I am Merijn Yona, or Yona for short.
In the beginning of 2012, I became a shortlisted photographer for the World Photography Organisation (WPO) 2012 Youth Awards. Which triggered me to do something with my collection:
This website is the End-(work-in-progress)-Result!
To me photography is about two things, firstly, the simple capturing of outward and inward curiosities of where one finds him -or her-self and secondly, about the esthetics of framing images, concepts or ideas behind the content of an image. Therefore, I regard my camera sometimes as a scientific instrument with which I experiment in order to learn more about the natural and humanistic world around me. Whereas I also consider my camera a tool to effectively capture stories, atmospheres, icons, trends or memories.
How I got into photography, is through reading books and watching documentaries of various photographers like Anton Corbijn, Jay Maisel, Eugène Atget or Eugene Smith, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Maier, William Klein, Ansel Adams.
But for inspiration, I try to adopt many lenses through which the world can be observed – which can often be only found in books and online content that is not related to photography at all.
If you wish to view a few more of my Collections, I have also started making themed series:
and photographic documentaries about short trips or adventures: