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|These series were part of my studies at Fotovakschool. The assignments were:|
1. Blind pick a spot on the map and make a series of black & white landscape photos within a square kilometer around that spot.
2. Make a series of architecture photos in colour.
|In this project I combined the two assignments in one concept.|
Inspired by photographer Kim Zwarts' book Maastricht 148, where he projects a grid of 148 points over the map of Maastricht and photographed the crossing points, I decided to project the star from the Maastricht coat of arms on the square kilometer (midpoint on the chosen spot) and photograph the locations of the star tips. This makes five landscapes/cityscapes in black & white. It is not so that I take a photograph on the designated location, but the spot itself is somewhere in the picture. Except, you don't know where...
I chose my photographic style to be a combination of the frontal, clinical approach of the Becher Schule and the tradition of the New Topographics.
|For my architecture series I chose remarkable objects in the direct vicinity of the five locations and photographed them at night for a totally different atmosphere. A slightly different approach, with frontal perspectives and less depth than the landscape series.|
It is great to see that very common places become very interesting in the light of a street lantarn or the moon. And that is without the thrill to be out at times when people normally do other things and discovering that the concept of reciprocity is still valid in the digital era...