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Camerawork and visual art

‘The unexamined life is not worth living’ Socrates once said. ‘My biggest fear is knowing how to paint, but not knowing if I have anything significant to say.’ said American painter Jason Shawn Alexander. 

These two quotes are typical of the way I unite my camerawork and my art and it’s for that reason that I hang them  prominently on the wall of my studio.

“A relentless curiosity about “what is to come” has taken hold of me, and I therefore have no other choice than to simply ‘create’.”

During my studies at the Art Academy in Maastricht it became clear to me that a work of art is basically a compressed essence of the world of its creator. So in order to make good art, I thought, I had to load myself with experience.
I had to expose myself to adventure, Selfkant, love, misfortune and joy. I was determined to explore all facets of life in order to find out what was existentially important to me and what was irrelevant.
When I given the opportunity of becoming a cameraman I did not hesitate for a moment. [/ One_half_last]
The many trips we undertook to create reports, although they could sometimes be difficult, shocking and depressing, turned out to be an inexhaustible source of life lessons and insights.

Another important similarity between cinematography and art is the creative process in itself. Making something that did not exist yet that very morning. Bringing together a large number of choices, experiences and reflections into a unique product is an extraordinary process that can provide hard lessons and great vulnerability, but deep existential satisfaction as well. The job as cameraman has since become a necessary part of my existence. A relentless curiosity about ‘what will come’ has taken hold of me for years and I therefore have no other choice than to simply ‘create’ and distill the stories of my travels to make my experiences tangible so that dat someday, with some luck, may evolve into eternity. ”

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Afghanistan 2007

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Studio Amsterdam 2015