Haarlem Hoog:


This photographic assignment, commissioned by art space De Vishal in Haarlem, dealt primarily with the changing appearance of that city. On another level, it explored the elements that define the identity of cities or urban areas in general and the things that can affect or change that identity.

I have never been interested in depicting reality in and of itself, but rather in how reality is perceived. Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, public opinion has been gently molded towards a sense of insecurity. The notion of an imminent threat puts us on edge; emotional sentiments seem to have the upper hand over common sense. And that affects the way we perceive things.

For this project I have returned to the very first skyscraper in the city of Haarlem, where I had witnessed the suicide of a young woman.