I started taking photos when I was travelling through South and Central America. On my 21st birthday I got a camera, which made me take photography more seriously. However, at the time I was still busy with European Studies, so I didn’t really focus on it that much. I did consider studying at the Fotovakschool in Amsterdam, but I wasn’t really interested in the technical side of photography. I just wanted to capture interesting people around me —did I really need to study for that? I want to tell a story visually, from my point of view. With an interest in people and cultures, I decided to study Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of the Non-Western Society. One of the subjects I chose was Visual Anthropology, where it's all about documenting cultures and people through film and video. Finally I could combine my interest in people and photography by capturing them with my camera. After Amsterdam, I went to Australia to develop my creativity. I ended up doing a very intensive study of graphic design at the Shillington College of Melbourne. I remember listening to a very inspiring Polish/American photographer once at a design event that we attended. Her photos and stories were amazing; she captured life around her with this tiny analogue camera that she always carried with her. I wanted to be her, I wanted to capture life just like she did, I wanted to inspire others by shooting people and their cultures with a little camera —that was my dream! Convinced and excited as I was, I walked up to her after her talk to ask what camera she used. The next day I bought this little friend, the day after that my photography style was born and a year later I had my first exhibition.