Eva Weerts (Art Department Trainee), Vera van der Sandt (Art Director), Sander de Vries (Art Department Runner), Marius Touwen (Assistant Art Department), Ida Doodeman (Hand Props)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Soccer pitch. Barreirinhas, Brazil.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Martijn Lakemeier (Actor) & Dana Nechushtan (Director)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Sweet

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Marcel Hensema (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Justus Engelbracht (Clapper/Loader)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Antoin Cox (Sound Mixer) Bert Pot (Director of Photography) Ari Hemelaar (1st AD)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Kim van Kooten as Machteld Augustinus

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For the second season of the Dutch television hit-series
‘Hollands Hoop’, I portrayed the main cast members in
character and in their fictional habitat.

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Sabrina Carli (Lighting Trainee) & Giel Born (Best Boy)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Life

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Moments

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Executive

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Chicago, U.S.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
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Peter Paul Muller (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Marcel Hensema (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Berlin, Germany.

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Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

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Social housing with Marquis Hawkes

“People think it’s a no-go zone,” says our guide while he drives us around Marzahn, a district on the north-eastern border of Berlin. It’s a sunny August afternoon and we’re about 15 kilometres from Alexanderplatz, being driven around in the Volkswagen Polo of a 40-year-old Mohawk-sporting Englishman, who is showing us around the area in which he lives. It’s an incredibly green and spacious scene, people are walking their dogs, and we hear the excited shouts of the many kids playing outside. And no matter where we look, there’s always a concrete Plattenbau high-rise in the backdrop. There are dozens and dozens of them, many of which have recently been renovated, dressed in fresh colours and looking crisp in the lush summer landscape.

Our guide is Mark Hawkins, better known as Marquis Hawkes, a DJ and a producer of soulful, club-ready house music. Having made music and DJ’d under different aliases since the nineties, he adopted his current pseudonym several years ago. In June, Marquis Hawkes’ debut album Social Housing dropped, an album inspired by the socialist housing estates of Marzahn, where he and his family moved four years ago. “Living in one of the poorest parts of Berlin had an effect on the sound of my album,” Hawkins says. “The backdrop of having people leading tough lives around me, alongside our own everyday struggle just to keep the bills paid and food on the table, it has that influence.” While he speeds his car through the sea of high-rises, we talk about living in Marzahn, housing policies, and how he relates to the scene in Berlin’s popular areas.

 

*Read full article by Mark Minkjan for Failed Architecture.
*Project featured on Thump.

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Martijn Lakemeier (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Bert Pot (Director of Photography), Kaspar Burghard (Grip) & Mark du Plessis (1st Assistant Camera)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Sabrina Carli (Lighting Trainee) & Taco Regtien (Set Dresser / Weed Specialist)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

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Social housing with Marquis Hawkes

“People think it’s a no-go zone,” says our guide while he drives us around Marzahn, a district on the north-eastern border of Berlin. It’s a sunny August afternoon and we’re about 15 kilometres from Alexanderplatz, being driven around in the Volkswagen Polo of a 40-year-old Mohawk-sporting Englishman, who is showing us around the area in which he lives. It’s an incredibly green and spacious scene, people are walking their dogs, and we hear the excited shouts of the many kids playing outside. And no matter where we look, there’s always a concrete Plattenbau high-rise in the backdrop. There are dozens and dozens of them, many of which have recently been renovated, dressed in fresh colours and looking crisp in the lush summer landscape.

Our guide is Mark Hawkins, better known as Marquis Hawkes, a DJ and a producer of soulful, club-ready house music. Having made music and DJ’d under different aliases since the nineties, he adopted his current pseudonym several years ago. In June, Marquis Hawkes’ debut album Social Housing dropped, an album inspired by the socialist housing estates of Marzahn, where he and his family moved four years ago. “Living in one of the poorest parts of Berlin had an effect on the sound of my album,” Hawkins says. “The backdrop of having people leading tough lives around me, alongside our own everyday struggle just to keep the bills paid and food on the table, it has that influence.” While he speeds his car through the sea of high-rises, we talk about living in Marzahn, housing policies, and how he relates to the scene in Berlin’s popular areas.

 

*Read full article by Mark Minkjan for Failed Architecture.
*Project featured on Thump.

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Antonio Martinez Urbina (Video Assist)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Ko Lanta, Thailand.

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Taco Regtien (Set Dresser / Weed Specialist)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Sabrina Carli (Lighting trainee)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Jur Oster & Giel Born (Best Boy)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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New York, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Yara. Amsterdam, NL.

