As a conceptual photographer I like to combine scientific research methods with creating images for awareness of the world around us. My work is about control and serendipity, about human intervention and nature. It springs from my fascination for science and technology, and my concerns about engineering our natural habitat and the impact of human behaviour on our planet and resources. How far are we going to manipulate and control, cultivate and tame the world around us?
The series In My Back Yard (IMBY) is part of my graduate work for the Photo Academy in Amsterdam (December 2018). By turning my garden into a laboratory, I use organic objects and materials from my surroundings to reshape nature.
More recent work combines ecological sources and artisanal workings methods (such as ecopress, nature printing and bioinkting) with industrial processing tools (including polyester film, epoxy and different preservation methods). A bit dramatically, I label this as vegan photography in the anthropocene. But more seriously: by using our planet as a laboratory and our environment as eternal source for human gain, when will nature become some abstract notion from the past?
My latest project is about reshaping time: measuring and experiencing time in the absence of alarm clocks, iphones, social media alerts and outlook reminders. And without daylight and the comfort of human connection. For this experiment I spent several weeks on my own in the Westfjords in Iceland. More information is on the reshaping | time portfolio pages.
If you like to find out more about my work, please get in touch. Some works are for sale, and details about my exhibitions are in the blog | news pages. I enjoy collaborations with other artists, designers, scientists and thinkers to sharpen the mind and elaborate on ideas to make things a little bit better.
WaardArt vitrine Markt Geldermalsen, 3 December 2019 - 4 Feb 2020
WaardArt open atelierroute 28-29 September 2019
What the photo, Willem Twee Den Bosch, 7-18 August 2019
WaardArt vitrine Markt Geldermalsen, 11 June - 13 August 2019
Vurige Tongen festival Ruigoord, 9-10 June 2019
Expo LUCID Fotoacademie graduate show, Loods 6 Amsterdam, 21-23 December 2018.
Photo Academy Amsterdam: professional degree photography (2018)
Cardiff University Wales: PhD political economy (2006)
University of Amsterdam: MA sociology (2000), MSc Science- and Technology dynamics (1998)
Relevant courses: toyobo/solar plate/photopolymer, printmaking and etching techniques (drypoint, aquatint, monoprints), cyanotyping, salt and albumen print, bioinkting, nature printing, drawing and illustration.