Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.
Because a vision softly creeping, left its seeds while I was sleeping.
And, the vision that was planted in my brain, still remains.
Within the sound of silence.
These words by two iconic artists could have many interpretations. During one of my first urbex adventures this song played on the radio while I was driving to one of the most amazing buildings I have seen in my life. Before this day, my photography passions were mostly focussed on people and landscapes, like many great photographers out there. However that day, while walking around in that breathtaking place with her long empty hallways, majestic staircases and no one around me, no sound except for the wind blowing through a cracked window and Simon and Garfunkel still echoing in my mind, I realized, that my passion is with this beautiful “Sound of Silence”.
It feels like going back in time, finding history in places that haven’t been in use for years, often revealing incredible traces of time. Peeling paint and dew drops glistening on spider webs, ruffled curtains that flutter in a breeze. Portraits showing stern faces of the previous owners following your every move. Occasionally, the silence in these places is deafening, I can’t help but be touched and swept away when I imagine what scenes once unfolded there. Every experience is a new adventure, a new story to be captured and told.
Buildings and places hidden from the world. Amazing and beautiful, but occasionally sad stories of the past that gradually fade away into the darkness. Stories and sounds that should never be forgotten, stories that can give joy, comfort or solace. Stories that people can relate to. Sharing the powerful beauty, strength and history of these memories does not need words, the images alone are enough to tell their story to those who choose to hear them.
Silent stories feed my imagination, silent stories are my passion, and my passion is to give you, your personal ‘sound of silence’.