Thinking of and working with the notion of silence the desert slowly became my focus. The desert is not only a place where it’s literally quiet, but can also be interpreted as a metaphor for silence; it’s where a specific place and a ‘state of mind’ comes together. But, to me being in silence is a two-sided experience; it brings me closer to myself, yet at the same time it is frightening to look at. Confronted with the vastness and silence of the landscape I was looking for something to hold on to in the images I was making. A branch, a rock, a tree, a house, an anchor. Simultaneously, in the desert I found a sense of coming home, my place in the world and myself.
Images made between 2012 and 2015 on Dutch Islands, in small Belgian and Southern France villages, the New Mexican desert USA, the Tibetan Highlands and the Moroccan Sahara desert. Anchors had been published in 2016 as a book by The Eriskay Connection.
Photo book Anchors is/has been available at Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Boekhandel Livius De Zevensprong, Galerie Lief Hertje en Grote Witte Reus, PEAK Amsterdam, Polycopies Paris Photo (FR), Frankfurter Buchmesse (DE), Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia (IT), Xtra Bold Shop Seoul, Unfold Art Book Fair Shanghai (CN) and New York Art Book Fair (US).
Photo book Anchors is part of the collection of van Fotofilmic/Pulp Gallery (CA) and Ahorn Books (DE).