Coming across the images of Wouter Van de Voorde, it was clear that they conveyed a painterly essence. Upon looking at his bio, it’s no surprise to find out the Wouter started out as a landscape painter.
The series that particularly stood out for us here at Route, was ‘Hume Sunrise’. The set documents a 1KM square area on the edge of the Australian capital territory.
When asked about they series as a whole, this is what Wouter told us. “Early morning fog is one of the features of the Canberran winter rendering non-places into mystical wastelands. Wandering through these paddocks while shooting this series I imagined soldiers running through the fog, bombs, grenades, WWI… The photographer as a lone soldier wandering zig zag across the front-line in a brief instant of cease-fire. Until the sun breaks through the fog.”
These landscapes are extremely beautiful, the fog creates an eerie haze, slowly burning off to show the morning in all it’s natural Australian glory. You can definitely pick out the formal artist training in these images. As a set they work brilliantly, one flat desolate image leading onto the other. Even the colours blend into one another, replicating the ombre shades created with a paint brush.
There are no people present in the images, just traces left in the landscape. An aesthetic which plays brilliantly into Van de Voorde’s historic musings of rambling this fascinating landscape. By describing himself, the photographer as a ‘lone soldier’ makes the landscape seem even more desolate and unwelcoming. The fog hiding identity, masking insecurities, or enveloping us in mystery or confusion.
Theres much more to see on his website - take a look HERE
All images © Wouter Van de Voorde
Thanks to Hannah Rowsell for the feature and write up! :)