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THE MAP PROJECT

What
This photographic project by Thijs Koelink & Bruno Slagboom is about the passion for contemporary and modern structures. Firstly, MAP stands for Monochrome Architecture Photography. Secondly it literally contains a map of the places where they take their signature images. High contrast, minimalism, black and white, abstraction, monumental and geometrics are important elements.

One of the similarities is the interest in abstract forms and fi gures within architecture. They focus on the geometry instead of the buildings in total. Leaving out all information that can unveil what you are looking at. This estranged feeling is key. Secondly, they both work with analogue cameras. There
cannot be too much grip in the photographs as well.

How
One of the diff erences is the choice for the fi lm-size. Thijs uses a panorama format, so he can capture a very wide surface; this results in an estranged image. Sometimes he even uses the same film twice to enlarge this estranged feeling. Bruno uses a 6×7 cm film, so his images are almost square. He zooms in on the subject in order to abstract this part until it is unrecognizable from what it originally was.

Where
The MAP – project originated at Utrecht. Then Rotterdam and The Hague are other Dutch cities they attended. Thereafter they went to La Defence, Paris. One of the included series is about La Defence, which resulted in an exhibition with light boxes. Recently they went to the train-station at Liege, Belgium, Bruno’s second series contains pictures from this station. Another series was made at the Atomium by Thijs. The search for abstraction within the architectural landscape continues.

Why
Firstly they want to visit places of great structures and create new forms. Simultaneously it is important to exhibit these works so that the world can be the witness of their vision. The exhibitions of the images need to be experimental, besides a classic presentation of photography, they exhibit with light boxes and intend to present in book form, installations and audio-visuals. They want to build with photography and be an inspiration for a futuristic approach towards architecture.

Bruno Slagboom
“In other words, my work arises outside and in front of the subject and not by adjusting the image afterwards behind the computer.”

Thijs Koelink
“You could create a similar eff ect digitally by setting the opacity and overlaying them. But these have been made manually, which makes them more objective and incalculable.”

Visit www.brunoslagboom.com for his portfolio

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