artist statement

What would it be like if we, like nature, automatically move with the seasons within ourselves. See what is possible and do what is achievable, in every season.

We live in such a hectic and fast-paced world that we hardly take the time to perceive and register anything properly. Even before we can absorb a landscape or a flower with attention, or immerse ourselves in something simple and wonderful as the sky, we are already working on the next thing.

Pure beauty, I can find in nature as well as in poetry, literature or philosophy, as well as genuine attention are the sources from which I draw inspiration when it comes to photography.

With my camera, I take the time to look differently and to see more, hence connecting with the landscape. With my camera I try to slow down time in order to take a closer look and to establish a real connection with the object or the landscape I want to photograph. This connection is necessary in order to get to the emotions and sensations this object or landscape evokes in me. In this process all I need is time and stillness in order to figure out what those emotions are telling me and how to translate that into an image.

An emotion is like an abstract feeling: you don’t always know where it comes from and what it represents. But it is there and you want to hold it, whether it is evoked by the view of a tree or the sensation of a gust of wind. Based on the emotions I recognise in myself, images emerge that refer to essential themes such as consciousness, being, energy, desire, existence and meditation. These images invite the viewer to explore her or his own memories, emotions and desires.

Thanks to this process of enlarging and slowing down I create an abstraction from reality in order to gain an eye for the small and ephemeral. Because only there you feel the simplicity, the layering and wonder that are the essence of my work. And it is my way to try and see what is possible and do what is achievable, in every season. Whether in myself or in nature.

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