In The Jungle by Marjolein van der Laan
Words by Marjolein, edits by SV.
I started shooting photos because I wanted to improve my surfing skills. I guess you’ll need some explanation for that...
I didn’t have the money to go on vacation and surf my ass off at a good surf spot all summer.. That’s why I wanted to work at a surf camp (as they are always located at the right spots), so I could earn money and surf clean breaks too!
When I looked at the options, the surf photographer function sounded fun to me, as a multimedia design student. So I borrowed a camera from school and started shooting in Scheveningen (that’s where I live in Holland). Immediately I was in love with this kind of photography and almost forgot about my surf goal. This has been going on for 3 years now, from that day I never stopped to join surf trips as a photographer.
Explanation of submission and some kind words by Marjolein:
"I always loved the vibe of the surf community as it makes me feel at home, even when I’m on the other side of the world. A platform like SurfVisuals encourages this community. There are so many creative spirits and travellers in this scene and it’s great that you give them a stage - so I never doubted to submit a photo series with you guys. I think it’s great to support this. Plus you have a good taste in photography! I feel like photos come more alive when I can see it in real life instead of on screen, so I’m very stoked about the coffee table book you guys are releasing also!"
You can see some more of Marjolein's work from her Sri Lanka trip via her insta.
Much love x