Photographer Max Kraanen is driven by a fascination for the role of fear in society; he explores how fear and threats affect us. He uses a variety of analogue and darkroom techniques to create his images. By stretching the photographic limits, he makes pictures that can be strangely aesthetic but often have a darker side.
His latest series, ‘SO IT GOES’, is about the continuous, ever changing fear of something that will never materialize. In a risk averse society, everything we cannot control scares us. Terrorism, epidemics and natural disasters are all characterized by their elusive and unpredictable nature. Everybody has a certain fear for these threats, but since most of these threats don’t become tangible, it is questionable in how far this fear is justified. One threat after another dominates the media. The notion expands; it gains in strength until it has almost reached us. But then it recedes, only to be replaced by a new, different threat.
Kraanen juxtaposes a broad variety of images to tell a story without a plot; dark, fictive landscapes next to uncanny still lives.