Daily life in the western world is overflowing with stimuli that continuously force our senses to the limit of their abilities. In my photographs I seek to capture the simplicity and tranquility of natural environments and to share my experience of nature’s soul.
I paint with the colors that the natural light gives me. My camera is my brush. My work is often described by others as abstract, impressionist and painterly. My style is distinct and pure, characterized by coarse grain, overexposure, soft focus and the effects created by how I move my camera during the shot. I like experimenting and exploring the limits of what the camera can handle.
I mostly work in nature where I immerse myself in the sights, colors and sounds of the natural surroundings. I am a purist and choose to create the abstract and impressionist effects as seen in my photographs, using only camera settings. Photo software is used only to remove dust or to adjust brightness, contrast and cropping to improve my compositions. I do not use digital editing tools or filters.
The titles of my photos are an important element of the entire work of art. In addition, I often write a short poem to a photo.
I am an autodidactic fine art photographer from the Netherlands, with extensive experience in analog photography, developing and printing in my own darkroom, as well as working with digital cameras.
At the age of twelve, my father gave me my first camera. It was his old camera, an Agfa Click I. Thus he could prevent that I, especially during holidays, continuously asked him to allow me to take a photo with his camera. I still have that Agfa Click I, and a few of the first photos I made with it …
At the age of sixteen I bought my first SLR (Single-lens reflex) camera, at the age of seventeen I wanted to learn to develop and print my own black and white films. Since I didn’t have the money to buy an enlarger, I built one myself of wood and used the lens of my camera.
In the past few years, after quitting my demanding job in facilities management and real estate, I focused on simple, natural living. This new way of living is reflected in my work; I am exploring the simpleness and the stillness of pure, natural environments with my camera.
I was born in Gouda, the Netherlands in 1959. I currently live with my wife and dog in Nijmegen and partly in a small farmhouse in the Danish Thy region in North West Jutland. The special light and colors in this coastal area of Denmark inspired me to develop my current style. My photographs are being exhibited around the world and have been sold to collectors in The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Australia and the Unites States of America.
Also you can see and buy some of my my work in the art shop Design Agger in the town Agger, North Jutland, Denmark, and in the art gallery Galleria d’arte di MEGA ART in the town of Corchiano (VT), Italy.
The photos are for sale, as open edition art prints or in a limited edition of 4 signed and numbered large prints and 10 signed and numbered small prints, with a certificate of authenticity. See the page Info & pricing for the various options, sizes and prices.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
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