photographer: Joke Schut