Sometimes it takes a tittle distance to get a new perspective. When talking about nature, being able to see it form a birds-eye point of view creates a whole new world.
Artist Marie-Claire Greve is a photographer, whose pictures of natural landscapes remind you of abstract watercolour paintings. Intrigued by nature and new ways to present it, she takes on deceiving angles and surprising perspectives to make you really think about what it is that you see. While the colourful prints look like surreal, otherworldly landscapes, her only tools to create these surreal surfaces are a drone and a camera. No retouching, just like nature intended it to look.
About her fascination with nature, Marie-Claire says:
“ When I was a small girl, I enjoyed wandering through the woods near our house. Together with the insects, the birds and the animals, I was happy to live in my own fantasy. In 1989, I got te chance to visit Hugo van Lawick while he was sooting the documentary ‘Cheetah Family’ in the Serengeti in Tanzania. This affirmed my love for being outdoors, surrounded by nature. I instantly fell in love with Africa.
Life went on and I kept nature close to me through my horse and dogs. The camera always had a prominent place in my life, but it wan’t until 2013 that I began to study it more carefully. I needed to learn how to make it work without the automatic program. Soon, I felt confident enough around it and was really enjoying the freedom of capturing my surroundings and the immense silence when I was at work. In 2015 I was invited to exhibit in Blaricum. This exhibition really taught me that I can really create my own narrative through my photographic work and that my wish to address nature could be realised.
I hope I can make people curious about nature through my work. That it entices people to go out and experience the bond we have with nature. This bond really does make you stronger, it challenges you, heals you or might even bring you more inner peace. I choose, very consciously, to capture nature in all its beauty. In a way that will make you want to care for what you see and realise that it’s worthwhile to treat it responsibly. By choosing a surprising perspective I trick people into seeing something new, which, in turn, makes for a bigger experience. Who knows, maybe my pictures can bring the viewer from seeing to truly understanding. When you take your time so much more is possible…”
Come discover Marie-Claire Greve’s photographs Sunday the 11th of February in our beautiful Atelier de Vijzel. The artist wil be present to answer questions and share her story. We hope to see you there! Follow the link to attend the event.
Sunday 11th of February
16.00 – 19.00