In Spring 2021 it will be one year since the world came to a standstill to what became known as the COVID-19 pandemic. Commonly known as the Corona virus.
While most of us were trying to find ways to adapt to this new reality I set out to capture the stillness and raw beauty of the Islands that make up the Wadden Sea. Not to photograph of what is, but rather of what’s not. Of what is absent. Hence the title The Quietness of Absence.
Just as Islands represent a certain kind of isolation and are by nature more inward looking. They also force us to slow down. To accept and to surrender. To hit the pause button while still in motion. And it wasn’t so much that the world had changed. It was rather we had changed. A washed up dead seal took on a very different meaning. Sheep on the flat sands of the Wadden Sea felt biblical. Chance encounters became the new normal. As if mankind had decided to retreat.
The Quietness of Absence is a visual journey of someone trying to adapt to a new set of rules. Of someone not only trying to find peace, but to be at peace. In accepting a world that underneath the seemingly external calmness is clearly under pressure.