WILD POPPY- In this series I want to present a poetic and reflective look on Chinese modern love, dreams and life goals. A view on the pressure that society puts on young people to get married and be successful, and the vulnerability of shaping future dreams that are not real yet. All over China you see ‘ghost’ buildings and neighborhoods. Completely new but empty apartments. People buy an apartment as an investment to sell again. Or there are stories of parents that buy an apartment for their daughter hoping she will get married soon and live there. Often the apartment will stay empty for years. Some parks and buildings don’t exist in real life yet though. Photographs of promising model buildings and parks are alternated with real parks and views from yet to be inhabited apartments. A mixture of living and dreaming.
THE SHOW IS OVER- Exhausted, relieved, energetic or worn out. Nobody usually gets to see how dancers leave the stage after a performance. Backstage, they fall into a kind of vacuum, the empty space that follows after the almost superhuman effort. The mind is still on stage and the adrenaline still rushes through the body. The dancer has not yet switched to the sober reality. Not only the dance, but also the dancer has been danced.
THE FERRIS WHEEL KIDS- Louis and Jan have always lived the carnival life. They travel from fairground to fairground with their Ferris wheel, living life in constant motion. This portrait series examines life between wheels, the family unit and the unshakeable bonds of brotherly love. (2014-present)
CIRCUS HARLEKINO. During the summer of 2007 I followed a small traveling Dutch Circus. Hard work and disappointing number of visitors makes it difficult for the circus to survive. Its an end of an era for traveling small circus communities in Europe.