I stay in places, locations far from the outside world. Being in this world -and the long time spent there in solitude- brings me in a kind of ‘zero state of being’. My photos originate in this space where intuition wins from thoughts and words, I take the camera out of my bag to photograph only when I feel I arrived at the most basal state of our own nature and being. After that comes the seeing, and the photographing.
The process of a slow but intense search for a basal core in what I photograph is prolonged in the darkroom where I handprint my works small and large scale fiber prints.
The step to make a book of my photo works took quite a while. How to translate the often dark, tactile and introvert images in a book? I could not imagine how. Working with Hans Gremmen on making ‘Sequester’ worked out wonderfully. The paper used for the printing, the folded dust-jacket cover, the rough carton cover inside, and the black paper sections in where you are drawn into this dark world. Hans Gremmen understood how to treat the photo works.
Written & Photography feature – Awoiska van der Molen
Published by Fw Publishing, Awoiska’s ‘Sequester’ was selected as the ‘Best Book of 2014’ for Photo Eye by Manik Katyal