PEARS IN THE AFTERNOON
Originally a fine artist, I swapped my brushes for a camera and my colours for photochemistry. That’s how the ‘paintings’ that I never painted emerged.
In wet plate photography, an old photographic process, I found a suitable medium to bring my images into being. Due to its very analogue nature, its distorting effects, its slow unfolding and its staging, the wet plate process comes very close to the process of painting. At the same time, I use the so-called objectivity of photography to develop my own artistic imagery.
My artistic focus is on the portrait in the broadest sense: I’m always looking for the special quality of my subject, whether person, prop or situation.
For me, it is never about the portrait of an individual, it’s about the portrait of the human being per se.