Last year I made some portraits of a colleague who wanted to move out his appartment. His room was already almost empty, so the blank wall would be enough as a background. After the pictures were taken I planned to leave a lot of space to the spectator so everyone could come up with his or her own idea’s on the mood or thoughts of the portrayed man. Later I was playing with different sentences one could actually move so that this would show how it’s in the eye of the beholder (hence the title) how you perceive an image. However I did not find suitable sentences and so the pictures stayed nameless. The sentences somehow brought me to pop art because I imagined them in balloons surrounding the man. This is how Andy Warhol entered my arena. I decided to use quotes of him, playing with his artistic way to see things. In my opinion this works very well. If you are curious: have a look at the whole set: Eye of the beholder.
Everybody must have a fantasy. Andy Warhol
Today I went to the hospital to put the March-portrait on the wall. I took it one week ago and if you have an attentive look you see that the light changed to spring light. The wall at the Hospital is almost filled now. There is only one more missing. The project Ander licht is about to come to an end, one year will be rounded off next month. It was and still is a nice process covering one whole year catching the changing seasons and the shifting light. If you have the chance go to the hospital do it and have a look!
A new portrait for the hospital, for the series Ander licht. Again I went in the streets of Enschede in order to show the role the hospital plays for its inhabitants. Frans wears his normal jacket above his workwear, so that it shows the real person: a kind man who loves his job where he can help patients.
The eighth portrait of the year is on display now. Go visit the Stiltecentrum at the MST hospital at Enschede to see the whole series.
Jan den Boon
Today I added the seventh portrait to the expo at the hospital. It is nice to see how the exposition is growing. More faces, more stories. And the image of Enschede is getting more complete as well. Every person stands on a certain spot in the city and the observer can to venture a guess, where the exact location is. If you want to have a look at the hospital, just do so. There you can read the interviews as well.
The last days of October are ticking away, autumn is peaking before everything will turn to grey. But in this October portrait we caught Martin and the golden colours of the season – in order to keep both for a long time. For checking out the other portraits of employees of the hospital go to Ander licht.
If you are interested in their stories about their strength and inspiration you can go to the hospital and read them there.
Martin van Urk
Go and visit the Stiltecentrum at the hospital Medisch Spektrum Twente. Fariah is standing right in front of the new buiding at the Koningsplein on a sunny day in June. Here you can find more portraits of the series Ander Licht.
Fatiha El Bakkali-Ben Ayad
In the last days of August I finished the summer project of 2018: The bathrobe series. I am very happy that a lot of people wanted to take part in it, opened up their gardens for me and my camera, took on their gowns and did pose. It was very much fun to pay the late visits and to play around in the green. Have a look if you like!
The bathrobe series (Mariette)
I always try to work on a project in summer, because photography works very well for me as a time preserver of this very lush and luscious season. Emily was another such summer project of yesteryear.
This summer I am working on the Bathrobe Series to catch the feeling of this season in order to keep and cherish it for future colder and darker days. I take portraits of people in their garden wearing a bathrobe. Until the end of August I am collecting pictures for the series. When I finish it I am going to present the pictures on the website of course. For now you can have a little preview at my flickr-stream.
The bathrobe series 6
It is again the middle of the month which means a new portrait appears at the hospital of Enschede, MST. Ria Oplaat was interviewed for this Ander licht-project about her way to stay motivated for the work. The interview can be read at the spot itself. If you have the chance go visit the hospital and go to the Stiltecentrum.