About Wil Thimister

A Dutchman, working for a German IT company, living in Malaysia and taking pictures in the most exotic places in Southeast Asia. Not a common combination.

I've always had an interest in photography. It was in the early eighties that I bought my first SLR, a Ricoh XR7. I learned basic photography techniques such as the rule of thirds and leading lines. But film was not my thing as I missed the direct feedback one now experiences with digital. So the SLR ended up in the cupboard.

My photography really beefed up after moving to Malaysia and connecting with a group of avid travel photographers (www.photosafari.com.my). Together we explored the most beautiful places in Asia.

What makes Asia so different than the Western world is the sheer diversity of cultures, religion, landscapes, the rich history and its people. Life in the rural areas is tough, as food for the next day is the most important thing on their mind.   

Religion and beliefs are weaved through daily life. Landscapes are incredibly wonderful and stunning. The people have beautiful characteristics, hardened by the harsh and basic life. This is why I find Asia such a fascinating place to take photographs. Living in this part of the world, having a western background, is something that changes you. More than ever I realize I was lucky to have grown up in a place with good health care, education, sufficient food etc. This awareness made us start charity projects in Cambodia. Click here to read about the two projects that my wife and I have run in Cambodia.