The Enchanted Landscape

Goos Van Der Veen

2012 - Ongoing

'The Enchanted Landscape’ is a fuzzy collection of printed photographs. I would call it a collection rather than a series, because every image is autonomous; there is no intentional interaction between photographs. The collection is called 'fuzzy' because the images can have very different origins, subjects or themes. 'The Enchanted Landscape’ is a spin-off of my ongoing body of work called 'Untitled (ink on paper)’. The collections are now conjoined twins, as they actually share photographs and at the same time take different directions. And they both present the images without any title or context.

'The Enchanted Landscape' finds its inspiration in the perplexity you sometimes feel when you look around and become aware of the idiosyncrasies of your surroundings.

But don't expect landscape photographs, and don't expect stories. Expect just photography: little windows on a little part of a past reality. Don't search for answers; there are none. The beauty lies in the mystery itself.

I try to pull the viewer into the image. My pictures are highly realistic. By creating space in them, I make room for the viewer to come in. I use lenses and techniques that produce a normal perspective, realistic light and colours. I look for a certain confluence of circumstances: scenes with photographic qualities that work together to construct new little universes, where every answer brings more questions.

I try to find places where a complex variety of interacting and contradicting visible elements exists. All these elements equally play their part in shaping such universes, as actors in a play.

Tiny details - a special quality of photography: to catch little things that no painter would ever imagine to put in his painting - are caught by the democratic lens; they add to the feeling that you could step into these universes almost physically.

In 'The Enchanted Landscape’ the image is disconnected from its origins and becomes an enigmatic little universe of its own. The lack of context urges the viewer to just look better, to search for a reason why the photo was taken. Reasons he may not find, but, hopefully, he'll find the poetry in it, or music: a song in a language that he cannot understand.

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