As a child I used to draw a lot, draw and combine. And that’s what I do now with photography.
I use my photo camera like a painter uses paint or pastel. We can faithfully adhere to the observation, but we also have the option of creating our own visual representation according to our own insight. And that is what I prefer to do; combine different elements for meaning or composition into something new. I really want to create and build up the image. I photograph everything myself. That is a requirement. Sometimes my images are surreal and other times hyper-realistic.
Because of my historical subjects, lighting and use of light, my images also look sometimes like painted illustrations. That slight hesitation, due to the completely composed photographic image, makes the images a little alienating, which makes one look more closely. I hope to create curiosity and accessibility.
My photographic artworks are small quests for connecting time and space. From the present, the past, but also the future and the underlying influence on each other.
Often one image provides several stories and consists literally and figuratively of different layers. Often they evoke a sense of sentiment, a longing for beauty and a deeply human sense of all that is of value. With my images I show how it was or could have been, but also what’s still there and how it can become. That we may cherish what’s still there and can stand still and learn from what has been. Is there something you can change and what are your standards and values?
Growing up in a small village in Friesland, in the Netherlands I spent a lot of time outside in nature as a child: exploring myself. I notice that things that are self-evident to me are not self-evident for everyone. Many of my generation and those of my parents lead hectic lives where unrest and alienation are increasingly tangible. The pressure to perform is high and people further stray from themselves, the environment and nature. I often wonder, do we know our own identity? Do we know where we come from? Does that have an influence and how deeply rooted is it? Do we know the vulnerability of nature and humans and the mutual interaction and influence? Do we know why something looks the way it does, who / what is behind that historical (street / water / region) name?
My work has references to painting traditions and to the earlier culture in general. Identity, history and nature are the common subjects in my work.
I would like to take the viewer into my view of the world, my passion, fascination and stories and that people, consciously or unconsciously, take something, a feeling, a message or recognition from my images and stand still, look and dream away.