Tjalling was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he spent most of his youth among the endless green fields and wide skies of the province Friesland.
With his wife and two sons, he lived and worked 14 years on a Caribbean island.
Then in the winter of 2015, the family moved to Canada and made a complete change of life.
In this new adventure in a new country, he took up the camera.
This gave a burst of inspiration and he finally gave in to to artist in him.
It allowed him to tell his stories, developing and discovering through this fascinating form of art.
Since he is passionate about so many things, he is working in multiple areas of photography up till now. On this website you will see images of this love affair with people, different characters, athletes, colours, nature and what he encounters on his personal journey.
He has also put great amount of effort in education of technical skills and equipment, but Tjalling’s main focus is art: the creative process through photography
awards and exhibitions
Awards in 2015
2nd Place - Georgian College, DPAI annual Juried Print Show
3rd Place - Lake Cecebe photo Contest
Awards in 2016
Georgian Scholarship Show, DPAI Judges Choice Award - Amplis & Nikon Award
1st Place in the Nature & Landscapes Lake Cecebe photo Contest
Awards in 2017
S1 Group & District 28 Award of Excellence
Red Cardinal Award
2nd Place, second year, Scholarship award, sponsored by Fuji
2nd Place, second year, DPAI award, sponsored by Henry's Camera
Extreme Imaging DPAI Award
Bruce Peninsula Art Show Award
Awards in 2018
3rd place, Blue Mountain Foundation of the Arts
2016 - BMFA - Every Picture tells a story
2017 - Bruce Peninsula Art Show
2018 - Wiarton Library Exhibition
2018 - BMFA - Every Picture Tells a Story
2019 - The Halide Project - Historic photo printing - Homage group show Philadelphia