Jeroen van Rooijen

My passion for photography started at the age of 15. At that time I really started to appreciate the diverse landscapes my parents had always taken me to since I was very little. I was experimenting a lot by photographing cities, nature and also airplanes, which is another passion that I used to share with friends. Once I started to travel on my own, photography became an important aspect of the trip. At that point of age, I had to choose what I wanted to study for my bachelors and I actually had no idea. One day, someone simply asked me why I wouldn't study photography if that was what I was enjoying so much. And so I did. I started an education in photography at the Fotovakschool in Apeldoorn. Currently I am halfway through my education to become a professional photographer.

My approach to photography is all about getting out and explore. Being in nature, especially when you’ve got the landscape all to yourself, is so peaceful; just being outdoors and exploring. Even when the photograph isn’t that good, I’m always happy to go outdoors. The adventure is what it makes it so great.

I enjoy every type of photography but I enjoy photographing landscapes the most. The feeling when putting effort in something and it actually pays off is indescribable. At moments everything comes together, I try to utilise my excitement to create a great photograph.

 

Sometimes I ask myself: “is photography the reason to explore or is exploring the reason to photograph?”.

I think the answer is a combination of both, but over the years I have experienced that exploring and travelling takes off the stress and makes me feel happy. Besides that, travelling gives me the opportunity to meet people I would have never met. Travelling with the camera is just a different mindset and stimulates my creativity.

With my photos I aim to inspire other people to go outdoors, explore and enjoy nature. The world has so much beauty to offer and the experiences make you richer, not the money.

 

 

Publications:

The travel and photography magazine Nomadict has publisched an interview with Jeroen van Rooijen.

You can read the interview here.

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