Award-winning photographer Ivo Kerssemakers took an unexpected path. He was born in the Netherlands and raised in Amsterdam, where he started his own software business. In 1997 he moved to the United States and continued to work as a software developer throughout the country before settling in Murrells Inlet, SC.
In 2015 he began pursuing his passion for photography professionally. His signature work consists of long-exposure photography, with an emphasis on clean, surrealistic, minimalist type imagery. The long-exposure technique means he uses neutral density filters up to 16 stops to achieve exposure times of over 4 minutes in bright daylight.
Ivo pays careful attention to the way landscapes change in different lighting and weather conditions and will revisit locations throughout the years to see how they change. He is currently focusing on the Charleston area and in particular Botany Bay, as well as working on architectural series in London, Amsterdam and New York.
He prioritizes using the highest quality sustainable materials for printing and framing, and he specializes in large-scale works. Venues where his work can be seen include Lowcountry Artists Gallery in Charleston, MISC-Everything Murrells Inlet Gallery, and Waccamaw Boulevard Gallery in Myrtle Beach.