In my series Waanplekken (Delusional Places) I am searching for my way to depict the sublime, the feeling of awe and terror. I get inspired by overwhelming landscapes, where you can feel overpowered by enormous beauty. To give image to these places and the feelings they can stir in you, photographic documentation will never be good enough. Therefore, I use the method of staging and build table-top settings in a studio.
This project is an ongoing one which started in 2016. Working in this theme, I tread a modern path in a tradition already centuries old (like Romanticism and traditional landscape photography). A tradition I admire and criticize at the same time. Because transcendental nature cannot be captured with documentation in my opinion, I use the method of staging. Because documenting nature remains a desire, I find myself in a position where I seek association between this desire and the criticism I have on it. Creating wilderness and untouched places with my own hands seems paradoxical, and it is. This has become part of the work and my position, because for me, it only confirms how impossible it is to portray this subject.
All the works are numbered and divided in different topics, like chapters in a book. The landscapes I create, are build up with different materials and liquids. These places originate from my mind or grow in front of the camera. For the first works (2015-2016) I made pictures in the outside nature, in which I placed an object or which I extremely abstracted to achieve the representation of my feelings of that particular place.