Ilse was born on Christmas Eve 1976 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium.
At the age of 14 she got her first camera – an Olympus AZ-330 – from her father, to document her travels. Ilse kept using that single-lens reflex camera (SLR) alongside her first digital camera – a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1 – well into the mid 2000’s.
Over the years, Ilse has become quite a globetrotter. She has visited over 40 countries (including: Croatia, Iceland, US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Tunisia, Namibia, China, Japan, Mongolia, Australia and New-Zealand) and set foot on every continent on this planet. An achievement she is really proud of! Ilse now uses a Nikon D90, a Nikon D900 and a variety of lenses to capture those special memories.
In March 2015 Ilse boarded an expedition cruise to the South Pole. For two weeks she cruised to and around the Antarctic peninsula. She came back from the experience with thousands of pictures of ice, landscapes and fauna and flora. Ilse wanted to share her adventure. So, in October 2015 she hosted her first exhibition on her polar voyage.
The exposition was a success and has led to a lecture on the topic and now to the labels for the Antarctica Series of Mark & Manny’s Malts (http://www.mmmalts.com/).