Martijn Doolaard grew up in a small town in the south of the Netherlands. He lived in a “couple of other places” before ending up in Amsterdam, where he normally lives and works. When he isn’t crossing continents by bike that is…
As when we spoke to him he was riding from Vancouver to Patagonia, and before that in 2015 he cycled from Amsterdam to Singapore, documenting his hardcore yet enviable trip in a beautiful coffee table-style tome called One Year On A Bike. Here, he talks us through his five favourite photographs.
I was in bands for most of my twenties, which got me into making music videos. At the time Canon DSLR’s were widely used to shoot music video, so my first camera was a Canon 600D. That was about six years ago. I used it mainly for video and time-lapse photography. During my bicycle journeys I got more into photography as a way of story telling.
I shoot adventure travel photography. It’s about reconnecting with nature, spending time outdoors and getting inspired by other cultures. My photos are often part of a bigger narrative of solo travelling. For example, my one-year bike trip from Amsterdam to Singapore, and more recently my current trip from Vancouver to Patagonia. It’s not necessarily about me, but it is about one person undergoing all the aspects of solo travelling.
“I don’t ever wish I’d taken someone else’s photos. I like to find my own story.”
There is this never-stopping feed on social media which constantly stimulates me to travel and find those moments to shoot. In terms of travel photography, the more remote you go, the more likely you’ll find new shots and moments to capture. There’s a drive for me to take the unbeaten paths. For me inspiration means finding things you were not looking for.
I have no particular heroes. I follow a whole list of great photographers on instagram who inspire me. But I don’t ever wish I’d taken someone else’s photos. Of course there is lots of amazing work out there, but I’d like to find my own story. It’s a journey of self-exploration and pushing your own boundaries.