For the last 30 years, I have worked as a commercial photographer. And since 2013 I have focused on art photography. It has been a fascinating and challenging journey, and I’m sure I haven’t arrived yet.
One of the main things I discovered I had to face, was the loss of control. In fact, as an artist, one has to be able to step back and sort of let the spirit take over. If you’re too much in control, your work will be a “head thing”. Whereas when you just facilitate the process and let the project work with you, it often comes all by itself. One of my significant influencers Ansel Adams put it this way:
Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.
The image is already there; one just has to be present and observant to see it.
One of my main areas of interest is the relation between man and the surrounding environment. Especially our tendency to leave traces behind. Sometimes subtle, sometimes very monumental, although perhaps not intentional. I rarely have people in my photographs, but they’re always present by what they’ve left behind. I’m interested in the story behind a construction that once served a specific purpose, but now is the only remnant of a larger structure. What does it tell about the people who built it? What does it say about those who didn’t tear it down?
I’m exploring how society influences us, and how we impact society. What’s the mechanism behind a simple line painted on the ground, that makes all people react in the same predictable way? How do these negotiated agreements arise? Are we self-determined? Or are we just pawns in somebody else game?
These things I’m interested in.
2015 The Brick Lane Gallery, London.
2016 The Art Space, Bristol.
2017 Galleri LB, Copenhagen.