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Concept and photography:
Claudia den Boer
Rob van Hoesel
Felix Bisschoff (Kleurenfelix)
Lithography and production:
Sebastiaan Hanekroot (Colour&Books)
Provincie Noord-Brabant impulsgelden
Brabants Kenniscentrum Kunst en Cultuur
In hectic life most of us long for quietness every now and then. Thinking of the notion of silence, the desert became the focus of Claudia den Boer (NL). The desert is not only a place where it’s literally quiet, but can also be interpreted as a metaphor for silence; it’s where a specific place and a ‘state of mind’ comes together.
But to Den Boer silence is a two-sided experience; it brings her closer to herself, but at the same time it is frightening to look at. Confronted with the immense space and silence she yearned for something to hold on to in the images she was making. A branch, a rock, a tree, a house, an anchor. In the desert she found a sense of coming home, her place in the world and herself.
With Anchors Den Boer shows that silence is very different from emptiness. The calm places shown in the book are attractively inviting but frightening at the same time. The book contains 23 large sized images made between 2012 and 2015 on Dutch Islands, in small Belgian and Southern France villages, the New Mexican desert USA, the Tibetan Highlands and the Moroccan Sahara desert.
Claudia den Boer graduated in 2008 from the art academy St. Joost in the photography department. Photography is a way for Den Boer to discover how she relates to places and spaces. Sometimes she comes across these places in daily life, other times she consciously searches for a specific place, area or landscape. Den Boer says about this: “place as a phenomenon fascinates me because it is omnipresent, we move through places at any time of the day, it is what we see around us, it is where we meet, it is as it were scenery where our lives play out, and I believe that places have a great influence on our state of mind.”