A book 27 years in the making
Matthijs is our Dutch Crocodile Dundee. He is the most passionate herper you’ll ever meet. He has traveled the world through ice capped mountains and arid deserts to capture the rarest and most endangered reptiles and amphibians, from the rain forests of Cameroon to the Dragon Island of Komodo. Matthijs is an award-winning photographer who has been featured on National Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Netflix ,The Guardian, Time Magazine and Discovery channel - just to name a few of his appearances.
“Sometimes there are rumors about some rare or strange animal, sometimes some vague photos or drawings and sometimes I’m just guessing that the area is so unexplored that there must be a species that nobody has ever seen.”
Fueled by his strong childhood passion, Matthijs has been photographing amphibians for the last 27 years. Despite a good number of dangerous encounters, Matthijs pushes on, he is relentless when it comes to photographing these creatures in their habitats. Through his lens, he pursues a life long quest of capturing the astounding diversity of the animal kingdom.
The incredible diversity of the unknown
Matthijs owns a vast collection of reptile and amphibian photographs. He has photographed more than 1500 species over his career. During this photographic project, he also has a mission: he wants to counteract common stereotypes about snakes and reptiles: he wants us to abandon the fear and negative thoughts we associate with these slithery friends. Matthijs builds a close relationship with his subjects when photographing them - we aim for you to do the same and be astonished rather than fearful.
The selection process
In COLD INSTINCT, Matthijs has selected his greatest shots and the most extraordinary species he came across, to showcase a comprehensive selection of his work. His aim is to capture the pure essence of the animals, he does that by completely removing the environment and habitat. He wants to leave us with simplicity, what’s left is the bizarre beauty of the animals.