This project is about freckles.
I've been fascinated with freckles since childhood. Only in the summer I had a few small freckles around the nose but I would have liked so much more freckles. I therefore took every opportunity to draw them on my face.
In 2012 I shoot a portrait of a girl with a lot of freckles and became again so fascinated and for that reason I started my large freckle project.
The question for me was what it is that makes me so fascinated about freckles.
Probably my slight autistic impact. In my head I'm a chaot. To create rest in my head I would like to organize everything in my environment. Unfortunately freckles can’t be ordered. This makes freckle faces extremely fascinating for me to look at.
In the spring of 2017 I started to shoot the first portrait for my freckle project. It’s a project with almost 150 portraits.
The portraits are all straight from the front with less of emotion. The reason is to give full attention to the freckles. The portraits are b/w with a slight sepia, the last is a reference to my youth.
In all the portraits, you can see my silhouette in the pupils of their eyes. So I become part of every portrait and all these freckles become a part of myself.
At the end of September 2018 I shot the last portet. I made all these portraits in my living room instead of in my studio. This because I have beautiful Northern Lights in my living room. For this I used a net curtain against the window to filter the light. I myself sat with my back against the window while my model was sitting right in front of me on a stool. Halfway through the room I had stretched a large background cloth. So I had no problems with the sun shining through the back windows.
We almost sat nose to nose. We were only sharpened by my camera. This was quite uncomfortable for many of my models and that's why I took enough time for each photo shoot to put my models at ease.
After I shot my last portrait for this project my family was very happy. Now they finally had the living room again for themselves.
More than 60 portraits have been selected to be bundled into a book. The book will not become an ordinary book but more an art object.
The design is ready to the extent that the bookbinder, lithographer etc. are currently exploring the possibilities concerning cover, paper, etc.
Some of the selected portraits will be used for exhibitions, starting end of spring early summer 2019.