‘There’s a particular point above ground where you can no longer hear the people down below, and you can’t quite reach the birds above. Complete isolation like that sharpens my senses.’ Photographer Jeroen Hofman always works in a crane about 20 metres up in the air. It allows him to express his fascination with the layers in landscapes. He not only shows the banks of a river, he also illustrates how the entire river bed meanders through the landscape, as he literally rises above what the human eye normally sees. Foreground and background merge in the resulting images, which are like modern dioramas. In recent years Hofman has been to the Frisian Islands several times, putting up his crane in all kinds of weathers. During its ‘Ode to the Landscape’ year, Fotomuseum Den Haag will be the first to show Hofman’s new work featuring this unique part of the Netherlands, in an exhibition entitled Island.

Curves, Ameland, 2018 © Jeroen Hofman, Courtesy Wouter van Leeuwen
WAD, Texel, 2018 © Jeroen Hofman, Courtesy Wouter van Leeuwen
Noise #1, Texel, 2018 © Jeroen Hofman, Courtesy Wouter van Leeuwen
Schiermonnikoog, 2020 © Jeroen Hofman, Courtesy Wouter van Leeuwen
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