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Mark du Plessis (1st Assistant Camera)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Ring road overpass for the Schiphol line in the direction of Museumplein.
(never been put to use)

In the 1970s, the Dutch National Railways sought to establish a high-speed link between Amsterdam’s inner city and Schipol airport via Museumplein. The idea was to construct a tunnel to accommodate an underground railway station, serving the southern part of the old city. In 1978, Station Zuid WTC was opened – Amsterdam’s second largest station today, but at the time only considered as a temporary solution to the plans at large.

Terminus ‘Amsterdam Museumplein’ was never realised. During the 1980s, the city’s planning department changed their trajectory and in 1986 decided to create a fast connection to Schipol by extending the existing railway network. The first segment of the tunnel had already been built at this point. Situated under the southern part of the ring road, it was used ad hoc for raves. A few years ago, concrete blocks were placed at the entrances to block this kind of activity in the space.

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Boondoggles exist in almost every city.

boondoggle is considered to be an unnecessary and wasteful object, continued because the politics and money involved in its demolition are placed in greater weight than its usefulness.

Boondoggles are often visualised as bridges to nowhere, motorway exits that end in mid-air and abandoned interchanges. Usually they are state-funded initiatives that for political and/or economical reasons stray from their original use. More often than not, local and national governments and clever individuals have redefined the spaces by finding a new use for them.

Together with urban historian Tim Verlaan, I started an inventory of Amsterdam’s boondoggles. Our aim is to map out their occurrences further afield as well.

All the pictures are shot on instant film, a well known process originated in the 1920’s and made popular by Polariod during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Instant film is still being used today by both professional and amateur photographers around the world because of its unique characteristics. After pulling the trigger and standing on the street for a few minutes holding the film in the dark corners of your coat, looking like your about to pull out a gun, you wait for a chemical process to develop the instant camera’s interpretation of what you captured. The outcome of instant film is never quite the same. Its chemical properties make it react and alter to its surroundings. This will determine the way it will look over the years. So what you see in the first instance isn’t necessarily what you’ll see years later.

 

*Boondoggles in De Volkskrant, 06/10/2010.

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Classe A

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Giel Born (Best Boy)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Kim van Kooten, Marcel Hensema, Martijn Lakemeier, Megan de Kruijf and Amber Berentsen as the Augustinus family.

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For the second season of the Dutch television hit-series
‘Hollands Hoop’, I portrayed the main cast members in
character and in their fictional habitat.

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Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil.

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Bert Pot (Director of Photography) & Martijn Lakemeier (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Granville

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Rotterdam, NL.

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Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

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Social housing with Marquis Hawkes

“People think it’s a no-go zone,” says our guide while he drives us around Marzahn, a district on the north-eastern border of Berlin. It’s a sunny August afternoon and we’re about 15 kilometres from Alexanderplatz, being driven around in the Volkswagen Polo of a 40-year-old Mohawk-sporting Englishman, who is showing us around the area in which he lives. It’s an incredibly green and spacious scene, people are walking their dogs, and we hear the excited shouts of the many kids playing outside. And no matter where we look, there’s always a concrete Plattenbau high-rise in the backdrop. There are dozens and dozens of them, many of which have recently been renovated, dressed in fresh colours and looking crisp in the lush summer landscape.

Our guide is Mark Hawkins, better known as Marquis Hawkes, a DJ and a producer of soulful, club-ready house music. Having made music and DJ’d under different aliases since the nineties, he adopted his current pseudonym several years ago. In June, Marquis Hawkes’ debut album Social Housing dropped, an album inspired by the socialist housing estates of Marzahn, where he and his family moved four years ago. “Living in one of the poorest parts of Berlin had an effect on the sound of my album,” Hawkins says. “The backdrop of having people leading tough lives around me, alongside our own everyday struggle just to keep the bills paid and food on the table, it has that influence.” While he speeds his car through the sea of high-rises, we talk about living in Marzahn, housing policies, and how he relates to the scene in Berlin’s popular areas.

 

*Read full article by Mark Minkjan for Failed Architecture.
*Project featured on Thump.

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Widening of the Haarlemmerhouttuinen
(only partially in use nowadays)

In the 1960s, the municipality planned to increase a two-lane motorway to four lanes, in the same direction as the railway tracks to the West of Central Station. For this addition, 640 houses, adjacent to the Haarlemmerhouttuinen and Haarlemmerplein, were torn down. A sum of almost 1500 residents were evicted from their homes as a result.

