In response to my graduation project on IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) I was approached by ME/CVS Stichting Nederland. They asked me to photograph 12 covers for their new information brochures, in the form of 12 portraits of different people with ME/CFS.

The portraits are colorful and emphasize hope and positivity, rather than showing how unfortunate the illness is. I have photographed these people with something that means a lot to them, and despite this unfortunate illness, gives them a positive outlook on life.

ME/CFS is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is a non-congenital, chronic and complex multi-system disease. People with ME/CFS are not only exhausted and tired, but also have other chronic complaints, including (often) pain.

Source: ME/CVS Stichting Nederland.