Maarten van Schaik

The work of Maarten van Schaik is made during long walks in the city and its outskirts. He worked in various places, such as Las Vegas, New York, Bangkok and Amsterdam. Inside the complexity of the city, van Schaik is looking for “black holes” or “non-places”, where color, light, passersby and strange objects play together inside the frame of his camera. In the maelstrom of daily life van Schaik is looking for things and places that remain unnoticed in our hectic, everyday lives. He tries to see the importance of the seemingly unimportant.

Van Schaik about his series Ghost for a year:

‘When I’m photographing I feel like a kind of ghost; it’s like I’m in a world between reality and fantasy. Passersby appear and disappear in light and shadow. I’m only the observer of what’s going on in the ‘real’ world. In this ‘real’ world I’m searching for the filmic moment of the inexplicable world.

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