About the Book
The photographs in this book were taken in Bovenkarspel, a Dutch village of about 11.000 inhabitants, 40 km north of Amsterdam. Rather than depict the village and its inhabitants, these photographs tell something about the photographer and the way he sees his surroundings. It is a collection of autonomous images, detached from triviality.
De foto's in dit boek zijn genomen in Bovenkarspel, een dorp met circa 11.000 inwoners in de kop van Noord-Holland. Het zijn geen topografische beelden die een min of meer objectieve indruk geven van het dorp en zijn bewoners. De eigenzinnige serie kleurenfoto's laat vooral zien hoe de fotograaf naar de wereld kijkt. Het zijn autonome beelden, ontrokken aan de alledaagse realiteit.
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.