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.
I 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 these times that are 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, my own voice. I take these words with me when I go out with my camera, because when, if I commit to them, the images follow automatically. Soon after I started doing that, I saw landscapes of the soul begin to appear in my 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, although 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 - is not easy. It remains a constant challenge to look for it and to step out of there into the world.