When I was a child, I used to dream of silent places, of a world without people. I search for this world through my pictures.
The branches of a tree, the side of a parked car, the back seat of a plastic chair: I put my world together by photographing everyday objects and places I find myself in during my walks through typical Dutch neighbourhoods. What others may find a dreary sight is where I feel at home.
I search for my images in full focus without any time pressure or prior plan, during the day or when the night has fallen and the streetlights do their job. People you don’t see, but you feel their presence.
I create a peaceful composition by using large surfaces and having strict lines that go out of the frame. This way you often only see a certain part of the object. The camera angle is straightforward. Everything in the image is important and therefore everything is equally sharp. This makes the image flat and the materials of the portrayed objects tangible.
My search continues endlessly. Time after time I find fragments of the silent world I used to dream of when I was a child.www.kristelterbeek.com