Image Project: Dorothée Meyer

Dorothée Meyer, Een laatste blik

 

The first artist to take on this task is Dorothée Meyer. She took photos on the perimeter of the existing Maasvlakte during the summer of 2007. Meyer stayed in the area for months, constantly waiting for the right light. In early 2008, the results of her work were exhibited in the Netherlands Photomuseum.


Dorothée Meyer: ‘Because I was the first photographer to set to work here, the obvious choice for me was to focus on the existing landscape. I thought the first preparations for the work on Maasvlakte 2 - the first changes there - would be interesting, because they show us an in-between stage. I wanted to record the landscape in such a way that the images still leave something to the viewer’s interpretation and imagination. Vistas that express a sense of space and silence, of darkness and natural power. A tension between the old constructed landscape and the looming changes.’

Dorothée Meyer (Cologne, 1973) built her reputation with photographs of seemingly non-Dutch landscapes. An example of this is her series about 'Dutch mountains': by photographing rolling landscapes from certain perspectives, she creates the impression of real, existing mountains. She generally photographs with a large format camera, in the tradition of the great landscape photographers. In a way, she continues that tradition, but she also puts a surprising, contemporary spin on it, for example with a slightly ironic touch or implicit references to historic landscape painting. Dorothée Meyer studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and later at the School of Fine Art and Design|St.Joost in Breda. Her work for the Image Project appeared in the photography book Een laatste blik (One last look) (2008).