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!
In the last days of the month with the topic Human I still work with titles from various philosophers. Thoughts or even fragments of utterances are like a springboard to me. I read them while looking at the picture and then my brain jumps in different directions, sent by the words. I wonder if more people experience this effect? I remain curious where this journey of the 365-project will bring me.
365/79 – Doubt as far as possible all things
After the red month of February I am circulating around the topic of Human in this month. I take a picture of a person or more and then I look for a title that adds at least one dimension to it. In this way the beholder can watch and think. At the moment I am using notions from sciences as philosophy, narratology and sociology. I like this very much. Have a look at the latest 365-posts if you like!
365/72 – Shrinking of the present
In February I had a topic for the 365: a picture a day-series, which was red. Today is the first of March and I decided to not choose another color, although I was triggered. I chose a different category which gives me both: a focus and freedom. Two very important things in art. The new topic will be: human. I am very curious where this will bring me.
365/60 – Life is not about who you are but who you want to be
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.
I actually chose red as a topic for my pictures in February because of the grey month, the cold and the absence of light. Now it turns out that the sun started early this year. Last week I spent some days in the Harz. There was actually snow left for the right winter feels. So the 365-series continued.
365/52 – Rational judgement
In the middle of February I still embrace the colour red. I am happy to find so many different things in this beautiful color – all over the city, the house, the wardrobe, even the fridge. A visual game in my ongoing 365-series. Take a look, if you like.
365/43 – Change your perspective
Concerning the 365-project: January is filed already, at least my images are. For February I came up with a topic: I am going to take a picture a day containing the colour red. Why is that, one might wonder. Because in the grey, cold month I want to remind me of passion, lust and – why not call it – love. Having a focus is fun. I should try it more often. I did a red month once earlier, when I made my 1000-series and I liked the outcome very much.
On the last day of January I went to Groningen to visit a symposium on The Negotiation of Values in Narrative, which was inspiring to me. I am looking forward how this will effect my future pictures. Because I also am interested in story telling and meta-perspectives. So let’s see, what will rise from that.
Here you see the first picture of February:
What is it you prefer thinking or narrating
Today the 9th portrait of the Ander licht-series was hung. Only three more to go. Then one year will be round. In the meantime the hospital wall already looks like a museum wall, so my mission is obviously accomplished. When one walks along the aisle it is noteable that more and more people look to the displayed faces.
For the January portrait I took a picture of a young doctor on her day off. She had biked to the hospital and when I heard about that I asked her to bike a bit further with me. I try to use a different street every time I shoot an employee, so the streets close to the hospital have been pictured by now. The doctor agreed to that and so we crossed the train tracks and did a very adventurous thing: in order to catch the strong november light we positioned ourselves in the middle of the bus lane. Exciting! All went well: have a look yourself.