My name is Wendy de Boer, born in 1975 in Alkmaar, in the Netherlands. I was a flight attendant for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for 20 years. In 2016, in addition to my job, I entered a part-time photography course at the photo academy in Amsterdam. Soon after that I funded my project Shoot with a Local in June 2017. I meet photographers but also filmmakers around the world, who focus on unique photo and film projects. I join photo team ups with them. Together we learn about photography, filmmaking, culture, global themes and above all we learn about the world as it is today.
The compelling stories the photographers entrusted me with and the meaningful photo projects they introduced me to, inspired me to record our special encounters. This has resulted in 8 film documentaries so far.
People around me easily give me the label of photographer or filmmaker and a darious woman, who travels the world with her car ‘Hopper’ named after her Rooftop tent. But I would prefer to describe myself as a talent scout with a camera in search for social change makers with a camera.
Wendy – Shoot with a Local is an intercultural film project in which I would like to give a voice to photographers, but also filmmakers, who dedicate all their love and time to bridge the gap between those who have a voice and those who need one. This is not just another travel-photography video vlog series to show only the beauty and perfection of this world, but with this documentary series, I set out to explore the driving forces behind creators who are a role model in our westernized countries. It’s important to me to show how photographers and filmmakers create work that questions our vision and understanding of the world.
The reason why I gave up my life in The Netherlands in November 2019 is that I felt a strong need to a deeper commitment to my life’s project and develop it to the next level of storytelling.
Like for most of us, the pandemic has been a very transformative time for me and my project as well. Therefore I had to go back to the drawing table and design an new film format to be able to continue to making the film documentaries in our ‘New World’
You will find all info about it in my upcoming crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. please follow me there and support me if you can.
It would mean the world to me…
Thank you so much!
Much love Wendy