"My work as an independent travel photographer takes me abroad about six months a year. I get to see a lot of places that most people can only dream of. But strange as it may sound, that's not what I focus on in my work. Why? Because everybody knows The Great Wall is great and the Grand Canyon is grand. No point in repeating that."
"To me it's the little things that make the most interesting stories - and the best images. I go into a little store just to get some shaving cream and I walk out with the complete life story of the woman who owns the store. I ask a cab driver to break a ten dollar note and a few hours later we both tumble out of a bar. That's travelling. That's what I do. And that's what I want to show in my work!"
Thijs Heslenfeld's work is published in national (Dutch) and international newspapers and magazines, including:
National Geographic Adventure - GEO Saison - Holland Herald - DB Mobil - Snowlife - Het Parool - The flying Dutchman - Hide & Chic - Weekend Knack - Plus Magazine - Reizen - Voiles et Voiliers - National Geographic Traveler - Nautique - Veronica Magazine - Joie de Vivre - Salt - Portfolio - Esta - Ski Magazine - Spits - Asian Photography - Villa d'Arte - Algemeen Dagblad - Zeilen - Seasons
Check out a few pages of 'Hot - Life in the Australian outback' (pdf, 3 Mb)
Read a couple of book reviews of 'Cold - Sailing to Antarctica'.
Want to see more of Thijs' work? Here's his website!
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