Jeroen van Loon (1978 / Tilburg)

Jeroen van Loon (1978 / Tilburg)

After I finished the Photo Academy in Amsterdam in 2003, I started to work as freelance photographer for the Dutch weekly magazine Nieuwe Revu, where as a trainee I had already learned everything about deadlines and news photography.

I also started working as a freelancer for other Dutch magazines like Marie Claire, Flair, Viva, Avant Garde, Esquire and NL20. Furthermore, I became one of the photographers of Photo Agency Hollandse Hoogte.

As more and more magazines and organizations like AMREF Flying Doctors and Médecins du Monde asked me to cover stories abroad, I started to develop a fascination for foreign countries and other cultures. While I continued working as a freelance photographer in the Netherlands, from 2008 I started to cover more and more stories together with freelance journalist and my partner Andrea Dijkstra in countries like Afghanistan, Bolivia, Brazil, Indonesia, Kashmir, Kenya, Morocco, Peru, Tanzania and Sri Lanka. In the meantime I followed courses like Final Cut Pro and learned how to edit movies.

But because of the expensive airline tickets and other travel costs it was difficult for us to continue financing our journalistic work abroad, as most media don’t (totally) cover these costs anymore. Besides, we wanted to specialise us in a certain region. That gave us the idea to start traveling by Land Rover Defender with rooftop tent and stove through Africa to lower our travel costs and to be more flexible and independent in how long we stay in one place. And that’s what we’ve been doing since June 2011!

Exploring this rising continent by car, gives us the possibility to get to know so many different African countries and people, to slowly unravel this puzzling part of the world and in the meantime meantime we cover interesting stories for Dutch media like Vrij Nederland, Algemeen Dagblad, One World Magazine, Wordt Vervolgd, TPO Magazine, Radio 1 and in international media like Knack, MO Magazine and numerous 4x4 magazines. Besides reporting and photography, we also create video reports for organizations like AMREF Flying Doctors and ONEforONE.

We’ve covered already topics in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South-Sudan, Rwanda and Eastern-Congo. The plan is to travel all the way to the south via Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Botswana to South Africa and travel back north by the at least as intriguing Western Africa, to finally settle in Africa as a freelance photographer having important contacts all of over the continent. Click here to see our route up till now.