Apollonia, Paris 1986

Excerpt from ‘Nabelichting’, Chapter 23, Nothing is Real

Photography is concerned with much more than capturing reality at a certain point in time.The act of framing a small section of the real world seems to add an importance over and above the original piece of reality. A picture becomes more interesting when you experience something that is not visible within its frame, when the story that is told extends beyond the borders of the photograph; through association, symbolism or atmosphere.

Photographers use lighting, framing, focus, direction and choice of moment in their efforts to create that extra dimension. In that manner they ‘construct’ images, give shape to their vision; some after long nights of brainstorming, others on the fly, in a split second. When they are able to do so in a way that makes the picture look ‘real’, the ‘construction’ invisible, unaffected and natural, I think they do a good job.

When I see a picture that tells it’s story well, pleases the eye and gives the impression that what I see really happened and is not ‘constructed’ for the sake of the photograph itself, we’re getting in the direction of what I consider to be ‘a good shot’.
Like the tricks of a magician. They need to be incomprehensible to be taken seriously.
Appearances are deceptive, nothing is what it seems.


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