You are looking into the twinkling eyes of Mathilde and Henk. I spotted them as he was energetically trying to get her wheelchair over a bump in the pavement at the IJ-Hallen. After they had navigated the obstacle, I caught up with them.
Mathilde told me she wasn’t constantly in a wheelchair and by way of demonstration, immediately stood up. She was happy to pose along with Henk and does so often. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf took her picture and Grazia invited her to take part in their street catwalk. ‘It’s because she’s so “photochemical”,’ Henk explained. The media attention inspired him to start an album on his private Facebook page called ‘Out and about with Mathilde’ which currently features over sixty pictures of her in various settings.