About the Book
The black and white pictures in this book are taken at various locations in The Netherlands and France. In spite of the geographical differences they show an emotional coherence, without revealing their content at once. They leave scope for imagination.
De circa zestig zwart-wit foto's in dit boek zijn meer dan esthetische registraties van wat de fotograaf trof op uiteenlopende locaties in Nederland en Frankrijk. De beelden hebben een emotionele lading maar geven deze niet direct prijs. Ze laten ruimte voor verschillende interpretaties.
I took up photography in my teens and soon set up my own darkroom. Although teaching and family life took priority for many years, I made a new start in the nineties. I attended various classes and workshops, and participated in a number of exhibitions. In my opinion photography is bound to reality, but the art-photographer isn't. Reality is the input. The output is an image and it is the photographer who creates the content and meaning of this picture. In this way a photograph can be an autonomous object of art, like a painting. Nevertheless I prefer straight photography, without digital manipulation. For black and white pictures I use film (35 mm and 6x4,5 cm), developed and printed in my own darkroom. When I work in color, I use a digital SLR. Since 2003 I am a member of the group Zilver. The other members are Bart Glaudemans, Anna Luten, Jos Peters and Anita de Wit.