I do not intend to document or research the places that I visit. Photographing landscapes is mostly an attempt to establish a personal connection with a place that I’m new to, that I don’t belong to, and that I will never be part of. I’m only passing by on a given moment in time, unable to read the landscape, unable to relate it to itself. I can only relate it to me.
The series was triggered by a quote from Mike Davis’ book Dead Cities: “the deepest structure of urban fear is [..] detachment and distance from the natural landscape”. It’s fairly easy to ridicule tourism, people crowding together at look outs for a kodak moment. But having lived in cities all my life, I believe in a genuine need to (re)establish a relationship with nature, as shallow, momentary and inadequate as it is.