Jacob Berghoef

Jacob Berghoef

Hurup Thy, North Jutland, Denmark

About Jacob Berghoef

With my artworks, I hope to tease and stimulate more than just your sight. I want you to sense what I sensed when I made the artwork; the light, the temperature, the atmosphere... sometimes even the scent of a damp autumn forest and the cold of the whirling salty breath of a storm on the beach of the North Sea.

In this way I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we will lose if we continue on the path of 'never enough'.

My main inspiration is the vulnerability of nature. I see changes in nature. I see the effects of urbanization, the pressure of pollution and of the changes in the climate. I hope to make people aware of that vulnerability by sharing what I feel when I look around me.

My work is often described by others as abstract, minimalistic and impressionistic. My style is distinct and pure, and is characterized by soft colors, soft focus and the effects created by how I move my camera during making the photo. I like experimenting and exploring the limits of what the camera can handle.
I myself often describe my style as abstract realistic and impressionistic.

I mostly work in nature where I immerse myself in the shapes, colors, sounds and stillness of the natural surroundings.
My work can be described as the most pure form of fine art photography, since I choose to create the abstract and impressionist effects as seen in my photographs, using only the basic camera settings.
Photo software is used only to remove dust or to adjust brightness, contrast and cropping to improve my compositions. I don't manipulate my photos and I don't use digital editing tools or filters.

The titles of my photos are an important element of the entire work of art. In addition, I often write a short poem or a few lines of prose to a photo.


Born in 1959 in the city of Gouda in The Netherlands, I now live with my wife and dog in a small farmhouse in the Danish Thy region in North West Jutland. In the summer of 2018 my wife and I moved from a larger city in The Netherlands to a small hamlet in the Thy region. We fell in love with this region about ten years ago... We live a simple, minimalistic life, as self sufficient and sustainable as possible, and we love it...

My photography has been sold and exhibited in various countries all over the world.

Education

I am a self-taught fine art photographer, with extensive experience of almost 40 years. After a long period working with analog photography and developing and printing in my own darkroom, the last 10 years I mostly work with digital cameras.

Events

Workshops

2021 (October 11-18 – Croatia, Island of Korcula)
Photography holiday – abstract & impressionist fine art photography
Still places available, if interested send me a message !

2020 (June - September) Series of workshops (12 per week) in Nature Reserve Agger Tange, North Jutland, Denmark

2019 Private workshops, throughout the whole year.

2019 (June - September) Series of workshops (4 per week) in Nature Reserve Agger Tange, North Jutland, Denmark

May 2018 – 2 workshops Abstract & impressionist fine art photography for 2 groups of 8 amateur photographers

January 2018 – private workshop Abstract & impressionist fine art photography


Lectures

‘A breeze of light’ – Abstract and impressionist fine art photography
November 2017, 2 lectures for -in total- 50 amateur photographers

Exhibitions

2019 (October 6 - December 12) - Solo exhibition - The exhibition gives you an overview of my work; 5 years of abstract realistic photography - Thy Teater, Thisted, Denmark. 20 artworks.

2019 (October 4-6) - Fotofestival.dk - group exhibition - Thisted, North Jutland, Denmark. I participate with 20 artworks

2019 (July-August) - Summer exhibition. Solo exhibition of 11 artworks - Hurup Thy, Denmark

2019 (April 14-22) Easter exhibition. Duo exhibition in Frøstrup, North Jutland, Denmark

2018 (March - December) - Online group exhibition “One with Nature”, curator of this exhibition is Cynthia DuVal.

2018 (March - June) - Solo exhibition Radboud UMC, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (university hospital). For a period of 3 months, three photos have been exhibited in a public space (Front Office desk) in one of the buildings of this hospital in the city of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

2017 (November 18th-December 2nd) - Group exhibition 'Entropie', Ottovolarte Art Lab - Florence, Italy. Curator of this exhibition: Marcello Cazzaniga, Camaver Kunsthaus.

2017 (November 2017-..) - Continuous Group exhibition in art gallery Galleria d’arte di MEGA ART in the town of Corchiano (VT), Italy. Curator of this exhibition: Claudio Giulianelli. One of my works is continuously exhibited in this art gallery.

2017 (October 18th-..) - Group exhibition 'All the colors of Mega Art, art gallery Galleria d’arte di MEGA ART in the town of Corchiano (VT), Italy. Curator of this exhibition: Claudio Giulianelli

2017 - From 1 to 16 July 2017, I participated in a group exhibition in Bellano at the Como Lake in Italy with 4 photos. Curator is Marcello Cazzaniga, Camaver Kunsthaus.

2016 - Online Group Exhibition “The Muses”, an exhibition about what inspires artists. Curator of this exhibition is Cynthia Willett.

2016 - Online Group Exhibition of Experimental Video Shorts "mise–en–scènes".

2016-2017 - Continuous group exhibition in a gallery / art shop, Agger, Denmark.
Abstract landscape and seascape photos, the photos are made in the northwest of Denmark.

2015 - Solo exhibition, Leerdam, The Netherlands.
Photos of harps