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Me as a landscapephotographer

annemarie hoogwoud

My first contact with a camera occurred at the age of 15. We lived in Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam. Our neighbour regularly travelled to Iceland and Greenland and took photographs of the landscape and night after night I would looked through his slides.  My passion for landscapes started there, at those nights…
At the end of the ‘90’s, I decided to follow the professional course in photography at the Fotovakschool in Apeldoorn. With my new and broad knowledge, I started my career as a photographer: from wedding albums to funeral cards and everything in between, searching for what moved me the most.”

After searching to find my way within photography for years, the Dutch province of Friesland asked me to portray the Frisian landscapes. Over the course of six weeks, I travelled through this beautiful province with a camera in my hand.

My world changed

I had found my destiny: alone, in a landscape, is where I feel best. A memorable period.
Far away from the hectic world, the hurry, the deadlines, the running forward without looking back. A world I know so well and one that can be valuable as well, it makes me realise why I love to do what I do: portraying the beauty of the everyday landscape. Alone in nature, with or without my camera, feels like coming home, coming closer myself. There, in the middle of that beautiful nature, I can reflect on what is and continue from thereon. Finding inner peace. These are my meditative moments of reflection.

Photography helps me to see what’s going on. That is the thread which runs through my life. Through images, I look for the essence; that powerful simplicity, the beauty of everyday life. Literally and figuratively being a part of the landscape and creating a world of space. And from this world, other new worlds unfold.

My main inspiration

My main inspiration is Charlie Waite, a well-known landscape photographer from England. He taught me that you need an open mind to take photographs:

Your mind and attitude to the landscape itself must be in the right shape.”

How you relate to the landscape is indeed crucial. Just look at my picture of the Konikhorses of the Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve. I can only catch such an image when I take my time. When I wait for the right moment to happen. When everything coincides. I‘m always the most surprised when I have no expectations. When I simply wait and watch. The essence of the landscape reveals itself in languor.

Taking pictures changes me.

That’s how my personal interpretation of everything I see is created. This brings me closer and closer to the ‘nature of my vision’: I believe that photography is a way to look at yourself. When I take pictures, and look at other people’s photos, I get to know myself better.
My photos ask something from the viewer and do something to the viewer. Do you truly see what you see?
I hope that my photos show the following: there’s another side to the restless, turbulent and hard world. I hope my meditative images are able to slightly soften the world we live in. I hope that they capture you and inspire you to contemplate and think… that they give you a moment of reflection, contribute to your consciousness and eventually inspire you to discover new world inside of yourself. I hope my photos move you and enrich your inner world.

My dreams?

I have a whole list of them! But my most important dreams are to see my work hanging in a gallery and a simultaneous exhibition in Bern and Lisbon for my ‘Night Train to Lisbon’ project… And well, FOAM or Guggenheim … you’re allowed to dream, right?
Become visible through my images and with them show the beauty, languor and softness of the world in which we live. This is what my eye on landscape means to me.

“A good photograph is a received photograph, an exchange between you and the landscape, in which there is a dialogue between the two of you. It is simply courtesy to allow the landscape to speak.” – Charlie Waite, landscape photographer

Annemarie Hoogwoud | m 06 51924070

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Publications

2017 Vloeiend Landschap, over de toekomst van het fries landschap

2016 Foar in mooi Fryslân, 6 jaar team Ruimtelijke Kwaliteit Provincie Fryslân

2014 Interview Pf magazine

2014 Interview Digifoto Pro

2013 Jaarboek landschapsarchitectuur en stedenbouw

2012 LTO Noord, visie op agrarisch Flevoland

2010 Fotoboek MFA Warns

2009 Advies- en Werkboek De Nije Pleats yn Fryslân

2008 ROC friese poort Sneek, fotoboek nieuwbouw

2007 Streekplan Fryslân

2006 ROMTE, het friese landschap van de toekomst

 

Exhibitions

2013 Seats2Meet Groningen, Groningse wijken in beeld

2010 MFA Warns, expositie foto’s van de bouw van het MFA

2010 Gemeente Nijefurd

2008 Triënnale Apeldoorn

 

Education

2017 Exhibiting and Selling landscape images
Charlie Waite and Luke Whitaker, Light and Land, England

2015 FlowerPhotography
Sue Bishop & Charlie Waite, Light and Land, The Netherlands

2013 Landscape Photography
Charlie Waite, Light and Land, England

2011 Urban Development
Imagelab, Amsterdam

2010 Landscape Photography
Bas Meelker Photography, The Netherlands

2007 Landscape & Architecture photography
Fotovakschool Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

2006 Workflow Digital Photography
NIDF, The Netherlands

1998-2001 Vakopleiding Fotografie
Fotovakschool, Apeldoorn