ABOUT ANNEMARIE

“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”— Maya Angelou

Bio

Annemarie Hoogwoud (1962), born and raised in Amsterdam, lives and works in the north of the country, in Friesland. She is 15 years old when her neighbour takes her into his world of landscape photography. Since then, the camera has not left her life.   

After completing the professional photography course at the Dutch Fotovakschool in Apeldoorn in the late 1990s, she follows various in-depth courses in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

In those early years she is mainly concerned with photographing the landscape. Gradually that started to change and she started shooting what touches her, using the landscape as a means of expressing how she looks and feels, in a more abstract way.

In 2018 she published her book The Quest – a photographic journey based on the novel Night train to Lisbon. 

Annemarie creates independent work, works on commission, gives lectures, organizes workshops and exhibits in galleries.


Artist statement

'by taking the time you'll see more and look differently'

We live in a rushed world. Everything seems to be happening at a fast pace. As a result taking the time for something shifts far into the background. It is a pace that challenges me to deal with, to continue to follow my own path and rhythm and to slow down, because it is necessary. After all, by taking the time I will see more and look differently.

Taking time is the common thread in my work. By taking my time, I slow down my pace and seek the silence and imagine what touches me. 

For me the landscape is a means of expressing how I look and feel about what touches me. The way a painter uses brush and paint, I paint with the landscape and my camera to create my, mostly abstract, images. I find my inspiration in poetry, literature and philosophy. One of the characteristics of my work, perhaps because of this, is a softness and layering, in which I subtly combine color and expressiveness.

In a sometimes hectic, restless and hard world, my wish is that my images inspire you to stand still, evoke an emotion and invite you to reflect on what is seen.

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photo: Jeannette Wouthuis Fotografie


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