Life of Steen
11 Jan, 2023
This is a story about a man who chose to be a nomad for life. When I met Steen in 2019, he was still living on his ship. He had moored his ship for the weekend at a dock in Amsterdam where I live. I felt immediately intrigued by his characteristic appearance and the feeling of freedom that showed in his eyes. We became friends and Steen started to tell me about his life full of adventure and freedom, mooring his ship wherever he felt at home. Steen had made his ship completely self supported and sustainable so he was not dependent on anyone and could go wherever he wanted to be. A year later he had to give up this lifestyle. Due to his poor health, old age and lack of money, he had to sell his ship. This was his home for 43 years. Always afraid of a life ashore, he now lives in an old campervan on a piece of land without running water and electricity. Here he tries to build a new selfsupporting life and tries to feel at home. But there isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t long for his old life.
Ingeborg Everaerd is a visual storyteller from Amsterdam, Netherlands. She graduated successfully from the Photo Academy in 2019 with her series Búsqueda, a story about her adopted son. Her work has been frequently exhibited and published in the Netherlands and abroad. Ingeborg just finished a 2 year Masterclass with Klavdij Sluban in Paris.