THE STORY BEHIND VICE
At the end of 2012 I was about to quit photography. After two years of trying all sorts of genres I ended up in a photographic rut. I knew I had something in me, but I just couldn’t really set if free. I decided to give it one more try with something bigger than I've ever done before. A couple of days before New Year’s Eve it hit me: why not start a “365 days 365 photos” project? It felt like a great idea, and so I just went for it. What could possibly happen?
The one thing that fascinated me more than anything else during my photo walks, however, was how incredibly atmospheric everyday life on the streets could be. For the first time in my photographic journey I was able to truly pour my heart and soul into my photos. I felt as though I had broken my chains for the first time!
Over the course of the project, I won 10 awards around the world and made it to 6 shortlists. These awards made me happy, but they didn’t compare to the first time someone told me that they started out with photography because of me… that I was their inspiration. This still puts a smile on my face that no award or prize money could ever give me.
My art revolves around the human element in an urban world. In the heart of the city hustle from New York to Seoul I give unique everyday characters the stage they deserve. Sometimes in poetic infatuation or deep admiration, sometimes in mystic surrealism. Whether in vivid colors or distinct black and white, all art works unites a clear, distinctive style: gentle, bold and intense.