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Bonnie Kern 22-May-2012 22:46
Gorgeous photos. I currently work resettling refugees from Eritrea and am thrilled to see a different side of the country. Beautiful and touching.
rijstfj 14-Feb-2012 10:19
Beautiful photos. I really enjoyed them
Ruth McClain05-Jan-2012 21:34
Awesome images..
Jose Canovas24-Jul-2011 21:25
Johan, admire your work. you have a real talent. Congrats!
Phil Schneider 24-Jul-2011 18:58
Beautiful photos. I really enjoyed them. Oregon, USA
Konrad Busslinger21-Jul-2011 05:17
You have exctreml great photos of portraits. There are looking so naturaly. Thank you so much for sharing all of us.
Guest 20-Jul-2011 08:05
wonderful travel photos , thank you for sharing ...
Ruth 22-Nov-2010 02:23
Great Job. Very proud of you to have captured such beauty. Hope you had a pleasant time in Eritrea.
Bob Sabin 21-Nov-2010 14:28
Beautiful photos in every way! People must really like you, for you to get such relaxed and warm responses. The goodness of people shines through. Thanks for such fine, humane work.
Steve Solomon 29-Oct-2010 07:02
Johan, Simply magnificent photographs, outstanding job. Penetrating the human soul and spirit through the camera lense.
petra Meijboom 29-May-2010 17:20
hallo Johan, wij zijn net terug uit ethiopië. Het is er inderdaad helemaal schitterend zowel mens, dier als natuur. We hebben er vreselijk van genoten vooral van het zuiden. we waren bij de Mursi, hamar, Erboree, emorate, karo en konso tribes. Geweldig om mee te maken. Ik vroeg me af hoe lang jij in die streek bent geweest!we hebben er een rondreis van 23 dagen mogen maken en hopen er in de toekomst nog eens heen te gaan!
Veel succes verder
Guest 23-Apr-2010 22:35
He Johan, het begin is er !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nou de rest nog,
beautiful people!!

Guest 19-Mar-2010 23:27
lieve joh., wat laat je ons lang in spanning/wachten op jouw foto's van de laatste reis.....
tot morgen liefs hettie
Laura Furnari 09-Mar-2010 21:55
I loved very much your photos of Eritrean Beauty. I will go to Eritrea in june and I want to do pictures and portraits of persons and typical features but I don´t know anyone that could help me to contact the conditions to do this. Could you indicate someone in Asmara that could help me to do the contacts and to obtain the needed authorizations for this. Thanks
willy 09-Mar-2010 15:44
Ha die Johan,
waar blijven de foto's van de Danakil? Wat je me gestuurd hebt, is veelbelovend.
je reisgenoot willy
gateaumonkey03-Jan-2010 20:21
Dear Johan,
i enjoyed the photos very have such a good series of is enriching life.
i look at the photos time and time again. thank you for showing us.
Guest 11-Dec-2009 10:27
Ha Johan,

Het blijft prachtig; steeds weer al die mooie foto's.
Ik ben trots op je, broertje!

