John Ouwens Alblasserdam, Netherlands

Hi, I am John Ouwens. In the late sixties I was born in Rotterdam and after some wanderings I ended up in Kinderdijk, a lovely village in the Alblasserwaard, famous for its windmills and vast polder landscape. About 30 years ago I bought my first SLR camera, the period of regularly going to the development center with my knees buckling to see what results I had shot (and then being proud of the result). About 7.5 years later I got rid of the camera for various reasons, but it always kept itching...Around 2000 I bought another camera, a digital one, not too expensive, to see if it would still be so much fun. And indeed I am still very enthusiastic and eager to learn. By reading a lot about it, following workshops, but especially by doing it a lot, I am a real autodidact, as they call it. An amateur photographer, who is not easily satisfied with his own work and is always critical.