This is a series of blog posts dedicated to great photographers that are also contributing on Lobster. Read about the brilliant minds behind the camera, how photography mingles with their life and the stories behind their best shots.
Who is Reinier?
My name is Reinier van Oorsouw. Dutch based, internationally oriented. My first focus was on video – I was lucky enough to have received the opportunity to work for Lonely Planet aged 18, creating short travel videos around the globe. My first experience was knee-deep in cow dung somewhere in India which, weirdly enough, gave me the travel bug (and some other infectious diseases, but let’s not drift off from the main story).
Nowadays, I own a communication and marketing agency called Beyond Borders Media, working for the travel and adventure branch and for international development.
The stories behind the best photos
1. Takhar – Afghanistan
It’s a shame that security is an issue in this country as it features such beautiful landscapes. Nothing beats travelling around in your pyjamas all day, meeting interesting people and seeing the beautiful Afghan landscapes with your own eyes. The food is pretty amazing, too. The kids were ‘hanging out’ on a little wall during sunset and were wary of the camera at first, telling the translator that it was the first time they had ever seen such a device.
2. Yedi Göller – Turkey
Roadtrip time! When driving from Amsterdam to Georgia (the country) with The Big Chill, we came across this crater in East Turkey. From the top we counted seven lakes as the sun was setting. In the dark, with just the light on our phones, we climbed into the steep crater and, after about half an hour, we found one of the lakes. We then pitched a tent, slept, and woke up with this astonishing view. Naturally, we then went for a quick swim before spending the next hour climbing out of the creator. We may have nearly died, but hey, it was worth it for a great shot!
3. Anjouan – Comoros
In the mini-island state of Comoros, women use a certain tree bark, rub it on a stone, add some water… and then smear it on their faces. It is a natural sun cream. And – here’s where it gets funny – this sun cream is also used for fashion. Only for women though.
4. Utrecht – The Netherlands
At home, on my own rooftop, after a little shower, my girlfriend and I made this spontaneous portrait sometime around sunset. All the elements worked in my favour here; the sunlight colouring her hair, the water reflection on the roof, the holes in her jeans.
5. Nordkapp – Norway
In mid-winter I drove the North Cape; the most northern point of Europe. Over icy roads, most of the time in complete darkness and – obviously – with a temperature of below zero throughout the trip. This is the final stretch to the Cape, during the only time of day when there is a bit of light (even though the sun doesn’t show itself).
6. Monrovia – Liberia
During the peak of the Ebola crisis, west-Africa was in a state of emergency. Even if you survive Ebola, the recovery is still a long and heavy task – not to mention the fallout of the disease within the community. Mammie Bindah (this picture) survived Ebola, lost all her family to the disease, and is now a cast-away from her former community. People thought she’d always have the disease, so she wasn’t allowed back to her former house.
7. Fayzabad – Afghanistan
Shortly after checking in for a flight, I noticed this guy standing in the terminal of the airport. A beard trimmed to perfection, a bit of mascara under his eyes and a stylish overall appearance. He could’ve walked out of an Afghan fashion magazine. In reality, he was a military officer travelling to Kabul for a meeting. After I took this picture, he got his iPhone out and we took a selfie together.
Favourite food for thought
Travel has made me who I am today. It teaches you so much and opens your eyes to a different way of life. Besides making you appreciate the things you have, it also gives you a good insight into your own culture. Hit the road people!
To celebrate Reinier’s photo story, we’ve created a unique collection of his work – Take a look.
Other featured photographers in the series:
Lukas around the globe, Krisztian’s fashion photography, Victor and his passion for drone photography, Thanh and his love for the countryside, Enrico, diversity explorer, Kristiana Pandere, the manipulation master, Loic Lagarde is shooting at the crossroad of art and technique, Jonas Anhede emotional and storytelling images, Igor, the Northen lights hunter, Sunny’s travel adventures and the Instagram Bucketlist Journey star Annette White
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