“If your picture is not right, you haven’t been close enough”, said war photographer Robert Capa. This closeness is what I aim for. I have never been in a war but from time to time, life has its own times of war. I think that the challenge is to continue seeing life as a playground; with the imaginative power of our childhood, with curiosity – observing what we can feel but have no words for – and to enjoy the moment.
I don’t want to wait or waste a moment of this precious thing we call life, but follow the nagging urge to grab the essence of life with my camera.
For years I have been intrigued by the idea of objectivity, for example, in Italian postwar neorealist movies, although I know there is no such thing. Trying to find and mirror reality is what drives me.
With my camera, I reflect empathy for the one person in the street and daily life. Our place of birth may determine the opportunities we have in life, but we all share the same feelings of love, solitude, sorrow, joy, and hope.
This book consists of sets of black and white pictures that speak to each other because they either resemble each other or are completely different but strengthen the message they have been grouped to convey. Frozen and framed themes from several countries around the world. Decisive moments that show the strangeness, loveliness and dread that make a picture. But more important, that reveal humanity, the innate absurdity of everyday life.
"I love capturing questions. I think that the challenge is to continue seeing life as a playground; with the imaginative power of our childhood, with curiosity - observing what we can feel but have no words for - and to enjoy the moment."
The book absorbing life:
Photography, Text by Carina Weijma
Design by Mariette van Oort
Translations by Diane McCartney
Webdesign by Rob Coers
Print by Lecturis
Published by Lecturis
Price: € 34,50
Ard Jan, Oscar, Victor, Kristoff
My beloved parents and family
My beloved friends
Special thanks to:
Mariette van Oort
Paul van Mameren
Marjoke van Haastrecht
Diana de Heer
Nellie van Lierop
Marion van Vlokhoven, Calimera fotografie (foto op rugzijde boek)
2011-2014 Photography in the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, South Korea, Taiwan.
2015 Printed in the Netherlands.
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