Images can tell a story: they can become part of a narrative, saying things that can’t be put into words.
The photographs in Ons Erfgoed aim to echo something of the subjects’ Dutch heritage by using light in a similar way to 17th Century Dutch painters like Rembrandt or Vermeer. The scenes are of everyday life – bedrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms – and because of the types of objects that fill these rooms, it can be said that culture has been translated into an interior. The photographs often expose a kind of longing, or an aching pathos for another place: the Netherlands.
The photographs are taken with an analog medium format camera – a Bronica ETRSi. Compared to digital, film has more of an honest and hands-on way of working, which is important for the subjects that are explored within the project. It encourages a slower way of looking at and seeing the world, and things that are often overlooked in everyday life can be noticed and recognised for their importance.