I started writing online content -in the form of interviews- when I was working in the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam, in 2015.
The Lloyd Hotel, a historical monument, with an innovative exhibition space welcomed many cultural guests. A dynamic and interesting mix of guests; artists, designers, art students, musicians from all over the world.
Many guests had an interesting story to tell.
Being passionate about art and culture I connected with them and their stories. What brought them to Amsterdam? What is their background?
These interesting stories often remained invisible.
Inspired by these encounters I did short interviews called ‘The Elevator Stories’. To make their stories visible. Published online on Lloyd Hotel’s website and now here.
My first interview was with a photographer from another continent who came to Amsterdam because he won the Pride Photo Award. With an impressive series of black and white photo’s of his relation with the religious environment he grew up in. I was fascinated by his personality and his artwork.
I couldn’t publish it, it would have been to dangerous for him. He was afraid of more online threats. The culture, religion and environment he grew up would not approve of his sexual orientation. They didn’t know for which reason he came to Amsterdam.
And so I continued, with other stories!
Since 2018 the hotel has new owners and the Cultural Embassy is no longer part of the hotel. My blog will move on as does my fascination for interesting content in the world of art!