Bas de Jager (NL, 1984)
Bas de Jager graduated in 2016 from the Fotoacademie Amsterdam. His work focuses on empty spaces, some already existing, some which he created himself, using nothing but his own imagination as inspiration. In these vacant and often dark spaces, where there is only the slightest suggestion of architecture, the reality of contemporary life is reflected; people living alongside each other, but without having any true meaningful contact. The spaces are a metaphor for the struggle of an individual, the artist himself, wo has lost the connection with his surroundings. The absence of humans in his spaces echoes this sense of disconnect, as well as amplifying the sense of infinity in De Jager’s work. His images function as a form of escape and consolation from reality, where one can feel lonely even among the largest of crowds. In sharing a piece of his world however, De Jager has found a way to reconnect with the people around him.