liefs, Rieneke.
Mohamed Mahmoud09-Dec-2009 09:02
Your Galleries are Extremely beautiful, very impressive, I simply can not stop from surfing those lovely trips through your shots
Very Well Done
Christin Tr÷ger06-Dec-2009 20:06
Thank you for your visit and all your encouraging comments, but most of all thanks for making me discover your site, just awesome.
slhoornstra30-Nov-2009 01:37
Thank you for your recent visit to my gallery, especially since you are so accomplished a photographer. Your galleries are rich with fantastic images, and your work shows both great skill and humanity.
Best regards,
Gharib Hanif26-Nov-2009 17:35
Nice gallery. btw which template are you using? Is it your own or one of pbase?
Guest 22-Nov-2009 18:19
Really enjoying your work. Strong photo's complimented by excellent commentary. Thanks for sharing with us.
gateaumonkey13-Nov-2009 17:30
i have seen your portraits .wow these are awsome. you have captured their inner sould in such a touching way.congratulations.i hope to see millions more of these from you.
Jonas 10-Nov-2009 23:50
Thanks Johan, I think you are great...what i liked about you is not only the photography but the cultures, the faces, the believes and the diversity of all these speaks one language that is beauty. And you caught all these in your camera. Many people and I thank you for this, more than that the art itself thanks you, cause it lives for the reason you do it now.
bonoto sumi 16-Oct-2009 21:33
Johan you have done quite a stupendous work and it really touched my heart! would like to see more of your spectacular picture in the future. keep up the good spirit and all the best in your work. hatzz off.
REBECCA 26-May-2009 16:00
Guest 17-May-2009 19:42
"Wonderful,peaceful,with knowledge"
Guest 09-Apr-2009 22:26
Johana i am from Eritrea and if you have a book or if you are selling this photoes i will be interested.It is amaizing!
Smret Weakliam 09-Apr-2009 22:16
Johan wonderful photoes. It makes me feel like i am at home when i am far from home. I can imagine what kind of person you are and it is great to see some body like you doing what you have done. I think people who never traveled around the world can educate themselves and for those who are home sick you remind us how beautiful people and culture we have. Some times when you spend many years away from home and family things like this bring alot of great memory.It makes us feel like at home with few cliks. Thank you for your beautiful work and keep it up cos you will do the world good. God bless you
PARDEEP HEER 30-Mar-2009 19:48
AMAZING ....................!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest 17-Mar-2009 13:33
Guest 17-Feb-2009 20:07
You know to use a camera, good work. bedankt
Pawel30-Jan-2009 20:59
Your galleries are full of educational potential. It is wonderfull to watch your work.
See you soon Johan :)
Yves Rubin29-Jan-2009 06:59
Dear Johann,
You have obviously traveled the world over, and your professional and intimate look at people makes for striking portraits. I will be back to enjoy more of your work soon!
Lin 24-Jan-2009 03:52
Your pictures are spectacular. It inspires me to learn taking better travel photos.
Guest 22-Jan-2009 21:05
god bless you for the beauty and the happinness you communicate !!
Sadly I'll throw my camera onto the sea..... Keep travelling. like we do. with different results!
Katie 12-Dec-2008 02:11
hey i just wanted to tell you that I think your photograpgy is amazing and it really shows the bueaty of places that i really have no clue about.
Hettie 24-Aug-2008 11:18
lieve Joh.
Alweer een prachtige serie: jij en Latifa hebben iets prachtigs neergezet, ik ben ontroerd!!
Mohamed Mahmoud19-Aug-2008 11:25
Thanks a lot for your comments on my portraits, it is highly apreciated and special since you are one of my favorite photographers, really a master, plus your travels are on my wish list
hettie 23-Jul-2008 17:36
lieve Joh.,
Foto's van Dunya zijn prachtig!!
Ben benieuwd naar volgende serie: Afrika festival Hertme
Guest 15-Feb-2008 04:31
Never took the time to look at your pics Johan, but it's really spectacular. What a testimonial for the future.
aitie 01-Jan-2008 15:36
kon het niet laten... moest ze toch nog even weer bekijken.... ben ademloos...
liefs hett
Guest 31-Dec-2007 01:49
Your pictures of eritrea are beautiful. Do you sell them anywhere?
Guest 04-Dec-2007 14:36
Your pictures are...I can not find the words,
except thank you. I will be a frequent visitor.
willy 01-Dec-2007 09:39
Ha die Johan,
Echt mooi, die foto's. Ik voel me vreselijk bevoorrecht dat ik niet alleen die mooie foto's bekijk maar dat ik veel van die mensen ook in het echt ontmoet heb....... Het roept weer de mooiste herinneringen op.
Rieneke 30-Nov-2007 15:03
Ha, die Joh,
Fantastisch! Wat móói, en verschillend. Ik ben stiekem een beetje [veel] jaloers.
Vooral die kleuren van de Rashaida spreken me erg aan.
Tot binnenkort,
je trotse zus.
Guest 27-Nov-2007 17:33
lieve broer joh., de eerste foto's van eritrea zijn prachtig, zo anders dan anders, kan niet wachten op de rest...
liefs hett
Guest 30-Sep-2007 18:36
Wat bent u een begenadigd persoon. Wat een mooie serie foto's. Helemaal super. Bedankt dat u ze met ons wilde delen en dat we mee mogen genieten. DIKKE V
Guest 24-Sep-2007 21:15
Hee Johan, wie is die hotshot van een jongen die mee was naar the family dag? Wat een leukerd! Tot snel, kus je grote nichtje uit 't westen van het land (maar liefst 30 min. treinen naar jou toe)
Aloha Diao Lavina16-Sep-2007 11:44
Thank you for your kind comments on my work. It is inspiring that someone of your talent and expertise would consider my images with merit. And thank you for those lessons of which I am sure you are unaware. Best regards, Aloha
Guest 15-Sep-2007 20:18
Your photos are just outstanding. As a portrait artist and using your pictures as inspiration I would like to make Oil paintings (on Canvas) portraits. I use the classical realism approach to oil painting, If you have an objection, kindly please let me know, You can see my work at, and you can contact me at You have a great talent, congratulation on your work.
cmartine 13-Aug-2007 10:48
thanks for your nice comments
yur galleries are quite enjoyable and you have some beautiful portraits.
your work on "vanishing cultures" is also interesting and gives some beautiful pictures, even if I prefer "real" photos


