Twenty minutes

We had been slowely circling up the mountain, and stepped out of the car on its highest point. A restaurant, a terrace, a parking place, the usual. Cold and windy, but with a good sight over the valley. We strolled along for a bit, and […]

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Freedom (again)

“Few people are really “following” your work. Even fewer care. What are you doing with that freedom?” It doesn’t feel great having to admit to a lack of creativity. But at least I can say that ‘not taking full advantage of my freedom’ has little to do with […]

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Freedom

One of the things about photography that matter to me the most, is how it allows me to do whatever I want to, with no-one to answer for but myself. At work, I have tasks and responsibilities, but I’m not in charge of anything. Every choice […]

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Meet the artist

“.. and a few words about your work and yourself?’ Oh dear. So, I’m struggling with words now, about me as a photographer and the pictures they wish to feature in their magazine. Joggling with fragments of texts written on earlier occassions. But it all very […]

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Mountains may depart

I don’t have old negatives. I don’t really have an archive of long forgotten images that would tell me anything about my former self as a seeing person. I do have cases with old slides though, but I don’t think they are about seeing, they are […]

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Back

When I ask if I can make a photograph of someone’s interior, people usually agree to it, but never ask me why I would want to do that. The travel agent did though, and I didn’t know what to say. I guess I didn’t say […]

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I wouldn’t mind if some of these were mine

I’ve been working with these archives for years now, but I never grow tired of it. I’m mostly interested in their photographic collections, rather obviously so I suppose, and they are still a source of wonder to me. Not so much because I keep finding new things (that […]

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Borrowed space

We just booked two summer houses in the Alps. I had this intention once to photograph every place I spent the night: hotels, vacation houses, camp sites, bed and breakfasts, ferries, trains, planes and automobiles. No matter how uninteresting the place, I felt I should […]

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Sonsbeek

These couple of photographs by no means document the building in any representative way. I have photographed it before, and will photograph it again at any chance I have. It’s an endlessly fascinating construction, that I’d like to tackle one bit at the time. When you […]

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Iets van groot gewicht

I’m this close to buying the new, expensive camera. I’ve never had much trouble spending money on myself. Not that I buy a lot of stuff, in fact, I buy less and less as my income grows. Or, as I grow older. Simply because there are […]

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On (not) sharing an interest

For quite a while, some time in the nineties, I took an interest in experimental film. In a relatively short period of time, I acquinted myself with American structuralist films, abstract films, found footage based films, early European avant garde cinema, conceptual films etc. I […]

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Mud

This landscape in the French part of Belgium has a strong cinematographic feel for me. Thanks, no doubt, to a number of films I’ve seen that take place in this area. Stories that rarely end well. Uncanny, unheimisch. It’s a place where people go to […]

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No one belongs here more than you*

I came across this blog Broken Light, recommended by wp because it’s followed by someone I follow and I think I know who. On this blog, people who are suffering from or affected by mental illness submit their photos and add some words about their mental condition. And I […]

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Not even close

This by far isn’t my favorite portrait of a landscape. In fact, it’s an outtake, refused, and with good reason. Rather uninteresting lines and an overall blandness. But still. Even this mediocre representation doesn’t fail to convey the sheer impressiveness of this landscape. And, for me, […]

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Yes

The Museumnacht is a yearly recurring event in Rotterdam, taking place at more than twenty museums and other cultural organisations that open their doors until after midnight. And mostly they organize special events within the event. And since we take part in this thing, I was asked […]

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The house

Some recent takes on the house. The colour scheme of the interior is one of its most eyecatching assets, although for me it’s mostly the spaces and how they are connected that make me come back here so very often. When I first photographed the house, […]

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Two

I’m quite fond of these two, together especially. A couple of houses on a hill, overlooking the Lysefjord in the southern part of Norway. When I’m done editing a series, and I’ve lived with it for some time, I often start making pairs. See what works […]

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Where we are

“I hate where this is going” has stuck with me for about two years. And suddenly this morning I realized that it is no longer going anywhere. This is it. This is where we are. Only a few months ago, it was unthinkable that I would settle for this. But […]

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Space, memories

What I said about landscapes and their boundaries, seems to be true in this picture in particular. Perhaps because I’m looking at it with fairly fresh eyes. I just found it on my hard drive, where it was quitely sitting, waiting to be noticed, aware […]

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The neighbourhood

The neighbourhood

I don’t know why I’m thinking about this now, but I’d like to go back to where I came from. Which is not the place where I was born, because I don’t remember much of it. A few memories, perhaps, but they don’t seem to be related […]

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Stars and their weight

Every now and then, more now than then, I suppose, people are expressing their growing discomfort with the feedback routines on social media. How they feel that they have become dependent on the approval and recognition from people they don’t even know, measured by the […]

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Windows, views

Every landscape you shoot is bounded, limited by the frame. But that’s not really how it feels, it feels endless. As if your brain is making up for the lost information. And the landscape becomes whole again. I’ve been thinking about why apparently I like to frame […]

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Real

“Love is about bottomless empathy, born out of the heart’s revelation that another person is every bit as real as you are. And this is why love, as I understand it, is always specific. Trying to love all of humanity may be a worthy endeavor, […]

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At work

I’m very fond of the Fuji in situations like this. Making quick rounds through the building, photograph what catches my eye, things that may or may not end up on the museum’s social channels. All in all, I like the Fuji better indoors than outdoors, especially […]

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Office hours

I was at this new year’s reception at work, and that’s okay because it’s work, but I wouldn’t be there if I didn’t have to. I feel lost in crowds, and find very little pleasure in this mingling chit-chatting routine with a drink in my […]

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Moving office

So, we’re in the new office now. I like to sneak up to the fifth floor every now and then, to the old space, to see what’s left and what’s not. Strange as it may be, the plants are new. They have never been there before.

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