Maarten de Kok (1984) Stadskanaal, The Netherlands
The social interactions in my earlier pictures were often random moments. The later landscapes are defined by a neutral standpoint and an all-seeing eye over the area. The people in the photos are still part of the story, but no longer the main subject. The landscape pictures are about greater subjects that extend beyond what the eye can see. The images refer to the villages history and at the same time the village at present day. I want to use reality to make reference to a greater reality. The landscapes show a world where, seemingly, nothing comes easy.