Opposing this move, residents criticised the redevelopment of the area, stating that ‘the wounds should be healed, the demolition works must be stopped’. In 1973, the municipality decided to reduce the number of lanes from four to two again and proposed that the vacant space be allocated to the use of social housing.

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Boondoggles exist in almost every city.

boondoggle is considered to be an unnecessary and wasteful object, continued because the politics and money involved in its demolition are placed in greater weight than its usefulness.

Boondoggles are often visualised as bridges to nowhere, motorway exits that end in mid-air and abandoned interchanges. Usually they are state-funded initiatives that for political and/or economical reasons stray from their original use. More often than not, local and national governments and clever individuals have redefined the spaces by finding a new use for them.

Together with urban historian Tim Verlaan, I started an inventory of Amsterdam’s boondoggles. Our aim is to map out their occurrences further afield as well.

All the pictures are shot on instant film, a well known process originated in the 1920’s and made popular by Polariod during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Instant film is still being used today by both professional and amateur photographers around the world because of its unique characteristics. After pulling the trigger and standing on the street for a few minutes holding the film in the dark corners of your coat, looking like your about to pull out a gun, you wait for a chemical process to develop the instant camera’s interpretation of what you captured. The outcome of instant film is never quite the same. Its chemical properties make it react and alter to its surroundings. This will determine the way it will look over the years. So what you see in the first instance isn’t necessarily what you’ll see years later.

 

*Boondoggles in De Volkskrant, 06/10/2010.

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Five Stars

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Eternity

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

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Social housing with Marquis Hawkes

“People think it’s a no-go zone,” says our guide while he drives us around Marzahn, a district on the north-eastern border of Berlin. It’s a sunny August afternoon and we’re about 15 kilometres from Alexanderplatz, being driven around in the Volkswagen Polo of a 40-year-old Mohawk-sporting Englishman, who is showing us around the area in which he lives. It’s an incredibly green and spacious scene, people are walking their dogs, and we hear the excited shouts of the many kids playing outside. And no matter where we look, there’s always a concrete Plattenbau high-rise in the backdrop. There are dozens and dozens of them, many of which have recently been renovated, dressed in fresh colours and looking crisp in the lush summer landscape.

Our guide is Mark Hawkins, better known as Marquis Hawkes, a DJ and a producer of soulful, club-ready house music. Having made music and DJ’d under different aliases since the nineties, he adopted his current pseudonym several years ago. In June, Marquis Hawkes’ debut album Social Housing dropped, an album inspired by the socialist housing estates of Marzahn, where he and his family moved four years ago. “Living in one of the poorest parts of Berlin had an effect on the sound of my album,” Hawkins says. “The backdrop of having people leading tough lives around me, alongside our own everyday struggle just to keep the bills paid and food on the table, it has that influence.” While he speeds his car through the sea of high-rises, we talk about living in Marzahn, housing policies, and how he relates to the scene in Berlin’s popular areas.

 

*Read full article by Mark Minkjan for Failed Architecture.
*Project featured on Thump.

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New York, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Detroit, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
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Panama City, Panama.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Hollands Hope

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Haarlem, NL.

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San Diego

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Desejos

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Bert Pot (Director of Photography)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Rotterdam, NL.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Simply Red

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Berlin, DE.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Salvador, Brazil.

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Uwe Kuipers (Gaffer) & Bert Pot (Director of Photography)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Paraiso de Bebe

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Kim van Kooten (Actress)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Leicester, U.K.

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Lindelotte van der Meer (Assistant Hair & Make Up)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Alter do Chão, Brazil.

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Secrets

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Jesse. New York, U.S.

 

 

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Where’s Wally. Prague, Czech Republic.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Uwe Kuipers (Gaffer)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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New York, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Salvador, Brazil.

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Las Vegas

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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New York, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Le Royale

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Pai, Thailand.

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Playboy

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Krakow, Poland.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Aart, Amsterdam, NL.

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Stairway to Heaven

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Rotterdam, NL.

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Phae. Rotterdam, NL.

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Palmeiras, Brazil.

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Love Land

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Uwe Kuipers (Gaffer)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Stall keeper. Manaus, Brazil.

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Sabrina Carli (Lighting Trainee)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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New York, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Detroit, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Marcel Hensema (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Amsterdam, NL.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Uwe Kuipers

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Border England – Scotland, UK.

