ARTIST STATEMENT

 

I feel at home in the landscape

When I was 15 years old my neighbor introduced me into his world of photography. Night after night I watched slides of his trips to Iceland and Greenland. He also gave me my first camera. That's where my passion for landscape photography started.

I have been working as a landscape photographer since 2000, with an emphasis on capturing spatial planning, in other words the design of the landscape. From that background and my search for the essence of what is, I discovered the more abstract side of the landscape and started to see more and more poetry in the landscape.

Starting with the landscape, I use light, colour and composition in such a way that emotion, softness and aesthetics coincide and the beauty from the mundane unfolds naturally. I am intrigued and inspired by beauty in art, music, novels and poems.

 

 

I call my work visual poetry 

My work is characterized by the beauty of the seemingly everyday image, by portraying it in an unusual way. The image will tell a story, and the longer you look, the more you will see. From my love for classic landscape photography, the landscape will always be the basis of my images.

In a sometimes hectic, restless and harsh world, I hope that my images inspire you to stand still, evoke an emotion and to reflect. By taking the time you will see more and look differently.

Thank you for visiting my site!

Annemarie Hoogwoud

https://www.annemariehoogwoud.nl

 

PROJECT STATEMENT

Landscapes of the soul

Since my return to the north of the Netherlands, I have started to wonder what home actually means to me and how that manifests itself in my photography. I found myself starting to see ‘home’ in a different context. The abundance of water and the open and wide character of the north make it a place for me, a landscape in which I feel at home. At the same time, I also see ‘home’ in the sense of being at home with myself. When I am home with myself, I live more in harmony with my environment.

In a broader context, I believe that when we are more at home with ourselves, there will be less fear and aggression in the world, and the world can live more in harmony. We currently live in hectic, troubled and uncertain times. It is precisely this time that is the source of inspiration for me to depict the theme ‘home’ as a counterpart to these troubled and uncertain times.

‘Home’ evokes all kinds of images and words in me: emotion, awakening, intuition, dreams, intimacy, life, your own voice. I take those words with me when I go out with my camera, because when I connect with the words and emotions that evoke ‘home’, the images follow naturally. Because I see what I encounter. Soon I saw landscapes of the soul appear in my first images.

And with those images I then 'paint' a landscape of the soul and I give it the colors that in my experience belong to that specific image, colors that make me feel at home.

Coming home to myself, in the landscape of my soul. That is not easy and remains a constant challenge to look for it and to step out of there into the world.

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