Vernissage with Piano Recital by Bastiaan Brink
Sunday Feb 5th 2023 at 14:00h
with Pianoworks of Arvo Pårt, Simeon ten Holt, Douwe IJsenga, Bastiaan Brink, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach
About the Exhibition
Iceland - Reduced Landscapes
Iceland – the volcanic island in the far north is so completely different to what we are familiar with here in the middle of Europe. And even if today travelling to Iceland has become much more common and more comfortable, only few tourists ever see the interior deserts and especially in winter people are rarely met there. The photographic exhibition in the beautiful Bergkerk in Deventer shows landscape photography from the wild interior of Iceland structured in three main themes. The majesty of the interior mountains and deserts of Iceland are key subject of the first part. The stunning light of the high north shapes the landscape into an almost unreal scenery. Then, in the second part of the exhibition the viewer is taken very close to the structures and basic forms of the landscape. Surface structures of ice, ashes and volcanic rocks are basic elements of the compositions condensing the forms to the essentials. The pictures of the third part of the exhibition are mainly photographed in winter in the Icelandic interior deserts. On the first view these pictures even do not look like photographs. They are in fact the final reduction of the Icelandic winter into the simplest forms.
About the Photographer
From the very beginning of my photography in the 1980ies I was already fascinated by the special mood of black and white. I got my first camera and went out into the forests and mountain ranges of my home in Hesse in the middle of Germany. Almost naturally landscape became my favourite photographic object. In Winter I went out to catch shapes and forms of ice and snow and I became aware that it had been often the special light conditions in unpleasing weather which attracted me most. And the medium of black and white was just perfectly supportive to these affections.
In 1987 I visited Iceland for the first time and I got immediately addicted. Although I travelled quite a lot to other countries and enjoyed those places too, over the years I had to return to Iceland again and again. The highlands and the interior deserts in their various and sometimes very extreme weather and light conditions never stopped to thrill me.
Geometric shapes and structures in extreme light have always fascinated me and so they are mirrored in most of my photographs. But looking back into my own development in photography I feel that my view on these landscapes has changed with time. Starting with the great majestic sceneries in a classical sense I came to the minimalistic essence of a landscape recently.
Black & White Photography
For traditional landscape photography great tonality and details are key and so consequently large format cameras were used for a main part of these. Scanning the negative after individual development is a standard procedure for analogous photography today. The more recent pictures were taken mostly digital. The pictures are printed on high quality fine art papers by use of Ultrachrome K3 inks.