It's been nearly two months since I've returned from my artist in residence in Kameoka, Japan. Returning to my daily life in Amsterdam, time has passed by quickly. However, what I've experienced, seen and felt in Kameoka is not forgotten. I've been living in a different pace, taking more time and being more attentive. I started a photoproject that is an implementation ,result of and -exercise in- slowing down and looking closely. It is not about technique but about observation, which is why my choice of material is very simple: a single-use camera.
Back to 'Stories from Kameoka'. Three landscapes have been added to the series. Beside a visual component, each landscape is connected to a story. Together with the four portraits I painted in Kameoka during the residency, these seven paintings make up the visual component of 'Stories from Kameoka'. You can see all paintings by clicking here.
It has been an interesting journey, where I've also experimented and discovered new techniques and materials. The landscapes are done in gouache, a material I discovered just last year. The size of these paintings roughly corresponds to the a3 format, which is also a larger surface than I usually work on. With the paintings finished, I am now continuing with the text.
In the meanwhile I've also been looking for ways to show the project. It is now possible to purchase postcards at the 'Shop' button on this website. A booklet is to appear as well.
Please stay tuned and thank you for viewing and supporting 'Stories from Kameoka'!