2017 / Book
Gold in Book (Series Only)/People, 1st place winner in Book (Series Only), Bronze in Fine Art/Portrait, Gold in People/Children
For years now I've been fascinated by red headed children. In 2007 I made the first portraits in the series Flaming Grace. Until today I've photographed many red headed children, not only in The Netherlands, but also in the US and Ireland. Why? Simply because I think they're breathtaking beautiful! I find these children mystical and magical and they push my creativity to the max. Theyâ€™re visual poetry to me! So young and already such an overwhelming effect.
Along the way I learned a lot about the red hair MCR1-gene and heard many stories and myths. Some people say red heads will likely be extinct in the next 100 years. This because the gene is not dominant enough to survive. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true, but if so, I might even have written history.
Last October I self published my portraits in a beautiful, exclusive book. Book designer Teun van der Heijden made a great design. Melanie McWhorter (Photo Eye Santa Fe, USA) wrote a wonderful essay from her personal point of view and experience as a red head and Marc Eyckâ€™s wrote a poem to complete my wishes for this book.