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Concept and photography:
Claudia den Boer
Rob van Hoesel
Jos Morree (Fine Books)
Wilco Art Books (NL)
Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Noord-Brabant
Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant
Stones. Why do we have the tendency to them pick up from the ground? Why do we like to throw them in water? And why do many people take them home as souvenirs? We seem to want to connect to earth this way, or perhaps even to eternity. It is precisely this connection that Claudia den Boer (NL) was looking for when she picked up stones in the Moroccan Sahara, the Tibetan highlands, around the mysterious Montserrat in Catalonia, and the mighty Georgian Caucasus. In these places, the stone and the mountain became one for her.
Once home, she went on a second journey, but this time within the landscapes of her analog negatives. By zooming in on the images she had previously made, she looked again at what she had already seen, discovering new landscapes.
In photographic studies, Den Boer examines the experience of scale, perspective and spatiality through an eclectic variety of images of mountains, rocks and stones. Time, light and distance determine the experience of something as massive as a mountain, but can the expression of a mountain also be discovered in a close-up, or even in a single stone? The diversity of her images show how changeable our view of a seemingly static object can be.
Claudia den Boer graduated in 2008 from the art academy St. Joost in the photography department. Photography is a way for Den Boer to discover how she relates to places and spaces. Sometimes she comes across these places in daily life, other times she consciously searches for a specific place, area or landscape. Den Boer says about this: “place as a phenomenon fascinates me because it is omnipresent, we move through places at any time of the day, it is what we see around us, it is where we meet, it is as it were scenery where our lives play out, and I believe that places have a great influence on our state of mind.”