September 27, 2014
Awoiska van der Molen is a Dutch photographer who remains rooted in the traditions of analogue black and white photography and hand printing in the darkroom using baryta paper. These remote landscapes loom out of the darkness:
Awoiska van der Molen, tree, silver gelatin print,
The landscapes, sometimes taken during dusk or early morning, are made with long shutter speeds of almost fifteen minutes. Hence they are also about the experience of that long moment.
Awoiska van der Molen, rocks, silver gelatin print,
These kind of photographs in black and white do not entail an aesthetic of nostalgic preference for an early phase in the history of photography, or a counter to the programmed digital camera. The reason is that they unusually attentive to “the thereness of things and places”.There is a 'studiness' about them that requires a lot of observsation of the landscape and then a previsualization of the image.