Who? Scarlett Hooft Graafland
Why? “I mainly make my work because I like to create new worlds, I like to play with the notion of possibilities.
To use the elements that are there, this can be a salt desert, flamingos, a polar bear skin.
So the working method is to respond to my surroundings and see what I can use.
Also many times I need help from the local community to make things happen, to get to places, have women sitting on
salt mountains or on a Chinese roof for example, so the communication with these people is an important element in my work as well.
All the photos are made with an analogue camera and printed directly from the negative, so there is no manipulation
done in the image by photoshop.
I like this aspect, it is really about creating possibilities in the ‘real way’, to show the purity of nature,
the power of these landscapes. The photos are like fragmented narratives, not a full story, the audience
can still fill it in him/her self.
I made the photos on very different locations, some are made in the Canadian arctic, in one of the most
northern Inuit settlements, another series is made in Bolivia in the Altiplano. And there is work made in Norway,
in southern China, Iceland and India. Every time it is a challenge to see what is possible, how local people will
respond to my ideas and if they are willing to help.”
Article by Pirita Litmanen