he pictures I took in the Atacama Desert in Chile are very important to me. It was my first international trip, but besides that, you can photograph wildlife in their natural habitat, and the huge number of active and inactive volcanoes is very special. The photos I took in Amsterdam are also very important as it is totally different from Chile. I went from desert landscapes to totally urban landscapes full of people, cars, bikes, and many other things.
Websites like Meetup or Eventbrite are great places to discover like-minded outdoor enthusiasts with a wide range of activities. From group hiking, trail restorations, biking excursions, and more, you can always find something you're looking for.
Being good at anything takes time and a fair amount of failure before anything else. Shooting every day to improve is a generic piece of advice we hear all the time that is actually extremely true, but rushing yourself or your projects is never worth it. Take your time, critique your work, improve, repeat. Being patient with yourself is actually so important to creating work that you’re proud of and that will stand the test of time.
I started to appreciate the freedom that reigns in nature, the diversity that it offers and also the tranquilizing effect it has on the mind. I learned to see the beauty in the darkness and moodiness that is quite present in my area. And learning to love where I live was really the cornerstone to a lot of positive change. There is beauty in every creation. Everywhere. And photography helps me to see this, no matter where I am. So I can say that growing up here was a challenge as long as I didn’t learn to love the culture, the mentality, and my surroundings. But now that I did that, I wouldn’t want to change it.