Guest 05-Aug-2007 20:37
Your work is outstanding!
I have very much enjoyed viewing such fabulous photography :)
Rache xx
selinab04-Aug-2007 15:49
Amazing work. Your talent is supreme.
Luzikz - Photography31-Jul-2007 15:06
I love your work. Great images you have here, specially from people of Africa...

Best regards!!!
Robyco25-Jul-2007 07:45
Hello Johan,
again i came back to see a picture of you and again saw your great skills !!
Also i saw i did not put you in my favorite list yet, that is a shame......
Now you are in this and i can see yor latest uploads and keep learning from you!!
Guest 20-Jul-2007 10:36
Hi Johan,
Thanks for your welcome comments. Just had a look through some of your galleries. Great images & I will look at the rest when I get some time. Thanks again, Steve
Luca Scandella06-Jul-2007 18:08
We have shared travels and photo. I augur to you to continue to travel and to photograph with great passion and sensibility.
Guest 27-Jun-2007 13:09
I'm jealous of how good you are.
Guest 23-Jun-2007 23:01
I've spent a happy 30 minutes looking through your galleries, and I loved every minute, you have the ability to get inside your subject, and bring out more than just an image, you capture the emotions, pain, joy and soul of a person.
Guest 20-Jun-2007 21:19
Masterful Photos Thank You
Claude Jovillard10-Jun-2007 08:45
stunning galleries ! you are very talented. Bravo
Guest 07-Jun-2007 17:42
such beautiful photos...the best portraits Ive ever seen. I cant look at them enough.
Karen Greene07-Jun-2007 12:55
I love your galleries! Oh my... I'll be back when I have more time.
Guest 07-Jun-2007 11:38

I'm so, so glad that you comment my galleries! I came to yours and just found my favourite photographer on Pbase

In a way I believe we see the world around us in a very similar way... and the destinations you chose are among my top priorities. That tells a lot about us as photographers and as people.

You have a great talent to capture people's emotions, you go for the close up and eye contact. Love that!

I'll send you an e-mail!

All the best!
Guest 05-Jun-2007 17:08
Hi Johan,
Dank U wel for visiting my galleries - I can quickly see that you have the travelling bug, something I hope never to be cured of (although the forthcoming arrival of my first child may restrict it for a few years!). Your travel portraits are first rate - the main reason I am grateful that you visited my gallery is that through this I have found yours and I will enjoy looking through them every time I come back to visit.
Tot ziens
Hodero01-Jun-2007 21:07
Je citaat van Ralph Waldo Emerson,komt terug in jouw fotoos.
Martha Albuquerque26-May-2007 11:11
Hi Johan!
I am very happy to know part of your stunning photography! You are very talent ... i will learn a lot from your superb work.

