What I do

As an autodidact I think in images. I prefer to visualise a “story” behind a picture instead of going through lengthy texts (sorry teacher..).  

I started with film and photography in the time when I was organising worldwide, adventurous events with Camel Trophy Land Rovers. The adventure, the unknown, the travels and the capturing of story-telling images ended up becoming my passion. Gradually I immersed myself into the commercial world of filmmaking and photography and it is here that I feel truly at home, just like a fish in water. No wonder that my zodiac sign is a fish.

I forgot to tell you about my passion for sport (you could say I am a bit of a sports and health freak) and I am crazy enough to jump into an ice bath once a week! In addition, I meditate and still enjoy interior design, which I studied years ago. I love architecture and I enjoy renovating and redecorating at home. I’m also a big animal lover and animals bring out the softer side in me.

May I invite you to have a look at my portfolio? Do you like it? Did something catch your eye or do you perhaps have a job for me? I’d love to hear from you, whatever the challenge may be.

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MARCEL PRIVATELY:

There’s another version of me as I am an identical twin.

As a four-year-old boy my only dream was to become a professional football player. After many hours of practise and football selections for FC Utrecht, Feyenoord and local teams, I decided to drop out…

… also because most of my time was spent on my other love: mixing of music. Together with my two turntables and mix panel I toured through the country. 

Any money I earned with this, was spent straight away at the import record store of Kareltje in Utrecht.

At the age of eighteen I bought my first car for 100,- guilders.

In 1998, I participated in the Rainforest Challenge in the jungle of Malaysia, you could say it was Camel Trophy new style.

The year after, I went to Ghana with Julia Samuel and David Robbertson for a Dutch TV channel called Veronica. This trip, called ‘drive against malaria’, gained much fame in the media and I personally think this was one of the most impressive trips. Not because of the media attention nor the beautiful nature, but because of our visits to local hospitals. The encounters with patients who were infected with malaria and/or HIV deeply touched me.

Throughout the years I have travelled through many countries and been to many continents. My network in the travel and event industry is widespread, as is my network in the photography and film industry. 

Contact

Marcel Bettonville
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