A heavy life crushes. A light life is unbearable. This body of work reflects the dark side of desire in relation to the search for lightness. Without desire and overcoming obstacles, life becomes meaningless.
Ultimately resulting in my interpretation of ‘The unbearable lightness of being’, the title of a book by Milan Kundera which stuck to me.
How you view the world around you influences your choices. Temptations and threats follow each other up. What you seek is camouflaged in what you fear. The dual emotional quality of fear and attraction interests me. I choose not to limit myself in life by fear. It stands in the way of feeling free which is the ultimate goal.
Traveling without a plan feeds my curiosity and urge for adventure. This also counts for the way I work. While looking at my photo’s after working on them for a period of time the series evolve and the images fall into place. I look for tension and a mysterious aspect in my photo’s. Also taking them purposely out of focus makes a more impressionist image than a registration of the literal subject. This creates a timeless feel and room for interpretation.
Quoting Kundera from the book:
“The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?
About The Sodville Seven
Since her graduation from the Art Academy Utrecht, (Holland) Renée received grants, had (group) exhibitions and sold work. As a freelance photographer she missed having her mind set to creating her own independent work. This has her full focus now. She shoots her work the way she thinks. Curious, fast and confident to find the fuel to keep reinventing herself. It revolves around themes like alienation and solitude, desire and obstacles. Varying from landscape to street photography to near abstract work, her photo’s are raw and real, like life itself. [Official Website]