In June, 2018 I did a portrait project for Fujifilm Global about "wild people" in order to test and promote a new lens. During this project it felt like all the pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place for me as an artist and a human being. I couldn't help but think: "this is what I'm supposed to be doing". That's why I will keep the project going.
The Wild Project is about those individuals who manage to keep a strong connection with the natural world and at the same time don't shy away from our modern society. I believe that we are losing critical skills and experiences fast and I'm sure not the only one who craves for more connection to nature. However, I don't think it's too late. There are still wild people out there who are willing to share their experience. I find great value in the knowledge, skill and personalities of this rare breed of men and women. I may never truly become one of them, but I can document and share my findings with you.
Portraits are the central element in this project and I will also capture additional still and video. I don't know what form this project will take on eventually but I'm sure it will find its own way over time. I'm keeping all my options open when it comes to locations and the kind of people I will photograph. There is no deadline and I will work on the project whenever time and budget allows.
Truly wild and charismatic people are hard to come by and I could definitely use your help to find them. If you are such a wild man or woman, or if you know someone who fits the bill, please get in touch. For practical reasons I'm looking firstly for people who are relatively local to me but I don't want to count out even the most remote corner of the world. Brands, companies and organisations who are interested in partnering up to expand this project are more than welcome to get in touch too.
This page will grow and evolve with the project and I'll also post updates on my blog.
Here's the behind-the-scenes video that we made for the original project for Fujifilm: