© Zeeland Jeroen Hofman MAIN
One Silver Lining of Covid is the undiminished call of the artistic spirit. From the start of the lockdown in March, Jeroen Hofman made the most of quieter times to dive into his passion and create incredible, broad coverage photographs of Zeeland, the coastal province of Holland nearest to Luxembourg.
His works are currently on display in Clervaux – cité de l'image, and can be seen until 15 September, 2021.
Annick Meyer, the curator of Clervaux cité de l'Image, is constantly on the lookout for artists to highlight in the ongoing outdoor exhibition. She was particularly drawn to Hofman's work because she wanted to highlight an area near Luxembourg and Zeeland is familiar for many Lëtzebuerger.
Hofman hopes to leave something in the world doing what he loves most and is now in the enviable position to be able to decline work that isn't appealing. Talking with him is deeply inspiring; he confidently encourages people to be unafraid of failure, to practice what they love and to be experimental and try things in many ways until a personal niche is discovered. One might sum up his core beliefs as: practice, make time and never say I can't.
Hofman is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Art, in the Hague, where he studied a diverse group of subjects, including drawing, art history, film and printing techniques. At the beginning of his professional career, Hofman was primarily focused on photographic commission work for advertising and marketing campaigns. Following an internship with a photographer, Hofman began to shift gradually from an equal division of time in editorial work, advertising and personal projects to spending fifty percent or more of his time on his own works.
Hofman evolved his 'photographic voice' while working on a project shooting photos of the Rotterdam Fire and Police Department training efforts. To fully capture the playground used in training, Hofman needed to pull farther away from the action, allowing him to observe the layers and get a more complete sense of the story. Over time, he began to apply this expanded view to landscapes, just for the love of what he was seeing.
Hofman typically works from the top of large cranes (he has also had some experience with helicopters) with far-reaching views of an area. He will begin scouting locations cell phone in hand, preparing the frame set-up, finding an optimal position for the crane, understanding the movement of the sun and the tides. He rents a crane, which becomes his tripod, for about a week and will sit high above the world, contemplating the beauty of what lays at his feet and unwinding in a point of silence, growing calm and rested. He compares it to fishing and points out the parallel of his work with the landscapes of the Dutch masters.
As the days begin to grow longer and hopes of the weather shifting slowly to spring, a trip to the beautiful city of Clervaux is highly recommended. It is amazing to be simultaneously transported to Zeeland and other exotic places (Cairo, the Arctic Ocean, Siberia). If you cannot get to Clervaux, Hofmans' beautiful work is published in his books, Eiland, Playground and Animals or you can visit his website: www.jeroenhofman.com