We Would Come to Doubt Everything.
And Almost Everyone Would Come to Doubt.
Concept and photographs by Wytske van Keulen. Text by Nickel van Duijvenboden,
design by Adriaan Mellegers.
Wytske van Keulen, 2008. 328 pp., 105 color illustrations, 4½x7".
‘The documentary photo project ‘We would come to doubt everything…’
deals with Juan (Jan), a Brabant dentist who thirty years ago left everything
behind to start a new life in the remote mountain village of San Sebastian
de Garabandal in Spain. Juan de la Torre leads the life of a hermit and has
devoted himself to the ‘study of life’, immersing himself in books on religion,
alternative philosophies, the falsification of history and conspiracy theories.
Van Keulen visited Juan and took pictures of both the rugged, romantic
mountain landscape around Garabandal and Juan’s daily life. By enveloping
her subject, leaving openings in the image sequence and occasionally
adding existing archive material to her photographs, the photographer is able
to create a portrait of a mysterious figure. Van Keulen stretches the limits of
the documentary genre, and explicitly appeals to the viewer’s imagination.’
(Xander Karskens, 2008)