zondag 2 oktober 2011

Hans Wilschut Megacities Metropolis Noorderlicht Photofestival 2011 Groningen Photography

Hans Wilschut - Megacities


In his urban photo graphy that is part of the Noorderlicht Photofestival Metropolis, Hans Wilschut does not focus on the finished product, but on a 'moment in between', an interim state of development. His images of construction sites, which many might denigratingly term 'holes in the ground', reveal the idiosyncratic beauty of the incomplete, the building that is not yet smooth and polished. Wilschut himself describes his work as “ad hoc archaeology”. In cinematic photos, made with long exposures and a view camera, history is frozen at the moment that it takes place. At the same time, he records the dreams and desires that are being translated into steel, glass and concrete.

Hans Wilschut (Netherlands, 1966) is a photographer and visual artist. He specialises in urban and industrial landscapes, often photographed by night and from surprising angles. With his long exposures he shows us a city that appears to be built of light. Among his books are Still Motion (2010) and Hidden Harbour (2010). The latter contains images of the Rotterdam harbour in the first evening twilight.

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