Baukje Venema studied Photographic Design at the School of
the Arts in Utrecht and graduated in 1998. For her, photography has always been
a tool to express herself when words where not sufficiant. A way to grasp
indescribable thoughts, understreams of emotions, or a gut feeling, and
visualize them. Working with analog camera’s, pinhole and nineteenth-century
camera’s, with glassplates or paper negatives, stimulates her to work mindfully
though a process and embrace experiment and failure. A red thread in her work
is time, process and transformation.
Although her work is very conceptual, the analog and
physical way of working insists on her to adjust constantly. Therefore, the
idea is clear, the endresult is not.
The process is part of the concept and the material used is
always based on what the story needs to be told as pure as possible. Sometimes
an image has to be torn into pieces to tell a new story.