The person behind the camera

Quirina Santing-Kamoen

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The hardest part of setting up your website is this page, because how should I greet you. As a visitor, photographer, reader or a person who just wants to see my work. Because I’d like to do it in person and that you have a name. I have decided to greet you with dear…. and I feel honored that you are visiting my website.

My name is Quirina, born in 1980 I live in Emmen, The Netherlands. and live with my sweet husband Marcel and our dog Matsi. The camera really changed my life. My world has grown, because I have become curious about the world. Far from home, but also close to my own environment. Ever since I really started shooting, I know that I am a self confident and introverted person and enjoy the little things in life.

I have been taking photos for a long time, even if it was just with a compact camera, mobile and I started out with an analog camera. That does not mean that you are immediately involved with photography, because that is really more than just pushing a button. But if that makes you happy, there is nothing wrong with this kind of photography, because even then you can make very nice pictures!

Only I wanted more myself, I wanted to make just as beautiful photos as other photographers did. The images you see in books and exhibits. That is why I bought my first digital SLR camera, the Canon 100D, in 2015 and have been delving into photography since 2017 and I am currently shooting with a Canon 6D mark II.

On my website you will also find my images that I have made recently, but also in the past. In my opinion, photography has no rules, because it is not a sport and it is the end result that counts. I shoot in RAW, I edit my photos as little as possible and I will never to add something at that time was not present during the making of the images. When I go out I never really work with a plan, because I like to discover the area where I am at that moment. I only photograph the things that grab my attention at that moment. Because I would think it would be a shame if you have something in mind, you might not be able to see those things if you don’t have a plan.

As you may have noticed, my website is mostly in English except for the blog section. This is because a picture says more than 1000 words. Photography has no language, but is it an art form or a moment in your life that you would like to capture as a memory. As the daughter of an artist, I know that you can lose yourself in all kinds of art forms: as a maker, but certainly also as a beholder. Think of photo exhibitions and how fascinated people look at the photos. One photo artwork is more attractive to you and you find it more beautiful than the other, but they all tell their own story. In short; photography is a special way of art.

I hope you enjoy my website! Hope you come back regularly and would love it if you leave a comment.

Lots of love,