initial 2km2
b&w 2km2

LL Home

This work is about an encounter between a man and desert. In this case, a man with a camera and with artistic inclinations. An intense encounter that spans over three years, from the first sight to the taking of the last image.
The outcome could be seen to represent three stages of development in a photographer's sensibility. Stages that are somewhat reminiscent, if not a retracing, of the way (landscape) photography has been used since its inception.

The first stage, in colour (chapter 1), brings travel photography to mind. The wish to share with others the spectacular beauty of nature. In time, and with a number of such images, the mind is less and less impressed. The photographer also realizes that others could take similar pictures, and he wants to push the limits. He wants to leave his imprint on the images he makes, to sign them visually.

In the second stage (chapter 2), he finds his style and establishes his vision. Working now in black & white adds dramatic and other overtones to his images. Eventually, however, he realizes that although there may be more sense of art in these images than in the colour ones from chapter 1, it is a sort of art that begins to feel artificial. Working in black & white, while at first beneficial, turns after a while from support to obstacle. The visual reduction taking place in monochrome photography turns quickly and easily from aestheticizing to mannerism.

Thus, in the third stage (chapter 3), the photographer reverts to colour. But no longer in search of spectacular beauty of the grand landscape. Instead, he starts noticing the seemingly banal in nature. The non-obvious. The barely discernible. At the same time, unwittingly, his composition shifts from being based on the golden mean, as it does in the first two stages, to being more concerned with the centre.