I was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to Toronto in 2012. My background is painting, abstracts, and mixed media. At the art academy where I studied, I was also able to take photography classes. My world is purely visual. Wherever I am, I look around me and see possible pictures. I let myself lead by mood, colours, light, shapes. I work either “pure” so hardly reworked or I work in layers, like I build up my mixed media paintings.
I started with iPhoneography 3 years ago. My iPhone work really got noticed in 2011. The big break came when I was invited to participate in Eyephoneography #2 in Madrid May 2011. Ten of my pieces where shown in Madrid with 3 other iPhoneographers.
That was was followed by the Atlanta Celebrates Photography Festival.
Concurrent to that festival, Mobile eyephoneography was launched. This involves the work of Eyephoneography #1, #2 and #3 traveling around Spain with stops in eight major cities.
In January 2012 I was the winner of the IPA Mobile Grant Award, 2011.
In February 2012, I was featured in Latitudes, an international Photography Festival held annually in Huelva, Spain. This is a major breakthrough where photography and iPhoneography were shown on a museum level. Latitudes hosts works by renowned photographers, including Magnum greats such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and Doisneau.
In April 2012 the “iPhone Fotografie” , a hard cover book was published by the German National Geographic in which I am featured with 30 pages, next to 4 other artists.
In January 2013 this book was also published as an e-book in both English and German.
In August 2012: 4 of my pieces (30 x 30 inches) were shown in the LA MAF Exhibition, organized by iPhoneArt.com.
December 2012: mObilepixatiOn, an piXel revOlution exhibition in London, UK, organised and curated by Marina Akwa (iPhonehipsta)
January 2013: part of MacWorld Mobile Masters (e-book and iPad Wall by Dan Marcolina) during the MacWorld Event in San Francisco.
June 2013: 7 page portfolio in FOCUS, a leading dutch photography magazine.
August 2013: One of the 45 artists explaining one of their works in a step by step tutorial in a full colour book called: “THE ART OF IPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY” BY BOB WEIL AND NICKI FITZ-GERALD.