After I was selected to exhibit at Rotterdam Photo, I made the decision to keep it simple and just show one photo. Since I prefer to work with series of photos, it was a challenge to come up with an image which was able to tell a story on it’s own. The choice for one image would mean that all the attention went to the depicted person. For most of the time these images are just pictures on my screen, but now I was about the print someone, an absolute stranger to me, at a very large scale canvas. I felt responsible for the person I photographed. Would she be recognized?!
As you can probably imagine, I felt exited to see the image for the first time. It was really big, bigger than life size. People passed by walking over the pavement. It was great to see one of my own images in this street scenery, visible for every passant. The printed image will soon be in my possession and I will start looking for new opportunities to exhibit it. So if you know a good place to show it, just let me know!
Right now the photo festival is over, but next year it will come back I guess. It was great to be part of this and I’m thankful for the people who’ve made it possible. And to answer the question, as far as I know, nobody recognized the girl on the photo. Not yet…
About 8 years ago I took part in Fotogroep de Purmer. At that time I was mostly discovering the technical side of photography. This was the place where I found out that I wanted to study at an art academy. Recently they invited me to talk about my “life story” as they called it. It felt like an honor and as well a challenge to create a presentation about my photography, so I accept to do it.
The story I told was about how I progressed from passionate to professional photographer and how I made steps forward. During my presentation I asked some questions like: “How did you became interested in photography?” and “What makes a good photograph for you?”. Knowing the last one can be really hard to answer, I had great fun hearing all the opinions and seeing happen the discussion it stimulated.
For me it was a real trip down memory lane. Mostly I think of now and the future, but it was actually very motivational to look back and see the sometimes tortuous path I’ve taken. All in all, I would do it again if I get the opportunity.
Thanks Fotogroep de Purmer for having me!
My commuter photographs will be shown at Rotterdam Photo 2017!
This years theme IDENTITY explores the use of photography as a tool to reframe perspectives on the forming of identity in our contemporary image culture. It is an exhibition in public space where a broad selection of photographers will showcase their portrait work. There will be photo-talks and walks as well. I see this festival as a great opportunity to show my work in a context that fits to my images; public space. Thanks Rotterdam Photo! Let’s see how it turns out.
Feel free to send me a message so we can meet.
Thursday 9th Feb 17.00 - 21.00
Friday 10th Feb 12.00 - 21.00
Saturday 11th Feb 11.00 - 19.00
Sunday 12th Feb 11.00 - 19.00