Merijn Koelink | The Hague, The Netherlands

Short bio…

Born 1988 in Boxtel, NL. I study documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. I’m currently in my final year. My work has been included in publications and group exhibitions in the UK and the Netherlands.

You shoot film because…

The ritual when working with film suits my way of working. It allows me to focus more on my concept and what the image should have in the end. This way I can put my precision skills into practice and carefully work on an image. The process empties my mind and slows me down. It’s like meditation for me.

Your photography feels like…

The work mainly focuses on space that we find difficult to relate to. These spaces seem disconnected and uninviting; they lack a sense of humanism and warmth. What we are left with is a space that is empty and timeless. The emptiness becomes a quality of the space itself, emphasized by its specific aesthetics. I try to capture this by visualising this disconnection. What elements provoke these feelings of disconnection? Is it the used materials? Is it the colour use of the space or Is it the shape of the space? These questions I try to research in my work.

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