Landscape Photographer Willem Vermeer Exhibiting at Artmiabo International Art Festival AMIAF Lagos, 2022

By - Miabo Enyadike

Profile of Landscape Photographer Willem Vermeer        

Willem Vermeer
Willem Vermeer

Willem, is a photographer of the Lagos sea shores and an environmentalist. In the last few years he has curated Artmiabo
Exhibitions and this year, he is in charge of curating the festival.

His photos tell a story about Lagos which is an Island with several beaches in its shores, where 'Lagosians' as the people of Lagos are referred too, all go to relax and unwind leaving the hustle and bustle behind.


Willem Vermeer is a retired marketing professional from the Netherlands with over 35 years’ experience with over 20 years in Nigeria. He has a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Economics from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands (1976).

Willem Vermeer

From 1976 to 1999, he worked in various European Marketing & Sales and Research Management positions for International companies like Rank Xerox, Beiersdorf NV (Nivea), Friesland Dairy Foods (now Royal Friesland Campina) and GFK/IRI Market Research.

He has contributed to the growth of international and national brands such as Rank Xerox, Nivea, L’Oréal, Peak Milk, Three Crowns Milk to mention a few whilst he also held several management positions in construction and agricultural organizations.

Willem Vermeer

Vermeer has utilized his experience and extensive practical knowledge as an independent consultant for entrepreneurs and new organisations entering Nigeria. 

His journey into the world of photography began as a hobby that has now grown into a passionate and tireless quest to document ‘moments of life and nature’.

Willem Vermeer

Vermeer is a passionate humanitarian who also currently curates some Nigerian artists as well as supports a Nigerian based football academy. 

Artist’s Statement

I am an enthusiastic photographer of life, people, nature, land- and sea-scapes, pollution and more.

Photography for me is a way of trying to bring out “moments” such that the image reveals a kind of beauty and emotions that people don’t often see nor are aware of, ordinarily.

To watch subjects through a lens forces you to isolate it but what is most important, at that instance, is to be conscious of what makes your shot not just a “picture” but an “image”. 

So, I am patient enough to watch what is happening around me before I shoot. Actually, what I have observed is that behind my camera I am a totally different person.


 We look forward to Willems Seascape and Landscape Photography at the ARTMIABO INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL, LAGOS NIGERIA, 202229TH APRIL - 1ST MAY 2022.




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