I used to live close to the sea. Now that I no longer live near it, I occasionally feel the need to go there. The Dutch Wadden Sea is the closest to my home. It is not a “real” sea – it is just an intertidal zone. A shallow body of water with mudflats and wetlands. It is a landscape which constantly changes before your eyes, maybe by a certain incidence of light or simply how the wind blows. What attracts me in this landscape is the natural process of change and the continuation of time, both of which are very visible here.
A few years ago, I started to make photographs around the Wadden Sea.
Each image shows the present and, at the same time, the past. All the images are made with a homemade pinhole camera, as using the pinhole technique is one of the most authentic ways to record photographic images.
The white line is caused by moving the camera facing the sun for a few seconds after the exposure. Through this white line I am trying to show a world in which expiring time is visual and connects with the unknown and a reality that lies beyond.
When I first started this project I just wanted to capture the landscape, but the images turned out to show my own feelings towards this landscape and life in general. The landscape makes me think about the transient nature of life and the mystery of our existence.
The cyclic movement of time and water as an important aspect of our human existence and as the most mysterious thing there is.
I am a Dutch photographer. I studied at the Academy of Arts Minerva, Groningen in The Netherlands where I still live and work. The landscape is the central theme in my work; it enables a different concept of time and always provokes my imagination.