To pick up a stone
Claudia den Boer, Untitled,
To pick up a stone, 2019
Claudia den Boer
Claudia den Boer (Oosteind, 1979) is a Tilburg-based photographer. In 2008 she obtained a degree in photography from AKV | St. Joost. Den Boer has done multiple multidisciplinary collaborations with architects, dancers and choreographers, among others. Her work is shown internationally and she participated in various international artist residencies. The photographer recently realized a 108-meter-long work of art in the public space in Tilburg, on behalf of the Township. On the occasion of her second photobook, Den Boer is organizing the exhibition and book launch in cooperation with SEA Foundation.
Den Boer finds her inspiration in all kinds of places. On the one hand she is fascinated by places that people create, personal places such as the place where people live. On the other hand however, she is intrigued by places that are wide and elusive, where man becomes insignificant. In this landscape she feels connected to the space around her. While photographing this silent landscape, she also finds the silence within herself. Den Boer tries to convey this stillness to the viewer, through her photos. In the silence one can reconnect with one’s own core, it calms and enlightens, although the silence can sometimes be frightening.
To pick up a stone
To pick up a stone is based on her earlier work Anchors where the photographer started picking up stones. This project arose from the urge Den Boer felt to take a piece of the landscape and to carry it with her. Later, Den Boer started to photograph the silent presence of mountains while traveling. Slowly, the idea of photographing “the mountain in the stone” arose.
By playing with factors such as scale, lighting and position, questions arise about the perception of the mountains and stones depicted in her work. During the process, mountain and stone eventually became one for Den Boer. The photographer invites her audience to take a look at the photos and then to look again. In the eyes of Claudia den Boer, the same stone or the same mountain can look different every time you look at it due to different circumstances. This matter raises questions about human perception. With To pick up a stone, the photographer tries to slow down and numb the viewers by challenging them to make a connection with something very ancient.