I am a Dutch photographer and like to explore urban cities, my own hometown Rotterdam, other Dutch towns but also a few times a year cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Antwerp. It is fascinating to see how cities work, transportation, living, housing, suburbs, relaxation, urban planning, public transport, urban construction, parking and so on. Especially I am interested in the urban city landscape, the beauty of nowhere places, the banal, the ordinary things. Places everybody use and pass by without seeing them. My explorations I do by foot, I walk early in the morning or late in the afternoon, just after sunrise or around sunset, away from the beaten tracks, walk trough back alley’s, enter parkings, enter buildings, climb stairs to find interesting places and locations to photograph them in an objective way just as they are. I try to minimise the human figure in my photo’s because I want the focus on the ordinary place where everything you see is human altered, in that way the human hand is always present in my photography. In the composition of my photos I like to make use of lines, light, shadows and colors. I post-proces my photo’s in Lightroom, if necessary I do some alterations in color balance, contrast, highlights, shadows and sharpening. I like to photograph with a wide angle 17mm lens on my Canon camera or a small handy and light Leica.
I am inspired by the German ‘Dusseldorf School’ from Hilde and Bernd Becher and the American ‘New Topographics’ movement, especially photographers as Stephen Shore, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Lewis Baltz, Robert Adams and Frank Gohlke. My travels and walkings brings me enough inspiration for photography projects, currently I am working on several projects: Parkings; Road signs; From above; Urban decay; Outlets, Construction, Urban topography and 500 metres.
You can see more of my work on: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dicksnaterse/