LARS VAN DEN BRINK

Frozen Time

Since the last two years at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague (1996 – 2001) I am fascinated about the different ways photography gives me the opportunity to take reality into my own hands and give it a little spin so I can show my story.

Within my photography I examine different techniques that enable me to portrait my fascination for a person, a location or a topic.

In my latest work I use the possibilities contemporary technology offers to lift the unity of time. And thus I play with one of the classic characteristic of photography. Day and night, hours and minutes, they all become fluid within my work.

In my method of work I do not interfere with what is happening in front of my lens. I build my story just out of scenes and people that happened to pass by. By doing so I create a somewhat surrealistic tableau vivant with a strong documentary character.

My photo’s are often overly crowded landscapes which, like Museum de Fundatie wrote, remind the viewer off late medieval masters like Pieter Breugel or Jeroen Bosch. Filling my compositions with little human stories, which reflect my fascination for us, the human race. The images shape my emotion about the ongoing quest in life.

It is the solitary element in us that stirs and inspires me to make this work.