Project Description

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

I used to live close to the sea. Now I no longer live near the sea I occasionally feel the need to go there.
The Dutch Wadden Sea is the closest to my home. It is not exactly a “real ocean” for it is just an intertidal zone. A shallow body of water with mudflats and wetlands. It is a landscape which is constantly changing before your eyes. Maybe by a certain incidence of light or just the blowing of the wind.
What attracts me in this landscape is the natural process of change and the continuation of time which are very visible here.

A few years ago I started to make a photo series in the Wadden Sea area. 
Exposure times are long. Each image shows the present and at the same time the past.
All the images are made with a pinhole camera and a pretty long exposure time.

The images are made with an exposure time of one and a half minute and others with an exposure time of a whole week.
In those pictures you will see the path that the sun describes in the sky during a day. The lines are sometimes interrupted which means that it was cloudy at that moment.
Some other “sunpaths” are made by moving the camera towards the sun 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.

If you like to know more about this project you can read some of my blogposts like Experiencing natureThe making ofMuseum Belvédère or Treasures at the seashore.