Thanks for coming to my galleries,

cheers and hugs,
Guest 26-May-2007 11:06
prachtige foto's. Je staat nu bij mijn favorieten!
Grtz marc
Guest 23-May-2007 10:55
Hi Johan, was al onder de indruk van je foto's maar wederom genoten van je slideshow,heel erg goed, kom geregeld terug, groetjes Enny.
s reeves20-May-2007 03:21
This is spectacular work. To call what you do travel photography is to sell your work considerably short. Your "faces of the world" gallery, in particular, has several images that could hardly be bettered. Best regards.
Jan Koster19-May-2007 10:06
Ik heb genoten van je foto's! --Jan
Ken McColl19-May-2007 06:06
Hi Johan,thank you for your visit and, looking at your galleries, clearly you are an artist able to capture the myriad of subtleties of makind. You have just too many powerful images for me to pick a favourite. Fabulous galleries. Congrats.
Guest 17-May-2007 05:59
Dear Johan,
You have so beautifuly photos in yours portfolio...Excellent my friend...Excellent work...Greetings from Montenegro, old/new country in Europa...I will come back with pleasure...
Guest 14-May-2007 08:55
Wat een geweldige foto's maak je, vanaf nu zal ik zeker je werk blijven volgen.
pepe_carmona200013-May-2007 22:02
fantasticas galerias felicidades un gran trabajo
Tom Alisier12-May-2007 22:51
Hi Johan,
Congratulation for this nice work,
you've got some great portraits with a nice quality of image and precious light.
but what i really like is also the feelling of sensitivity and humanity .
thank for this African journey !

Tom Alisier
Guest 10-Apr-2007 17:19
Hee, wat maak je me nou! Waar is de gallery van je familie? Verder ziet het er super uit! Nieuwe lay out doet het 'um! Groetjes & hou je haaks je liefste Nichtje
pepe_carmona200011-Mar-2007 01:16
felicidades tan buen trabajo
Guest 07-Mar-2007 14:14
I'm going to model some of my work after you in the soon as I get a new camera.
Federico D'IncÓ14-Feb-2007 00:44
Great photos Johan ....tks for sharing !!
Ali Majdfar08-Feb-2007 11:14
Hi Johan,
I must say you have collected one the most amazing pictures of pure tradition especially from Africa. Every bit of your pictures needs to be observed. I admire your efforts and looking forward to see more from you.
Kat04-Feb-2007 00:54
Many beautiful images, thank you for sharing.
If you're not a professional photographer, then you should be. Outstanding work.
All the Best
Guest 04-Jan-2007 15:12
Heey oom! Wat maak je toch mooie foto's! Vind vooral dat ene meisje bij je familiefoto's schitterend! Just kidding... Binnenkort kom ik naar Utrecht, beware! Liefs van je nichtje
aaron 02-Dec-2006 04:44
Hello ,
I love your work it is an eye opener for me. I want to ask you if you had seen any english teaching schools while you were in Ethiopia? I also would like to ask ,how were you treated by the locals in your travels in Ethiopia? Thanks in advance for your reply,
Guest 28-Nov-2006 12:49
I was there with you and I agree with the comments of all the people below. Waarom ga je geen boek uitgeven?
Groeten en tot volgend jaar,
LM Gildersleeve12-Nov-2006 21:13
I've enjoyed your galleries very much. After I found myself writing to many of the images I thought better to write my appreciation here. Thank you for sharing your experiences. This was truly a treat.
Kilkenny Photographic Society12-Nov-2006 01:42
That is i absolute amazing work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just exellent,well done,and u are very lucky been there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest 02-Nov-2006 13:40
thank you for sharing these photos. it is so easy to get busy in the only life you are used to and forget and lose touch with the reality that there are people who wake up in the morning with different priorities for living. these photos of this culture and these peoples lives are so beautiful and enlightening. i truly hope , for the sake of the rest of the worlds children, that your pictures can be used in schoolbooks. hope you have copyrited and published. thanks again.
RafM 27-Oct-2006 21:06
I enjoyed your very atmospheric and excellent captured gallery of people.
Guest 25-Oct-2006 22:24
Such a first-rate photos--you are an artist. If only I could join you as you discover our world. Africa is my second home. You make me long to be there.
Slawek 16-Oct-2006 14:53
Hi Johan, how is possible to travel with you. I'm ready to go with you!
Salah El-Sadek11-Sep-2006 14:29
Hello Johan,
You have superb photos over here, I am so glad to run into your site and for sure I will visit again and again.
Jean-Franšois Hasson 29-Jan-2006 16:58
I've known for only three days. So far I was intererested in the "random" selection by 25 photographers. You come first. Thanks.
Guest 24-Nov-2005 15:53
Guest 07-Nov-2005 18:25
Congratulations! you have such a lovely gallery ... I really liked to see them smiling.
Cheers from Argentina
Guest 07-Aug-2005 15:12
Wonderful essays in light, composition and subject, truly.. I am very interested in knowing your workflow. Are you processing all images from RAW files? If so, whay RAW processor are you using. Many images appear to be from the 70-200 2.8 IS, but even stil (as a 20D owner), I am now able to achieve that degree of sharpness, clarity without some help from Photoshop CS or a RAW processor.
Davide Cocchi27-Jul-2005 10:11
Hi johan, I saw your gallery and I find it very attractive and interesting indeed.
Compliments and regards.
Guest 23-May-2005 02:52
Johan, these two galleries are the most stunning works I have seen on PBase. I think I have looked at each photo at least twice, and can learn something from each one. Not only are they technically and beautifully perfect, but your compositions are so thought provoking and emotional. How incredible it must have been to actually be there! May I ask which lens you have used for your portraits with your 20D? Sue
Guest 01-May-2005 14:15
Hi Johan, your Ethiopian photos jus exelent and very interesting. Can I ask you how much time you spend in Ethiopa. I want to visit Africa next year, Ethiopia is is my thoughts.....
regards Henrik
Guest 22-Apr-2005 01:34
Hi Jonan97, Your photography of Mali and Ethiopia is GREAT.I enjoyed every photographs in your galleries. Daniel B. McNeill
Peter Chou07-Mar-2005 17:00
Absolutely fantastic documentary of Africa! I love the photos of Ethiopia the best! Do take a look at my humble documentary work and I appreciate your advice and comments.
Stefan 02-Mar-2005 22:31
Wonderful photos and really a fantastic composition.
I would like to ask you one technical questions (also an owner of a 20d) - maybe you have the time to write me a short mail with your Email address?

