Since my return to Friesland I have started to wonder what 'home' actually means to me and how that feeling manifests itself in my photography. I found myself starting to see 'home' in a different context. The abundance of water and the open and wide character of Friesland make it a place for me, a landscape in which I feel comfortable. At the same time, I also see 'home' in the sense of being at home with myself, that is, more in harmony with my environment.
In believe that when we are more at home with ourselves, there will be less fear and aggression in the world, and the world can live more in harmony. We currently live in hectic, troubled and uncertain times. It is precisely this time that is the source of inspiration for me to depict the theme 'home' as a counterpart to the unrest and uncertainty.
'Home' evokes all kinds of images and words in me: emotion, awakening, intuition, dreams, intimacy, life, your own voice. I take those words with me when I go out with my camera, because when if I commit to that, the images follow automatically. Soon after I started doing that, I saw landscapes of the soul appear in my first images.
The series Landscapes of the soul shows the different experiences of the soul, the steps that lead to awareness: from "embrace the emotion" to "song of life". Ideally, this is also the sequence, but in my life those steps often get mixed up, so that I find myself in one and then in the other landscape of the soul.
Coming home to myself, in the landscape of my soul - that is not easy. It remains a constant challenge to look for it and to step out of there into the world.