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Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

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Social housing with Marquis Hawkes

“People think it’s a no-go zone,” says our guide while he drives us around Marzahn, a district on the north-eastern border of Berlin. It’s a sunny August afternoon and we’re about 15 kilometres from Alexanderplatz, being driven around in the Volkswagen Polo of a 40-year-old Mohawk-sporting Englishman, who is showing us around the area in which he lives. It’s an incredibly green and spacious scene, people are walking their dogs, and we hear the excited shouts of the many kids playing outside. And no matter where we look, there’s always a concrete Plattenbau high-rise in the backdrop. There are dozens and dozens of them, many of which have recently been renovated, dressed in fresh colours and looking crisp in the lush summer landscape.

Our guide is Mark Hawkins, better known as Marquis Hawkes, a DJ and a producer of soulful, club-ready house music. Having made music and DJ’d under different aliases since the nineties, he adopted his current pseudonym several years ago. In June, Marquis Hawkes’ debut album Social Housing dropped, an album inspired by the socialist housing estates of Marzahn, where he and his family moved four years ago. “Living in one of the poorest parts of Berlin had an effect on the sound of my album,” Hawkins says. “The backdrop of having people leading tough lives around me, alongside our own everyday struggle just to keep the bills paid and food on the table, it has that influence.” While he speeds his car through the sea of high-rises, we talk about living in Marzahn, housing policies, and how he relates to the scene in Berlin’s popular areas.

 

*Read full article by Mark Minkjan for Failed Architecture.
*Project featured on Thump.

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Christal Palace

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Soccer Pitch. Amazon, Brazil.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Annemarie Prins (Actress) & Peter van den Begin (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Brasilia, Brazil.

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Marc. Pipa, Brazil.

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Glasgow, NL.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Peter van den Begin (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig. Paradiso, Amsterdam. NL.

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Greengrocer. Manaus, Brazil.

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New York, USA.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

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Social housing with Marquis Hawkes

“People think it’s a no-go zone,” says our guide while he drives us around Marzahn, a district on the north-eastern border of Berlin. It’s a sunny August afternoon and we’re about 15 kilometres from Alexanderplatz, being driven around in the Volkswagen Polo of a 40-year-old Mohawk-sporting Englishman, who is showing us around the area in which he lives. It’s an incredibly green and spacious scene, people are walking their dogs, and we hear the excited shouts of the many kids playing outside. And no matter where we look, there’s always a concrete Plattenbau high-rise in the backdrop. There are dozens and dozens of them, many of which have recently been renovated, dressed in fresh colours and looking crisp in the lush summer landscape.

Our guide is Mark Hawkins, better known as Marquis Hawkes, a DJ and a producer of soulful, club-ready house music. Having made music and DJ’d under different aliases since the nineties, he adopted his current pseudonym several years ago. In June, Marquis Hawkes’ debut album Social Housing dropped, an album inspired by the socialist housing estates of Marzahn, where he and his family moved four years ago. “Living in one of the poorest parts of Berlin had an effect on the sound of my album,” Hawkins says. “The backdrop of having people leading tough lives around me, alongside our own everyday struggle just to keep the bills paid and food on the table, it has that influence.” While he speeds his car through the sea of high-rises, we talk about living in Marzahn, housing policies, and how he relates to the scene in Berlin’s popular areas.

 

*Read full article by Mark Minkjan for Failed Architecture.
*Project featured on Thump.

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New York, USA.

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Megan de Kruijf as Lara Augustinus

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For the second season of the Dutch television hit-series
‘Hollands Hoop’, I portrayed the main cast members in
character and in their fictional habitat.

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Loves Day

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Jesse. Amsterdam, NL.

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Sterre. Nijkerk, NL.

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Status

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Conchita de Groot (Wardrobe)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

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Social housing with Marquis Hawkes

“People think it’s a no-go zone,” says our guide while he drives us around Marzahn, a district on the north-eastern border of Berlin. It’s a sunny August afternoon and we’re about 15 kilometres from Alexanderplatz, being driven around in the Volkswagen Polo of a 40-year-old Mohawk-sporting Englishman, who is showing us around the area in which he lives. It’s an incredibly green and spacious scene, people are walking their dogs, and we hear the excited shouts of the many kids playing outside. And no matter where we look, there’s always a concrete Plattenbau high-rise in the backdrop. There are dozens and dozens of them, many of which have recently been renovated, dressed in fresh colours and looking crisp in the lush summer landscape.

