an introduction

a brief overview of my favourite photographs, selected randomly, for those who haven’t got the time to go through all the portfolios

As a photographer I work mainly with the following themes: abstract, architecture, portraits, landscape, man and nature. It’s hard to find all these combined in one photograph, such is a rarity, because most of the time I don’t construct, but discover. My photographs are therefore no composite units or compositions that are made in the studio and/or in the digital light room.

Most of the photographs that you see in my portfolios are taken during regular discovery tours. I take my camera along to the Amsterdam IJ and create pictures of what seems to me a beautiful composition. Or I’m in a museum and see an inspiring sculpture. I travel to the volcanic island of Santorini in Greece and see how man affects nature.

You will find photographs from many different countries and cities. This will continue in the future, for I will be travelling to never visited places year in year out.

Only my portrait photography is staged now and then.

I am searching for combinations of the aforementioned themes, such as in the photographs with the title “A Human Zip shows Nature his Abstract Expression”, in which I try to capture architecture and raw nature in one image. I refer here to the work of the abstract expressionist painter Barnett Newman. So I do create, whenever I encounter similar viewpoints, photographs which are inspired by his work.

In fact, most of my creative work is about the human [dis]comfort in relation to nature and our desire to impose our will on it, to intervene in the biological world and make all culturally determined [that is human]. Man can be seen as an insecure, doubting finder, discoverer, influencer, manipulator and co-creator…

Photographs titled “Door Closed [Waiting to be Opened]” refers to our closed attitude to the true nature which lies hidden inside of us. It’s title comes from Aldous Huxley’s famous book: “Doors of Perception”. With these photographs, I like to clarify symbolically that we [that is the cultural man] live our lives increasingly in a closed system and have turned our backs to nature. The doors should be opened for a fresh breeze. Broaden your horizons, I actually want to say.

In my landscape photography I am looking for the “tensions” between nature and human interference. However in the last years I just register it the way it is: plain and straightforward photography, for example in the portfolio “burned earth”, which I made in the summer of 2020.

When you study my photography, you will find out that I find all kinds of inspiration from other artists as Yves Klein, Alexander Rodchenko, Barnett Newman, or at least I am looking in the surrounding environment for images in which I recognise these masters.

In 2019 I travelled with my friend Betsy Green to Brittany and Normandy, France, to be inspired by the French impressionist painter Claude Monet. The works I made there can be found in the portfolio with the title: “a la recherche du temps claude monet”, a title inspired by the French writer Marcel Proust. We expect to do more “travelogue photography” together in the nearby future.

Almost every photograph I have made has not been choreographed and are made just as they are presented here, only a few minor photoshop adjustments are done. Pure registration of reality is starting point, but then again, man is a manipulator.

I am a lover of nature and flowers above anything else, so that’s why I make work under the name:The Earth is Flowering.

You can contact me for a commission or to order a limited professional print. The latter you can do through the web shop.

Also I like to meet characteristic people who love to be portrayed by me.

 

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