About us

Hi, and welcome to MAYA.1011001. We’re Maya Fridman and Brendon Heinst. Maya is a classical cellist from Russia, and Brendon is a Dutch photographer and recording engineer. We found each other through music and photography, and have been married for a little over three years now.

During the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, we found ourselves wanting to create a project together that would challenge us. At our first photoshoot outside after having been confined to our home for more than a month, we decided we would launch a project where we will create 101 portraits of Maya in 1001 days. Every ten days a new one, for 2 years, 8 months, and 26 days. And at risk of making things even more challenging, we decided that every of these 101 pictures will be totally unique in its own regard.

The project started on April 5th 2020 and will end on January 1st 2023. On the latter date, we will publish a book with fine art prints of all the images, stories behind the photographs, and to top it all off, a unique CD album with music by Maya, recorded by Brendon. The album will be exclusively available through purchase along with the book.

We welcome you to join us in this challenge, by following us on Instagram or Facebook. In our blog, you’ll find more stories behind the shots we took, as well as other updates.