Hi! My name is Wynona Bakker, 25 years old.
I’m born and raised in the Netherlands and currently live in The Hague, close to the North Sea.
Growing up in one of the smallest, flattest and most artificial countries, I’ve been interested in wild, remote places and great adventures since I can remember. As a child I mostly spent my time in nature, while horse riding, making photos, drawing, creating art or writing stories. Being half Indonesian, I have been intrigued by other countries, cultures and exiting stories of far away places since a very young age. When I was 7, my parents took me to the Swiss Alps to hike and I was immediately sold. That’s where my love for the great outdoors, untamed landscapes and my urge to travel was born.
When I was 20, I quit my study of Cultural Anthropology at the University to travel for half a year on my own through Asia. There, I realised that I searched for a more creative approach: I wanted to be a storyteller in the broadest sense of the word, to capture and give a voice to people and places from all over the world. I started at the Willem de Kooning, the art academy of Rotterdam. I started as an illustrator and switched to Audiovisual Design in my second year to fully focus on photography and videography. During my internship, my interest in socially engaged topics grew. I followed the specialisation minor in Creative Storytelling at the High School of Utrecht and there I discovered the power of storytelling through theatre, dance and performance. I worked for BNNVARA, a Dutch broadcasting association, as a camera operator, journalist, web content creator and editor. Graduating in Audiovisual Design in July 2021, I’m currently focusing on my graduation film, which will be a creative documentary including dance and performance.1
As a photographer, filmmaker and creative director, I create photo and video content that have an authentic touch and a dreamy feel. Intuition and emotion play a big role in my projects, that often tend to spread awareness, inspire or make you feel something. I love to seek the extraordinary in the ordinary, play with natural light and create meaningful content against a backdrop of wild places and exotic nature. I hope to generate a positive impact on society and leave some magical sparks in this world.