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The Orphic Longings (2008 - 2011)


familie
Family delibration

Art Photography
Sleeping girl

Art Photography
Man and his newspapers

Art Photography
The love affair I

vrijen
The love affair II

Art Photography
Thinking girl

Art Photography
Boy with lamp

Nude
Woman


Child

Art Photography
Man

Writer
The writing


About 'The Orphic Longings'

In 2007 I had bought a 4 x 5 inch camera, experimented with light and I brought bulky waste from the street into my studio to create still lives. Initially to practice with the camera and without a purpose. At the same time I spent hours digging in my own photo archive. Those years before, I had travelled a lot and my archive was full of stories, that I had only edited roughly. What did I do all these years? There were plenty of photos among them that were good, but haven’t been used. With these kinds of pictures I started to work and I began to develop the technique that I had been exploring that last year. I combined what I did on the computer with what I photographed in the studio and there were all kind of interactions.

The word 'Orphic' refers to the Greek Orpheus Myth. Orpheus charmed everyone with his music, even the wild animals and trees. He meets his beloved Eurydice, but loses her soon after a snake bit her. Orpheus decides to get into Hades and enchants the rulers of the underworld with his music. They allowed him to bring Eurydice back to earth on the condition that he doesn’t look at her before they have left Hades. Orpheus’ desire for Eurydice is so intense that he looked back and before his eyes she disappeared into the darkness. When he is back on earth, he spends his days as a hermit, making elegies. Later he is slain death with stones by the nymphs because he was not interested in them.

It is mainly the variety of emotions hidden in the story that attracted me to the myth. Initially I wanted to make a series about love, but the photos spread to all sorts of side issues such as children, adultery, loneliness, lust and desire.


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