I am very happy to finally introduce the work of the Dutch photographer Sander Meisner. I have been following for a long time his ‘pics’ on flickr and his artistic as conceptual evolution. It is therefore with great pleasure that we publish a text that he wrote for us and a selection of images, some of which are included in the show ‘When The Night Falls’ at KIK Nijeveen (NL) from 22.4.2012 - 26.5.2012.
«When working on a new series I usually have a very broad idea of what I want to achieve. I work with themes and ideas dealing with abstraction, transformation, function, the passing of time, change, function and dysfunction, public space and it’s discontents, the abstract landscape, context and transition.
I tend to approach the projects I am working on at a very emotional level. While working on a series I photograph the things that work for me personally, not necessarilly because they fit in with the idea for the series. While I shoot, edit and organize the photos, the idea changes and becomes more defined, which asks for more shooting.
This in turn asks for more editing and organizing again, and so on. When I feel a series is finished I end up with a product that is much deeper and has different overall feeling than I initially set out to make because I refine and redefine the overall idea of a series while making it.
In ‘White Noise’ (an ongoing body of work) I have photographed places that are nothing. White noise is a random signal with a flat power spectral density. This means it is the neutral background noise present everywhere in the universe.
The places I photographed are the neutral and random by products of the greater processes taking place around them. The photographs depict the sleeping urban infrastructure in which the presence of human existence is only implied through the man-made elements.
They are the wastelands, car parks, empty streets, dirty windows, concrete corners and heaps of mud left after the people have moved through. They are the white noise of our modern (western) cities».
© Sander Meisner