"OUR GRID / Growing between the lines" (In progress)
Het doel van deze serie is om een beeld te geven van de explosief groeiende groep jongeren tussen 13 en 19 jaar op het eiland IJburg. IJburg bestaat uit diverse deel-eilanden met ieder zijn eigen sfeer en bebouwing en met zijn eigen jongeren. Voor allen geldt dat ze op deze leeftijd nog steeds op zoek zijn naar hun eigen ‘bouwtekening’ op het juist van te voren zo uitgekiend en berekend gebouwde – maar niet zozeer op opgroeiende jongeren berekende - IJburg. De onzekere leeftijdsfase van deze groeiende groep tegen een ontzettend strakke en gestructureerde achtergrond fascineert mij als fotograaf en bewoner van IJburg. Ik wil hen op een dusdanige manier in beeld brengen dat de wisselwerking tussen de zoekende jongeren en de rechtlijnige omgeving optimaal aan bod komt in een serie foto’s. Uiteindelijk worden de foto’s volgend jaar geëxposeerd op een nog nader te bepalen locatie in Amsterdam.
The aim of this series is to portray the explosively growing group of teenagers in the Amsterdam suburb of IJburg. IJburg is made up of several islands, each with its own atmosphere and architecture and with its own group of youths. Each individual in this agegroup is still searching for his or her own 'buildingplan' in these so carefully planned and executed environments – which have not taken this agegroup into account. These individuals in an intrinsically insecure phase of their lives, set against an austerely structured background, fascinate me as photographer and as inhabitant of IJburg. I want to capture them in such a way that the interaction between the searching teenagers and their rigid surroundings is optimally displayed in the photographs. Eventually, the photographs will be exhibited next year on a to be determined location in Amsterdam.
This is Amanda, a 29 years old massage therapist. Her husband works 7 days a week, while she takes care of their young child and their dog Lola. I met her when she was mowing the lawn. She was willing to pose for me after she had a few minutes to freshen herself up.
Ed Hyde, 53, musician and comic writer. To pay the bills he works in maintenance.
'My Place' A series of portraits of people in and around Boston in the place they are familiar with and spend most of their time. In most cases this is of course their own home, but sometimes it's even their workplace. In the suburbs, for example, 2 out of 10 people are busy in their gardens on Saturday afternoons, mostly mowing their lawns. For them it's hard to understand why I would want to photograph them, but because I live in an apartment myself, I am fascinated by those extensive gardens and capacious driveways. By spontaneously starting a conversation, they relate what's going on in their lives in a relative short time.
Don, 64 years old, administrator at a Behaviour Health Clinic. He had his arm in a sling for a few months, because he got injured in an accident. Today was the first time he could use both of his arms normally again.
Salvador, 57 years, with his grandson. Working at the laundrette nearby.
This is Alan, 84 years, a former mechanical engineer. He has been retired for a long time now, because of knee problems. He lives with his son and helps him fix any problems with his motor bike.
Armando just turned 89 years old. I met this Italian man when he was asleep in his white chair. When I was contemplating if to take his picture, he woke up. We had a little chat. He worked his whole life as a bricklayer and is now enjoying his retirement.
Barbara, a 74 years old woman, mowing the lawn. She felt a bit uncomfortable to be in the picture, but in the end she liked it. She has worked her whole las an administrator for a cancer institute. She is wearing sunglasses in the picture, because she had skin cancer near her eye and had an operation. She is a very positive person and feels grateful, because she is still healthy.
Lucy, a 29 years old teacher, posing briefly with her dog in Georgetown.
William, 64 years old, worked in a bakery when he was young. Mental health issues meant he was not able to work anymore. His favourite place to stay is at the front of his house, " because where else can I go?”
When I just arrived at my destination in Somerville area of Boston, I met Moses a 41 years old programmer. This young man told me he bought his house a few weeks ago. Because I was just coming back from the country side, with the big houses and their huge gardens, I was impressed by the way he was taking care of his tiny little garden.
Blanca just came back from her work at the laundrette. Everyday she starts at 6am. Even though she was rather tired, she still had the energy to pose for a few minutes. She lives with her sisters and their children in the same house. We were talking Spanish. I liked the red shirt against the white house and of course her tattoo.
This is Eric…..he was willing to pose for a few minutes, but didn't want to give any further details about his life. He only told me he likes to draw. He gave me a little drawing.
George is the proud man in front of his house in Somerville. This friendly man is originally from Portugal, but has been living in the US already for 54 years. No Portugese flag, this would make things a bit complicated. He apologized for the state his garden was in. For me actually it looked quite allright. Doing the maintenance at the Boston University for already more than 30 years. Still having another 5 years to go, he wishes this would be much shorter!
This project shows still, industrial city perspectives where the individual merges into the graphic background. The work is a mixture of reportage and ‘semi’ staged photography. The somewhat surreal surroundings are just as important as the individuals themselves. Many of the images have been taken just outside busy town centers in quiet, often somewhat sober, suburbs. Mostly of the people in the photos are unknown passers-by who are walking, unknowingly, through the created “street decor”. However sometimes people where also willing to pose for a little while.
A portrait of Alistan Munroe in Francis street Dublin. Alistan was passing by and I asked him to pose for a little while. I liked the way he looked, his creme colored shirt, which looked quite similar to the background. The soft orange chair worked as a dissonant. The combination of graffiti, the sculpture of Maria and the crucifix in the background made this place feel a bit surrealistic. Alistan is a necktie designer, a nice contrast compared to his casual appearance.
In just another street in Dublin, against a backdrop of red brick and a red traffic sign, these lonely red flowers were standing in a window cill. The first person to pass by, was this woman in her gracious green dress. As if the red roses were meant for her.