Artist statement on the series.
Where architects design the fronts of buildings, the backs seem to be ignored by urban planning. These rear views of homes in old cities appear to have grown in a more organic fashion. Sometimes the backside is neatly plotted, but greenery takes over and creates visual confusion.
While one balcony is home to a large satellite dish, the neighboring landing becomes a storage space. In Southeast Asia, air conditioning units form a façade on their own, whereas in Northern Europe a Christmas tree once planted in the courtyard has grown into a massive obstacle. The series focuses on the rear side of buildings in metropolises all over the world. International differences and global chaos are captured.
In the 1950's and 60's an area that is now known as the province of Flevoland in The Netherlands, was reclaimed from the IJsselmeer. A large dyke surrounds this polder, which lies fives meters below water level. The dyke forms an elevated outline, protecting the land from flooding. This series portrays Flevoland and its essential outline. It shows how life, infrastructure and nature got implemented after this part of the former Zuiderzee was reclaimed and land was created.
Lots of trees and skies, water in different forms, some buildings, a cat and a drying rack. Intuition guided me while capturing these subjects and again whilst putting together this selection as a whole. All taken on different times and different sites while going elsewhere, and being anywhere.
Almere Poort is the newest part of the fastest growing city of The Netherlands, Almere. Situated about 20 km from Amsterdam, Almere Poort will be home to about 25.000 people in the near future. This on-going documentary shows the development of the suburb from early 2008.