Midnight with friends on a beach mid February. My camera took a swim in the ocean, is a poetic way for saying that it fell in the ocean and almost drowned. Midday with friends on a beach mid March. The water was freezing, but my camera was working again. Life’s an adventure, life’s a beach.
Strong women supporting each other. Nikki and Amber have a beautiful friendship and I still think it's wonderful that I got to photograph the two girls, now women, I went to high school with.
I love hanging out with her in museums because she knows a lot about art. We have good discussions about it. She also often finds the most amazing random art books, I think it’s her hidden talent.
We bonded over our love for books and boys in high school. I would often visit her in Amsterdam. We'd watch cooking shows whilst eating our dinner and became disappointed with what we were eating, when we were watching all those amazing dishes being created on the television.
We share the same part of our first name. So it made absolute sense that I would call her Gijsbrecht and she would call me Johannes.
She was the first friend I followed with my camera for longer than just an afternoon. I photographed her for a couple of months. I feel that we became closer because of it.
She’s the most chaotic, organized and determined (all at the same time) person I know and that is one of the reasons why I love her so much. She’s also the first person I watched all the Harry Potter movies with.
There was a time that we used to call each other ex-best-friends and she always got me condolence cards for my birthday. Written with beautiful speeches that were looking back on our life together. She's a good writer, she writes songs. It was a dark sarcastic period of our friendship. One that I fondly look back on.
She's one of the hardest working people I know and I admire her for it. She's also the one I can trust to give me honest feedback.
Summertime with the people who are dear to me. What more could I ask for?
We meet once a year I think, so not as often as we like, but when we do it’s like nothing has changed. We keep in touch through Instagram and other friends.
She’s an amazing dancer. She can dance anywhere.
She’s the founder and designer of Permanent, a sustainable clothing brand.
We used to be in a theatre group together and called each other our favorite member. She's also the first person I went on a rollercoaster with that went upside down.
We talk about men, discuss our own art process and complain about life with each other.
She’s an amazing poet, a good conversationalist and I always lose track of which city she's living in at the moment.