I studied science – geology to be precise – but this had nothing to do with my career as a photographer. Growing up during the explosion of alternative sports warped my mind forever. More than photography, articles from a French windsurfing journalist in the 80s helped to influence me into becoming an action sports photographer. His stories were incredible!
Pictures from a Dutch photographer in an old copy of Photo Magazine also made a lasting impression. I saw full action close ups and very long telephoto lens shots. These came at the beginning of modern slide films, had heavy saturation and contrast and were the way to go then – truly revolutionary.
At the end of my studies I became sick, and when I came back it was certainly not to work in an office. I had to go out and have fun. I met new friends, impressed magazines and that was how I started as a professional photographer. I hope I'll be able to do this as long as possible.