On July 7th, 2013 I was photographing the FIA GT Series race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, when the number 14 Audi R8 LMS Ultra of Portuguese driver César Campaniço had a problem braking for the Tarzan corner and smashed right into the guardrail behind which I was crouching. The car bounced back, spinning across the track and ended up badly damaged in the gravel on the outside of the corner. Luckily no other cars were hit and the driver walked away from the car on his own.
I wasn’t so lucky myself. When the car hit the guardrail, it flexed just enough to send me flying. I ended up on the grass a few meters away, noticed I couldn’t stand up and waved for the marshalls. Right away help came, and being at a circuit the medical staff was very quick to arrive as well. I had a neck brace put on and was taken to the circuit’s medical room. Another ambulance brought me to hospital for surgery. I have had surgery to the knee and hip again at another hospital. Recovery will take months but luckily my other leg and upper body are fine. For those who don’t know, I was not a spectator but an accredited photographer and it was a relatively safe spot but anything can happen in motorsports with ‘only’ a barrier inbetween you and a fast car.
There’s plenty of news articles and YouTube clips if you want to see the crash and me flying. Needless to say I won’t be leaving home a lot in the coming months…
update 2013/11/03: I can now walk with crutches and stand on two feet, which is a relief. Still a long way to go for full recovery, but getting better in little steps…
update 2016/01/09: A lot has changed since the last update, I can walk, ride my bicycle, climb and go down stairs without aids. I’m working full-time again. I still have ‘drop foot’ but I’m not afraid of tripping. Still need physiotherapy twice a week and can’t go running but I pretty much lead a normal life again 🙂
From time to time I go to Hilversum to photograph for the excellent 3FM radio show That’s Live. Here’s the current list of BNN That’s Live episodes where I was the photographer:
The day after Paaspop in Schijndel, I went to see Belgian singer-songwriter Milow at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. You can find the Milow photospecial on FOK! and on Milow’s own website
I was at the Paaspop festival in Schijndel, The Netherlands, see my photos in the Paaspop Schijndel fotospecial on FOK!
New photos: I was at this year’s 3FM awards show for fok.nl
I recently bought some of the ‘leftovers’ from the Scryption Museum which unfortunately had to close due to lack of funding. Here’s one of the systems I bought from them, an Apple IIc with matching monitor and power brick. It powers up, displaying “Apple //c” and “Check Disk Drive.” messages. Hitting Ctrl-Reset gives me a working BASIC prompt. print peek(64447) returns 255.
Actually, I have two IIc’s with matching monitors (green, composite). Both work fine as far as I can see, but both won’t work properly with the external Disk IIc (could be a faulty Disk IIc). Internal drives are fine, managed to receive and write disk images with ADT Pro and a cable from retrofloppy.com!
Apple IIc s/n are C5 05WK XX and C5 29S3 XX. Disk IIc serial is 139997 (model A2M4050Z).
Last weekend was a very good one, and a very demanding one as well… I was the official (and only) photographer for FOK! (www.fok.nl) at the Lowlands festival so I went to as many bands as I could manage to shoot three songs frontstage, then leave for the next one.. Or to get a drink, because especially Friday and Saturday were sunny and hot!
Some guys were also on assignment from FOK! to write reviews and hold interviews. The first review is online already (in Dutch), accompanied by some of my photos, at http://frontpage.fok.nl/review/401635/1/1/50/lowlands-2010.html
Update: the photo special is now also online, with lots more photos: http://frontpage.fok.nl/special/402038/1/1/50/foto-s-lowlands-2010.html
Another FOK! review in photos was posted today, you can find it at http://frontpage.fok.nl/special/399848/1/1/50/foto-s-solar-weekend.html
Most of the artists were not exactly my cup of tea, but the atmosphere was great and I had a great weekend.
Another festival report in pictures, this time it was for Festivalinfo.nl:
A very nice festival on the three different stages at the 013 concert hall in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The festival was called Vlaamse Reuzen Hollandse Leeuwen (Flemish giants, Dutch lions) and featured only Dutch and Belgian (Flemish) acts.