MARC PENNARTZ

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I have always taken pictures. At home, outside, and in a previous life as a journalist when I took photos for my articles. However, it gained momentum after a series of serious setbacks in my personal life. I could have jumped in front of a train, but went out on the street instead and frantically started shooting in a desire for some peace and quiet. I have not yet returned from that trip. Most of my work categorises as street photography, since I almost exclusively photograph in public spaces and often have people appearing in my images. Yet, my work is not really about people or human activities, nor is it about social issues. I see my photos as tiny fragments of what’s around us. Scenes or objects that are basically irrelevant, but that are able to convey some sort of emotion when taken out of context or isolated by the eye of the photographer. What kind of emotion is something I leave up to the viewer. I like to keep things ambiguous. That's when art is at its best. I shoot most of my work in Antwerp and Brussels. Apart from my own work I help fellow photographers during workshops and through a popular Dutch-language blog on street photography.

LOCATION

Antwerp BELGIUM

CAMERA

Don't know model names - brands don't shoot, eyes do!

CATEGORY

street, urban, neo-pictorialism

WEBSITE

@MARCPENNARTZ_PHOTOGRAPHY

INTERVIEW WITH MARC