F#CK Focus

FUCK FOCUS Focus is overrated, it's not a criteria per se. What is important is the emotion of the photo.It's something I realised when I made this photo 6 years ago.The photo shows us some women, dancing, having fun. The fun radiates from the picture. Making us laugh...

Waiting is my speciality.

Waiting. That's what stones are good at. It's hard to fathom how stones perceive time. We wait, spending time between moments. Anticipating for the next thing to occur. Stones, just wait. Slowly building up momentum for the next movement. As move they do, gradually...

Revisiting a memory

A photo is a memory by default. An image of the past.A glimpse into a world where you're not physically are.When developing a photo you had the option only to slide a part of the paper in the developer bath. And so only visualizing part of the whole experience you had...

Dolly was here!

About a year ago I found some material hanging on a acorn bush. And thought it was the filling from a sleeping bag or other synthetic stuff.Today I found the same material again on some thorny bushes. And it suddenly dawned upon me that it's actually sheep wool.  The...

Protected zone.

In a way, it's too obvious to make a photo of a mask. Masks have dominated the whole COVID period.Here in Spain people even wore masks while jogging.And now you find the pieces of cloth everywhere. Used up and thrown away textiles.  Made to protect us from dangerous...

Conversation with a shoe.

What's left is lost in memory interpret by a passing moth.As values change from hand to hand time changes the mark into a marker.For my clothing will fit the earth one day, and happily converse with the grass that embraces my laces.My will be not my no more but yours...

The invisible man

Mr. Fennel. For a couple of days, there was a cap on the ground on the route that I take every day with my dogs. The cap was not really comfortable, that's why I hadn't taken a picture of it until now.It was too flat and looked like it had just blown off someone's...

Eerste blogpost.

Heer Venkel. Een lange tijd lag er een petje op de grond op de route die ik dagelijks neem met te honden. Het petje lag niet echt lekker, vandaar dat ik er tot op heden geen foto van had genomen.Hij was te plat en leek alsof hij net iemands hoofd was afgewaaid. Het...

Strange flowers

Strange flower I shot this photo close to my home.  A beautiful scene that gives you more questions than answers. And things to ponder about. Like the relationship between the things we make and construct as humans and how they relate with the environment.  In so many...

The simbiose of shoe and tree.

The soul an the tree. This shoe is living in a tree in my friend's garden. It's been living there for some time now. I don't know when Shoe decided to  make a pact with Tree, but I guess it must have been a while ago. Shoe has become brandless and just as motionless...

At the moment, (as an artist statement is always temporarily…) I feel as if I’ve come full circle.
Making photos is such a liberation and joy to do. I feel dangerously comfortable with it. After years of painting, making sculptures, and ceramics I’ve come back to photography.
It was always there on the background, but as with many things that are close to you, you sometimes take them for granted and don’t give it the love they deserves.

The main thing I liked about painting was that it didn’t move. You can watch a painting as long as you want and it will only become richer in the process. Time flows differently in a painting.
And so it is with photography. A photo takes its time. It’s made out of time, a fragment frozen and cut out of reality, becoming its own world. A world that reflects and absorbs the thoughts of the beholder.
In no art form more than photography the famous sentence of Magritte, ” Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” is a thing to remember. You take a photo of your delicious meal but behold, you can’t eat it. It’s an image of the dinner. An impression, not even three-dimensional.
Photography is a big illusion. It tempts you with thinking it’s real, but it isn’t. Photos can easily mislead you. In a bad way but also in a good way, depending on the sorcerer.
So take your time when looking at a photo and follow those memories and thoughts that the photo provokes in you.

I love watching photos as they don’t move. But they move you.

Me, Joost, a long time ago. – Photo by Barend Gerritsen.