Hi! I'm Danny and I'm the artist behind Studio Yuki :) I'm a photographer who loves to travel, to find beauty in the unexpected and who likes to add a touch of magic to everything in life!
My love for photography all began with my dad. I remember him, hanging upside down from a cliff in Switzerland trying to photograph a tiny little Edelweiss, only to find he forgot to put a film in his camera ;) I watched him curiously while he used different lenses and filters to create certain moods. I wasn't so much interested in the technical details, I just wanted to create and capture moods, feelings, magic and stories.
As a small child I was already passionate about stories. Writing stories of my own became my first love. I loved to read and spend a lot of time dwelling around in fantasy worlds, some created by beloved writers, some I made up myself. Even nowadays I need to pull myself away from the world once in a while and relax in my cosy hammock on top of a lush, green hill in Peter Pan's Neverland, overlooking the bay where the mermaids live and the pirates load their ship. Sometimes it's just better to live in your head instead of in the outside world.
When I was in high school I became interested in drawing and painting, while still writing and taking photographs with my first SLR. I followed several art classes and decided I wanted to go to art school, which I did, but that wasn't the right place for me at that time. I missed my books and my stories and couldn't find time to do the things I really liked, I had the feeling I was only making things to please others. So I quit and studied Dutch Language and Literature instead. Something very different, but a very good choice at that time in my life. I had a wonderful time and got to spend several more years dwelling in stories!
Ever since I graduated, which was in 2001 (imagine that!), I've been on a search. I tried many things and had many jobs, which all were fun in some way, but I just couldn't keep still. I had to move on, explore and find that something I was looking for. It appears I needed a complete mental breakdown to achieve that. This happened a couple of years ago and it was a horrible time, but looking back I'm ever so grateful for it to happen. It was exactly what I needed to learn not to live to please others, to look within myself to find what makes me happy as a person. Finally I picked up photography again and I have used my camera every day since! I've learned so much in the last few years and I hope to share some of these things with you. I became a full time artist in the past year and though it has not made me rich, it made me happy beyond measure.
I try to tell stories with my art. Stories that can have a different meaning to each person that sees it, but stories nonetheless. I hope to make you dream, smile, explore, see the world for the magical place it can be, if you only want to see it. Tell you stories of faraway places, of beautiful people, of enchanted castles and forests unknown. If I can make you experience either of these things, I'm perfectly happy :)
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for reading about little old me (aren't you bored yet?). Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have a question or a remark, I do like mail :)