Author: HJ Hunter | Duration: 12:44min
Bob’s fight is a portrait of man who lives alone in a broken house. He spends most of his time repairing the walls and roof of his house, instead of pursuing his passion for painting and reading.Photographing him over a longer period of time, made me see who he really is: a sympathetic, art-loving and intelligent person, always willing to share his deep scientific knowledge of the natural, physical world with me. Underneath his fight for better living conditions, lies his wish to be accepted and respected like other citizens, instead of being neglected as a social outcast. The pictures were taken between 2014 and the summer of 2016. I would like to thank Dutch musician Wolfert Bredero for his permission to use his composition ‘Empty Room’ (from the album ‘Currents’). And special thanks to my son Tobi, who did a wonderful job editing this film for me.
About HJ Hunter
I’m a storyteller. In my puberty I discovered a talent for writing. I studied literature and wanted to become a journalist or novelist, but instead I developed a career as commercial writer. All my life I’ve had a ‘silent’ passion for photography. In the analog period I did some courses and had a dark room at home. But it’s only some four years ago that photography turned my life upside down. In 2012 I bought a decent camera and started doing what I should have done a long time ago: taking photography serious. Since then I work, eat and dream with photography. Finally I follow my heart, not yet knowing where this will bring me to.
Although my motivation comes from inside, it helps to get attention and support from professionals in the industry. That’s why I started to publish my work on curated websites like 1X.com and to participate in worldwide competitions. As a result, I saw my pictures published in the prestigious yearbooks ‘Passion’ (2013) and ‘Mono’ (2014) from 1X.com. Recently I joined the Magnum-award competition on LensCulture and saw my project ‘Once upon a time’ selected for the competion galery on their website. And from april to june 2015 I had my first solo-exhibition with streetphotography in a art galery in the Netherlands (‘Lost in the City’, Galerie De Gau, Vaals).