SCREAMING LANDSCAPES

We live in uncertain times with massive tensions in the economy, our democratic politics and what is happening with climate change. I want to show what is already contained in nature but invisible for the human eye. By making a bump map based on the contrast in the photo, I show a hidden spatial experience of the photo. It looks as if the photo or, part of it, breaks open and shows what lives inside. This way a new truth is created that is a surreal representation of the pain our world is in already. We now stare at a post apocalyptic future from which we choose to look away.

 

Experiments with plaster cast to give depth to a photo

WHITE FLOWERS

Experiment with white flowers. White being the colour of innocence. The experiments are done with scanners, 5x4 analogue film, cyanotype, saltprints  and macro photography.

Printing the negative straight onto the leaf

NATURE DESIGN

A series of images taken of found plants, weeds and flowers. The images are made in the studio, taken out of the context of the environment. All with a dark royal blue background to make the subject and light stand out. I started recognizing different themes taking the images half a year.

Written by nature

Dancing

Monsters

Redesigned by me

SEAHORSES

Seahorses are almost magical creatures that move through the water while dancing, almost flying. That is the reason I  experimented to see what a seahorse with a wing would look like. The statues are unique: cyanotype. The smaller 50x50 cm. The big one is 200x120 cm

INSECTS

An experiment with composite, recreated insects.

The technique: photograms

Printed: heliogravures.

 

Some of the negatives with reconstructed insects using parts of found death insects.

SEEDS

Seeds place into a composition on plasics and printed on photographic paper without the interference of a photo camera.

 

Some of the negatives

FRUIT

A look at the interior of fruit its texture, shape and structure

 

APPLE PIE

The leftovers of an apple pie. The photos are Polaroid emulsion lifts on cheap scrap paper. Ass what remained of the apple, the photos will  decay in time.

HUMAN BODY

A photographic investigation into the often alienating shapes of the body using light for accents.

HUMAN BODY TRANSFORMED

Having the body rebuilt becomes a kind of new normal. How far can we go and how will the decline be in later life? Printed: gom-bichromat (unique pieces).

CLOTHS ALTERNATED

The clothing industry is responsible for 10% of the total global CO2 emissions. Moreover, it is growing exponentially. If this rate continues, the fashion industry's greenhouse gas emissions will increase by more than 50% by 2030. The main reason for this high percentage of CO2 emissions is not even distribution, but the dyeing and finishing of the fabrics. In addition to these processes, a garbage truck of textiles is thrown away and burned every second, which also makes a major contribution to the high CO2 emissions.

 

For this project I transformed clothes that I no longer use in order to draw attention to them.

 

HILDE MAASSEN

ARTIST