Photographs by Ellert Haitjema.
Timmer Art Books, 2010. 120 pp., Illustrated throughout, 11¾x8¾".

Publisher's Description
Watching closely, Thinking Wildly

Foreignness is my joy - it captures my attention as nothing else does. It's why I travel a lot. And, though I don't really like moving around, the hunger for images drives me to faraway places with foreign customs. But it is not only far away that I have my camera close to hand, pointed at improvised repairs; wondrous, temporary structures; inventive packaging and highly personal attributes marked by someone's inexact use of materials. I am also constantly on the lookout for contributions of everyday imagination around the corner from me and on the street where I live.

The snapshots I make serve as the material for sculptures - I use these photographic notes as the cause, the source of my inspiration and the model for sculptures and installations, or parts thereof. Inventiveness and attention, precision and laxity, and the completely open approach which these creations utter - they speak volumes about the maker-user and the circumstances in which he must try to survive. The maker-user is seldom seen in these photographs, even though he is generally the central figure. And, as these photographs demonstrate, these are not creations that call attention to themselves. On the contrary, each piece seems to say, 'Just ignore me'. This odd, guileless, creative use of everyday objects is not bound to any particular place or culture. It is a global culture - a universal culture - which contributes to the imagination in just about everyone's surroundings. Through HAPHAZARD I want to reveal this everyday creativity and inventiveness in unexpected places and underappreciated situations.

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