I am a Dutch biologist who is currently living in Leuven, Belgium, where I recently obtained a doctorate in science. I’ve been seriously wasting time on photography since 2004 and I love to travel around and take pictures of all the beautiful sites I see. These photographs have found their way to a number of places on the internet such as Panoramio and the Belgian site Erf-goed.be.
In 2010, my attention was drawn to the Wiki Loves Monuments project via the latter site. In recent years, I have used the annual WLM campaign as a good excuse to upload the harvest of a year of travelling and exploring to Wikimedia Commons. I upload my photographs in the hope that my photographs can contribute in a useful way to this site and the aims of its builders. I select them according to how useful I think they are on here, and never according to whether they might win the competition.
Additionally, I have started to systematically photograph listed buildings in my home town of Leuven. Despite the efforts of many, Flanders on the whole still shows a widespread indifference towards protecting and maintaining any form of architectural heritage that is not a church, castle, or town hall. I feel it may prove worthwhile to record those less conspicuous monuments, whose value lies in their interestingness, more than in their beauty, before they are torn down or fall apart due to negligence.
I had been active in the Wikipedia community in the past, altering or writing new articles, c. 2007. In the future I hope to expand the scope of my contributions, not only competing in Wiki Loves Monuments, and making a more substantial contribution to Wikipedia itself. A selection of my submissions can be found below, while a more extensive overview of my uploads can be found here.