Our guide is Mark Hawkins, better known as Marquis Hawkes, a DJ and a producer of soulful, club-ready house music. Having made music and DJ’d under different aliases since the nineties, he adopted his current pseudonym several years ago. In June, Marquis Hawkes’ debut album Social Housing dropped, an album inspired by the socialist housing estates of Marzahn, where he and his family moved four years ago. “Living in one of the poorest parts of Berlin had an effect on the sound of my album,” Hawkins says. “The backdrop of having people leading tough lives around me, alongside our own everyday struggle just to keep the bills paid and food on the table, it has that influence.” While he speeds his car through the sea of high-rises, we talk about living in Marzahn, housing policies, and how he relates to the scene in Berlin’s popular areas.

 

*Read full article by Mark Minkjan for Failed Architecture.
*Project featured on Thump.

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Peter van den Begin (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Martijn Lakemeier (Actor)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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Tim. Amstelveen, NL.

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Grandpa Augestinus (Dummy)

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For over ten years now, I have been active in the film industry, working on features, commercials, shorts and corporate films. Across all of these settings, what is evident is the remarkable visual friction between the fictional world we create and the daily world that we all inhabit. In the summer, we shoot snowy Christmas scenes; during wintertime, a sunny moment in an Eastern world. What strikes me most is how fast we, as human beings, are able to adapt to situations that seem absurd to outsiders. For people working on film sets, fiction becomes a very real part of daily life, making reality interact with fiction in the most normal and therefore strangest of ways.

 

During a 76 day shoot, I decided to document the “reality” of a film set and the fiction of a drama, using only my smartphone. The idea was to capture one special moment during each shooting day and then sharing this image with the cast, crew and fans through social media. The shooting period, which entailed no less than 1,000 hours of close collaboration, offered me the opportunity to come extremely close to my objects of interest and become a true “fly on the wall.” This has resulted in a series of intimate portraits as well as bizarre snapshots, each of which blur the line between fiction and reality.

 

*Hollands Hoop on IMDB.
*Hollands Hoop exposition in De Balie.
*Hollands Hoop in (local newspaper) De Eemsbode.
*Hollands Hoop on LensCulture.
‘Shot with the cinéma vérité-style of a smartphone, this daily series of “candid” photos pierces the slick facade of film-making while causing us to question the distinction between reality and performance in our own lives.’ -LensCulture-

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In Passion

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Brazilians are passionate people. They’re not afraid to show their bodies or express their sensuality publicly, as evidenced by their exuberant celebrations of Carnival each February. Infidelity is commonly thought about, if not openly practiced. Paradoxically, having multiple partners, homosexuality and other nonconventional relationships, remain in conflict with the more dominant, conservative values that run deep beneath the country’s carnal reputation.

Large families often live together in small, cramped houses, where it’s difficult to find privacy. Young Brazilians, who tend to live at home until they marry, cannot bring their partners back home for sex. And regardless of their sexual proclivities, most Brazilians prefer to avoid a personal reputation for promiscuity, and hence, a desire to express the full range of their sexuality, discreetly and in private.

Brazilian love motels are everywhere; in urban and rural areas, even in the jungle. These tantalizing (if somewhat cheesy) “romantic escapes” offer an exciting alternative to having sex outdoors (a common practice in Brazil). They’re usually surrounded by high walls but are still easily recognized by evocative names, like “Red Love”, “Stop Time”, “Tropicál” and “Álibi”, flashing in colorful neon at the gate. Driven by a shared fascination with Brazil’s culture of love, Vera van de Sandt (art director) and myself documented the authentic interiors of Brazilian Love Motels over a two-year period, just as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics threatened to transform them into soulless tourist facilities. With the resulting photographic series “Love Land Stop Time” they capture a fascinating and provocative cultural phenomenon in paradox.

 

Limited C-prints mounted on aluminium are available
in sizes 30x30cm / 60x60cm, in edition of 8. The project also features a publication including 4 full-color prints [16x23cm], a poster and a 8 page leparello. For additional info about options and prizes please contact us at: lovelandstoptime@gmail.com

 

*Love Land Stop Time Facebook page.

 

*Love Land Stop Time in the media:
The Huffington Post
Vice
Dezeen
New Dawn Newspaper
GUP Magazine
Failed Architecture
Life Framer
CityLab
Hyperallergic
Baunetzwoche
Fastcodesign

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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IJmuiden, NL.

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Ongoing observations of human behavior and
the environment we create.

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