About

Hey 👋, I’m Mitch,

I am an (urban) landscape and documentary photographer, writer and walker. I mostly use my photography as a reason to explore. My exploring is mostly done during long walks, both around my home and on my travels. I capture those explorations in my monthly newsletter ‘Dialogue’, as well as the videos I create for my YouTube channel. I also have a newsletter that I send out monthly. I appreciate it very much if you subscribe to it.

Other than that, I try to delegate as much time as possible to creating (photography) projects, walking and cycling around the Dutch landscapes, and getting better at writing. I love to travel and see new places but staying in and making room for some deep thinking is also fine. Oh and I’m an MSc in Psychology, which might explain the latter.

I don’t like social media and messaging apps that much but I do read my email.

I document life as it happens in photographic and written form to preserve the present for the future.

Mission statement - Last updated: 14 July 2021

Milestones

Jul 14, 2021

Wrote a mission statement

I tried my hand at formulating a proper mission statement for the first time and decided to publish it right away. Expect it to be updated in the future. It’s currently: “I document life as it happens in photographic and written form to preserve the present for the future.”

Jan 26, 2021

Started my newsletter “Dialogue”

Growing tired of social media and looking for other outlets for my work, I decided to jump into the decades-old newsletter game. The emails are sent out infrequently and only when I have something to share.

Sep 12, 2020

Jury member Kunstbende

Kunstbende Utrecht asked me to be part of the Jury for the ‘Expo’ division where the participants are between 12 and 19 years old. Apparently, my photography skills are good enough to judge others’ work now. A fun day and a milestone in my career.

May 28, 2021

Publication “One Two One”

One Two One is a black and white square-format 48-page, softcover book, made during the winter of 2020/2021. Only one copy of the book has been produced.

More info can be found on the project page.

Aug 28, 2020

Publication “De Stilte Rondom Zine”

De Stilte Rondom (‘The Silence Around’ in English) is a photography project about finding peace and tranquility in places you needn’t travel far for. A physical zine and an exposition is how the work was shared.

More info can be found on the project page.

Jun 19, 2019

Started working for the local newspaper

The AD Amersfoortse Courant saw enough potential in a series myself and a friend pitched to them about people that thrive in the summer. This kicks off my years doing freelance work for the local newspaper.

Oct 2, 2015

Exposition “No Days Off”

Just as I’m about to set off on a trip of undetermined length, I decide to have an early recap of the 50 best images I’ve made so far for No Days Off. 253 days into the 365 project, I invite friends, relatives, and others interested to the Voltage (which has since closed) to host an evening surrounding my work.

Jan 1 – Dec 31, 2015

365 photography project “No Days Off”

The year is 2015 and I’m still new to photography. I learn about this thing called 365 photography projects, where you take one photo every day of the year and post it online. My photography skills grow immensely this year.

Music

One of my less serious ventures is curating playlists. Mostly for my own enjoyment, though I also enjoy it when other people do. I’m not a self-proclaimed music tastemaker, snob, critic, whatever you want to call it, by any means. I’m merely an enthusiast, a consumer if you will, that likes to create playlists so that I don’t have to think about what I’m listening to every time.

Endless Cycle

I currently have two playlists I’m sufficiently happy with that I dare to share them here. The first one is called Endless Cycle (you can follow along on Spotify here) and mostly contains songs that are way too long and monotonous for most people but that’s exactly what I like. I update it semi-regularly.

The subtitle is ‘songs to ride your bike to’ and, in my opinion, this is the perfect background music to keep you going on those long bike-rides. It’s endless tunes that never get distracting while always remaining pleasant. Though those two go hand in hand most of the time anyway. Oh and don’t feel obliged to ride your bike while listening to this playlist. You're allowed to play it during a variety of other activities as well. It’s okay.

After the party

The second playlist is called After The Party (give it a follow on Spotify) and is mostly down-tempo R&B, Hip Hop, Soul and Electronic music. It’s a little bit of everything but it’s always slow and mellow. I update it only when I come across a proper addition.

If that’s not your type of thing, try listening to it on an afterparty. You know, those ones where you actually need to go to sleep but you just don’t want the evening to end. Alternatively, this works as very good background music as well (you see how a trend for background-able music starts to emerge here).

So that’s it as far as music goes for me. Of course I listen to many other things but I think these two playlist sum up quite well what my day-to-day vibe is. If you can relate, perhaps we should vibe (sorry I went there) sometime as well.

Gear

If you care about this stuff, this is the list of cameras and lenses I use to get the job done.

  • The Fujifilm X100V should be my secondary body but it’s mostly my main body at the moment. The compact form factor with the 23mm is all I need for most of my work.
  • The Fujifilm X-Pro3 comes out in case I need a different focal length from the 23mm on the X100V. It’s not uncommon for me do dual-wield these two cameras for ultimate flexibility.
  • The XF 35mm f2 is the first lens I bought for the X-system and I will never sell it. I take this with me when I need to take portraits but use it on the street a lot as well.
  • The XF 18mm f2 comes with me every time I want something a little wider than the X100V’s lens. It’s great for documentary and street photography.
  • The XF50mm f2 is my compact tele-lens. It's small enough to carry with me during walks but has enough reach to get a little compression in my photos.
  • I also own the XF 16-55mm f2.8. It’s a wonderful lens that you can use for anything, which I did for a few years. These days it’s usually too big to bring along, though I won’t sell it as there is the occasional job where flexibility is key.

And these are all the peripherals I use.

  • The LaCie 5TB USB-C HDD has never failed me and the storage capacity is large enough for me to last a year or two.
  • The Tiffen BLACK PRO-MIST 1/4 filter is attached to my x100V when I am looking for a look that’s less digital.
  • A 2021 MacBook Pro 14 inch is my daily driver. The 14 inch version is big enough to do work on the road and small enough to make it easy to carry. Also, that M1 Pro chip is nothing short of amazing.
  • I use an LG 27 inch 4K USB-C external monitor to give me extra screen real estate when I’m working at home.
  • I combine the MacBook and the external monitor with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and a Logitech MX Master 3.

Contact

You can use the form below to send me an email. I usually have a reply ready within a day or so.

De Lens
Chamber of commerce: 64135276
Van Obdamstraat 42
3814 TD
Amersfoort
The Netherlands

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