In my work I investigate our landscape. I search for familiar and at the same time unfamiliar places, and for subjects that might be an example or even a metaphor for human behaviour. I find these (un)familiar landscapes intriguing because the spaces that surround us have become so common, we no longer notice how extraordinary they can be.
Although I am thoroughly fascinated and amazed by human and societal behaviour, I work with the absence of humans in human-made structures. I am much more interested in what our surroundings say about us. This fascinates me because our presence lingers in our absence, like an echo or residue of our existence. In a sense, I feel this lingering presence is more pure than if I were to actually photograph a human. Humans are intricate creatures but what we leave behind us, to me, is more clear, less interrupted.www.esthermaire.com