Shifts of perception by Michel van Weegberg


Michel van Weegberg, a Dutch photographer based in the city of Eindhoven.

With a love for old analogue cameras and lenses, I roam the internet, on the search for new, mostly old, equipment. Often those treasure finds lead me to new insights or new possible techniques I have to try out. I use all kinds of cameras, from a big French 8×10 inch wooden whole plate camera to a small Japanese half frame camera, and everything in between. In these cameras I expose either film or shoot directly onto photographic paper, in color or in black & white. These negative image carriers get digitised by scanning, so I can work on them, like a painter creating nuance, layer upon layer.

So with this urge to collect, for me its also a problem to not pick up something laying in front of me. Feeling the warm soul of this meaningless object I put it in my pocket. This object gets situated, among other seemingly trivial things, on my oak tabletop. Now I take a look through my homemade reflex housing attached to the Graflex Speed Graphic Pacemaker. Changing something and have another look, and change it back again…


With an opal plate roofing, my studio is built in such a way that it captures as much daylight as possible. This is were I create my still lifes, portraying the beauty of the objects and their souls. Making objects turn into subjects, giving them meaning and reason to exist. Taking the photo makes this existence eternal, therefore now it is not insuperable to distance myself from it. It is a continuous circle wherein everything takes part.

Most of my images contain more than one layer. This is because I take multiple photo’s of a formation I put up, and combine them into one image. For instance one shot on photographic color paper and one on photographic black & white paper. I believe it brings more life and dimension to the image, and it also allows me to enhance more detail. But not least it stands for multiple views, two different brand lenses with the same focal point, do not view a subject the same way.

Because of this, it is not true to state that photography lets you see reality. I think this is a truly fascinating idea, a photo being an interpretation of reality. This interpretation being a subjective view made by an object, the lens, makes the circle complete again. Not that I like everything to be round, as you can see, I rather prefer rectangular. [Official website]


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