2020. The year in which our lives have changed.
What will it do to us if part of our freedom is restricted? If we cannot travel far. If we lack perspective. How do we deal with that, what do we look for and where do we find comfort? This search for a way of dealing with a new worldview intrigues me and inspires me to create images.
Almost immediately I see a process in front of me with turning inwards as the first step. Turning in by walking in nature, sitting, staring or reading. Some kind of meditation. What do I see in front of me? I see compassion, I dream and experience freedom after those first 'meditations'. By separating myself visibly or invisibly, I am able to see my desires. These are often lonely moments when I am called upon to surrender and give space to my desires and dreams. By this surrender, by allowing the ignorance and by ignoring my fears, I can see, move and dream freely again from a silent optimism.
The photo series join the unknown slowly takes shape by observing what is going on inside me. This observation asks me to look for the purity of my desires, for how I want to live and how my own freedom can take shape in it.
With my camera I walk into nature en start to capture those words, feelings and search. While photographing I discover that, by connecting with not knowing, I am able to move towards and move in my desires again, in order to experience a form of inner freedom.
In the past year our lives have been put in a different light. The series join the unknown gives me hope, a new perspective and inner freedom.