vjk 27-Feb-2005 04:04
Can you show the camera settings for this group of Africa shots as you did with the other group?
Gabby 14-Nov-2004 00:14
Thanks,Johan.I liked it very much.Keep up the good work!!
Liban 13-Nov-2004 07:28
Your pictures provide a different yet rarely seen side of Ethiopia. Many of them dipict iamges of ethnic groups in SOUTHERN regions of Ethiopia. This region has been Ethiopia's version of "Southern Sudan" [where black Africans predominate]. Northern Ethiopia- home of the ruling people also known as Abyssinia- define itself as members of the "Semitic" race of people, that are "supperior", therefore, "born to rule". This northern regions of Ethiopia also constitute the "famine belt" of Ethiopia. The Abyssinians despise the "negroid peoples" of southern Ethiopia and don't want their images to define or represent things Ethiopian. Thanks to your effort, now it is easy to see which part of Ethiopia is POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL!

Thanks, Liban
lorand31-Oct-2004 17:49
Hi Johan...thank you for your comment and message!
Guest 31-Oct-2004 13:58
Hello, It's Vasadi and I desire you know I like your work very much and I thank you share it with me. A hug.
Guest 26-Oct-2004 04:29
You have a great eye -- your portraits are technically excellent, and even more important, they help to show the nature and emotion of the subject. The Ethiopian people pictured here show beauty, strength, and love of family as well as some interesting cultural differences.
kennedy 24-Oct-2004 05:11
Enjoyed your album; you have some wonderful faces in here.
Matt. Kaarma23-Oct-2004 07:40
Beautiful work. You are an artist with a camera and you make the world a nicer place.