that would have been me ... if it had shown

"Although the process of creating a photomontage consistently turns out to be beyond my rational control...

...along the way I tend to start recognizing more and more visual representations of personal insights, layered amongst and blended with references to large-scale phenomena. This means the scenes depicted in my work, can be interpreted in multiple ways. While working on a photomontage, I try not to gravitate toward one "meaning".

 The analogies  that can be recognised between seemingly seperate aspects of reality, are the most beautiful things that I know of. They can be experienced as different layers of reality that partially merge when placed over each other and observed from a certain perspective.
They can be expressed in different ways: in literature, in music... (analogous fields) One major aspect that sets my kind of visual expression apart from these fields, is that everything is simultaneously present (seeing as all my montages are self-portraits of sorts, I hope the analogies extend to your world image, too).

I usually take a pragmatic approach toward most aspects of compositing. The process of making a photomontage is like channeling a stream, or rather channeling several streams in different dimensions simultaneously. It consists of perpetually making choices, and thereby imposing restrictions on the potentially unlimited array of possibillities that exist in the arena of adopting and manipulating pixels. Conceptually, by defining a theme, I create spaces in which I search for the magnetic trajectory that is in line with something deeper, which ties together elements out of inner necessity.

The way I gather the raw material for my photomontages, resembles the way traditional collage artists spent lots of time scouring books and magazines to fill their palette of images to work with.
My raw material consists mainly of stock images, or found images that were obtained under a Creative Commons licence. Ocassionally, I use a self-shot image or draw specific elements by hand.

About me:
I dropped
out of the
Rotterdam academy
in a previous life,
deciding
to go and see
the world
with my own eyes.
After four years
of that,
I returned
to live in
The Hague,
where in those days
you could still
make use of
reasonably
well-equipped
workshops
at the Vrije Academie.
I worked
(among other things)
as a sculptor
for seven years...
until
I decided
that I had
to move
to Thailand
and live
in a forest monastery
for a while.

Now
I've
moved
back to
my home town,
Venlo,
finally able
to appreciate
this wonderfully
green minicity
plus surroundings
and thinking it
is definitely
one of
the most
blessed places
on this planet,
in terms of
human habitat.
My main fascination
is still
the global picture
and
its intricate workings,
but
now
I mainly
study it
on a computer screen,
piecing together
and refreshing
my personal
frame of reference
as I go.

Late 2008,
I began
using a Mac
and Wacom tablet
with Photoshop
to morph pixels
until
something special
emerges:
images in which
the personal
and the general
merge
in ways
I couldn't have planned.
It turns out
that
the principles
behind phenomena
in the world at large,
are often
identical to
the principles at work
in my own psyche,
resulting
in images
that at are
highly personal,
while at the same time
having a
wider relevance
and (hopefully) appeal.

In recent years,
I haven't
really
exhibited my work
in a fysical setting,
opting instead
for showing
the fruits of my labor
in various places online.
The best way
to view
my photomontages
on the web,
is on this website.
(..but on a large screen :-)

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