Pieter-Jan graduated as biologist (specialisation in Biodiversity and Ecology) at the university of Ghent, Belgium. His passion about wildlife started from a very young age, where he spent lots and lots of time in nature all thanks to his dad who shares the same interests. The photography part started only from an age of 11, when the first digital camera came into the house. As Dorothea Lange once said: “A camera is just a tool for learning how to see without a camera” is definitely true: a whole new world opened up for him, and this developed into a serious hobby. Pieter-Jan got some early inspiration thanks to big names in Belgium like Yves Adams and Rollin Verlinde. Further development of his photography skills happend together with one of his best friends and also a very skilled photographer Karl Van Ginderdeuren.
Apart from that, Pieter-Jan loves to share his knowledge and experience he assembled over the years with people, so he started working as a nature guide in remote areas of Europe, in cooperation with Europesbig5.