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