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About me

I am inspired by the complexity and vulnerability of nature. At the same time, nature is so strong, and shows itself to us in great simplicity.
Nature speaks to us in a modest silence. My photos and short prose and poems show how I hear the words of nature.

Artist statement

Daily life in the western world is overflowing with stimuli that continuously force our senses to the limit of their abilities. In my photographs I seek to capture the simplicity and tranquility of natural environments and to share my experience of nature’s soul.

My work is often described by others as abstract, minimalist and impressionist. My style is distinct and pure, and is characterized by soft colors, soft focus and the effects created by how I move my camera during making the photo. I like experimenting and exploring the limits of what the camera can handle.
I myself often describe my style as abstract realism.

I mostly work in nature where I immerse myself in the shapes, colors, sounds and stillness of the natural surroundings.
My work can be described as the most pure form of fine art photography, since I choose to create the abstract and impressionist effects as seen in my photographs, using only the basic camera settings.
Photo software is used only to remove dust or to adjust brightness, contrast and cropping to improve my compositions. I don’t manipulate my photos and I don’t use digital editing tools or filters.

The titles of my photos are an important element of the entire work of art. In addition, I often write a short poem or a few lines of prose to a photo.

With my artworks, I want to tease and stimulate more than just your sight. I want you to sense what I sensed when I made the artwork; the light, the temperature, the atmosphere… sometimes even the scent of a damp autumn forest and the cold of the whirling salty breath of a storm on the beach of the North Sea.

 

Biography

I am a self taught fine art photographer, with extensive experience in analog photography, developing and printing in my own darkroom, as well as working with digital cameras.

At the age of twelve, my father gave me my first camera. It was his old camera, an Agfa Click I. Thus he could prevent that I, especially during holidays, continuously asked him to allow me to take a photo with his camera. I still have a few of the first photos I made with it…
At the age of sixteen I bought my first SLR (Single-lens reflex) camera, at the age of seventeen I wanted to learn to develop and print my own black and white films. Since I didn’t have the money to buy an enlarger, I built one myself of wood and used the lens of my camera.

Since 2014, after quitting a demanding job in facilities management and real estate, I focused on simple, natural and sustainable living. This new way of living is reflected in my work; I am exploring the simpleness and the stillness of pure, natural environments with my camera.

I was born in the city of Gouda, the Netherlands in 1959. I currently live with my wife and dog in a small farmhouse in the Thy region in North West Jutland, Denmark. The special (nordic) light and colors in this coastal area inspired me to develop my current style. My photographs are being exhibited around the world and have been sold to collectors and art lovers in various countries.

 

It is my belief that I grow by looking, listening and feeling what others are creating -feelings, words, sounds, objects, images, … – and by trying to understand what that creation could mean to them and means to me. That does not automatically have to mean that I think the creation is beautiful or interesting.
Man becomes richer by consciously looking around. Whether what he sees is to him beautiful or ugly; interesting or uninteresting; worth to keep, remember and cherish or suitable for immediate disposal… All that is not relevant, because everything contributes to his personal education, growth and creativity.

Jacob

 

 

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In addition to my own website, you can find a selection of my work on saatchiart.com , artmajeur.com , MegaArt.it , ArtSmiley and New Intelligentsia .

Also you can see and buy some of my work in the art shop Design Agger in the town Agger, North Jutland, Denmark.

All photos are for sale as an open edition print, and as a limited edition of 28 prints in total.
For every photograph I sell a maximum of 4 signed and numbered art prints per size within the total of 28 limited edition prints.
See the page Info & prices for the various options, sizes and prices.

Questions or orders you can send to me by filling out the contact form or by email to jacobberghoef@gmail.com

 

Photographing algae on a breakwater near Agger in Denmark

Photographing algae on a breakwater near Agger in Denmark

Painting a sunset on the beach near Agger in Denmark

Painting a sunset on the beach near Agger in Denmark

As close as possible... Photographing flowers in Denmark

As close as possible… Photographing flowers in Denmark

 

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

― Aristotle

 

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