Koi fish – Nishikigoi – swim against the current, to become stronger.
According to the legend, those who are able to defy the waterfall will turn into heavenly dragons.

With his series, Hijweege exposes the power of water and its mythical status.

Despite the fickle nature of the interaction, he did this with the wet-collodion technique, a slow, analogue photographic method dating back to the nineteenth century.

It is a delicate interplay between nature and him as the artist depicting it. The images were then etched on steel sheets and printed by a master printer as photogravures.

The result goes beyond a romantic representation of the water. It forces the viewer to linger. The eye of the photographer, the analogue photographic method, the master printer, the magic of the water and its power; to take in this layering on display requires more than a single glance.

dragon gate waterfall

Erik Hijweege is enamoured by nature and its irrepressible character. In his newest project, Erik explores the power of water and the mythical status it has in different cultures. The images are named after the Oriental legend of  ryumon-no-take, the ‘dragon gate waterfall’.

Contour Gallery starts this spring off with an exhibition of the photographer Erik Hijweege.

In his latest series, Erik transforms analogue images of waterfalls into breathtaking photogravures.


23/03/2019 – 11/05/2019
Opening Saturday 23 of March at 15.00


Josephstraat 164
3014 TX Rotterdam


Thu / Fri   11.00 – 17.00
Sat. 12.00 -17.00
Wednesday & Sunday by appointment only