Since I graduated in 1997 at the Rietveld academy in Amsterdam, I have developed my own unique style of Photography. My work is made during long walks in the city and its outskirts. I worked in such various places as Las Vegas, Sevilla, Bankok, Londen, New York and Brussels.
Chaos is the terrain in which I make my best photographs. Inside the complexity of the city, I’m looking for “black holes” or “non-places”, where color, light, materials, lines and strange objects play together inside the frame of my camera. I don’t see my pictures as pure registration; instead I feel a strong connection with painting and music.
My work is about mood,color, atmosphere and with that, the notion of” things left behind”, or to put it in a more precise way: “things and places that remain unnoticed in our hectic, everyday lives”. This is a way of imagemaking that I have tried to master and develop through the years, and still I find myself looking for decaying old showers, the light in an empty street and the loneliness of a broken car.
My portraits are made in the same way, more or less. Here also natural light and atmosphere play a big role in the images. I most of the time try to make pictures in which the person being portrayed, is looking out of the camera, so that the outcome of the image looks something like a posed film-still. The person is lifted out of the background, while the background remains important for the image itself. In the end I try to stay as close as possible to my original way of thinking, which maybe defies itself best as: seeing one thing in everything and seeing everything in one thing, or: seeing the importance of the seemingly unimportant.
Some demo versions of music i make
drums: Mark van den Driest, Bass: Rik Hansen, Vocals and piano’s: Maarten van Schaik