Rogier Houwen (NL, 1992)
Rogier Houwen’s thoughtful approach to photography makes him a rarity in our society obsessed with fast and new. His longing for silence and emptiness brings a desire to reconnect with nature. This desire translates into capturing accidental, almost magical moments in nature he comes across; a pink sky, a webbed toe or an eerie landscape. But he is also looking for something essential in his work; what is the primal nature of humans, but also the origin of matter, which can be found in his abstract works. The seeming variation in subjects in his oeuvre is all interconnected.All of the black and white works are hand-printed by the Houwen himself according to the traditional gelatin silver process.
In his current work Houwen is playing with the boundaries of perception and detaches himself from
the traditional photographic process: retouching ink, darkroom equipment, chemicals, unexposed negatives
and blank sheets of paper are used as separate media.
Houwen studied at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, where he graduated in 2015.