After traveling for four years, I decided to print out some of my favourite photographs to hang them on my own wall. So I carefully selected, re-retouched and collaborated with one of the best print shops in Europe to make my images come alive.
However, a couple of weeks ago my friends at Cuperus asked me if I had some work to exhibit for the relaunch of their coffee-bar. I didn't think twice (since their waiting-list is about 2 years) and made a selection of eight prints to hang in their amazing bar.
The general inspiration of my work in Brazil is lead by the strong duality in cities like Rio de Janeiro, hence the name: Dualidade (Duality in Portuguese).
The first time I visited the country, I was flabbergasted by how close extreme poverty and riches are located from one another.
As I just had quit photography school, I for the first time was able to capture a photograph that visualised the impression Rio left on me.
Throughout the years I studied the culture and the language, allowing me to discover places that are far outside of my comfort zone. As my collection of images grew, I decided to design a photo book and create high end prints.
The current collection
Currently, I am exhibiting eight images. Some of these photographs are absolute staples in my series. Others, I perceive as early work that lead to the concept.
I hope to grow my collection with new work that is equally as strong as my best photographs right now. Up until that point, I hope that this exhibition will give me feedback to which direction I should move more into.
Intentions for the future
Whenever I think about how I can grow this collection, different options pop up.
Either I can go deeper into Brazil and look for new perspectives to visualise the duality, or I can go and discover countries with similar landscapes like India, South-Africa, Colombia or Mexico.
What is your opinion?
I am curious to what people think about my work. Which prints they like and what they want to see more of. So you would honour me if you'd visit my little exhibition at Cuperus and leave me your thoughts on what you saw :-)