Sjors van Gils

's-Hertogenbosch family photography by Sjors van Gils of Noord Brabant Netherlands
Photo by: 
Madeleine Sars

Sjors van Gils

Sjors van Gils Fotografie
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Friends tell me I am a man with many hobbies. "You do everything, don't you?" Well, I can't deny that. I have a curious mind and I try a lot of different things and some things stick with me. That's how I started skateboarding, (wind)surfing, riding a motorcycle, learned to fix this motorcycle, and rebuild an old moped. Broadening my mind and learning different skills is what gives me energy.

However varied these hobbies might seem, what I experience by mastering new skills is the rough, pure, and real sense of life. Jumping off a curb with your skateboard has something pure. No focus and you will fall, too tense and you will fall, a foggy head, and you will fall. This means there has to be some kind of balance between focus and relaxation. Unimportant elements of the day will disappear into the background and you only live this very moment, and that is 'real'.

With my photography, I am looking for these pure and real moments. When I take pictures, I capture life how it is and goes. This means that in a family shoot everyone is allowed to decide for themselves what they wear that day, or how tidy the house is. Life consists of so many things that have to be done, that are supposed to be or that are not allowed. Leave it! Let it flow, it doesn't matter, beautiful moments arise everywhere, I'll capture them.

2 Awards for Documentary Family Photography

1 TOP Family Photographer Titles

The FPJA proudly recognizes Sjors van Gils as a TOP International Family Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Family Photographers.