I met Ronnie almost 3 years ago when I entered the Landje curiously, investigating whether the residents placed negatively in the news were indeed so unfriendly and annoying. I fell in love with his childlike enthusiam, his open mindset, free spirit and energy. Curious and with a need to let people judge less, I wanted to tell his story. Photographing him became reporting his live and this place.
Ronnie’s childhood was tough. Violence, sex and alcohol as well as a lack of love are part of his youth. After he got a workaccident many years ago he decided to live at the ‘Landje’. A place near Amsterdam city where about 40 men and women live. Their camp is a collection of caravans, tents and makeshift houses with a sensational amount of mess around them. They live a free live, not always without worries. Living here is for Ronnie a conscious choice.
Ronnie is a great guy, an amazing personality, and I'd love to introduce you to him. Contact me for the full serie.
The work of Ronnie is big. Some photo's are shown on this page. Some of them are published in newspaper Trouw and Financieel Dagblad.