There is a park near my house, during the evening and night it is completely deserted there. This is a place where I like to walk when I can’t sleep. Deserted streets, dark buildings and the empty playgrounds are sparsely illuminated by streetlights. It attracts me. The place is weird, beautiful but also ugly in a way. I started my project ‘Streets of Insomnia’ there when I was studying photography at AKV St. Joost in Breda.
The special thing about that place is that when I would walk there, everyone sleeps except for me. And then the next morning I had to go through that same park to get to my academy and at that point it started to get light and people would be out walking their dogs. It is such a surreal experience to have to see the exact same place in two whole different ways. The contrast between those experiences is what I find most intriguing.
The photos that you see in the series are not all created during these walks, it’s more a reference to the walks than the actual walks themselves. In that state, I am not really able to photograph fully conscious so I go back to the place and try to find the same feeling. In order to do this I have to shut myself from my surroundings. I do this with music, for example, I listen to Radiohead or Chopin to make sure that I don’t feel my surroundings and really experience this other reality.