In 1981 he cycled the Transamerica trail. During this trip he not only met his future wife Grace Johnson, but also fell in love with photographing the American landscapes, people and the bicycle journey itself. Back in Amsterdam he studied photography at the Fotovakschool Lex Werkheim Instituut and John del Campa Studio.
In the 1990s he began specializing in bicycle imagery and developed a new photographic style; the Little Red Cyclist.
"These images show what it feels like to be a small bicyclist pedaling through the enormous, overpowering landscapes of the world. It is still an exciting theme after all these years and I’m always on the lookout for new photo locations."
Since 1981 Paul and Grace have taken numerous bicycle/photography trips, totaling more than 4 years over 4 continents and in 2010 they set off on a multi-year journey "Bicycling around the world in search of inspiring cycle images". The challenge will be to not only capture the experience of cycle touring but also photograph the diverse bike cultures they pedal through.
"Bike culture is fascinating since it has so many different faces which can be visualized, from Bangladesh, where a bicycle is an important means of earning an income, to the subcultures of the western world with all their communities, activities and shows."
"It’s a thrilling time and we enjoy sharing the result of the photography project on this blog. Every week you can view new images as we travel from one country to another."