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Articles and Essays

Written works published in magazines, journals or in online media.

Highlights:

  • Creator and author of Riding the Dragon online platform since 2017, including essays, reviews and interviews.
  • Contributing writer of GUP Magazine (Guide to Unique Photography) print publication and online platform from 2011-18, including articles, reviews and interviews.
  • Contributing writer of essays and creative texts to various artist’s books, including The Kindness of One by Margaret Lansink & Rene van Hulst and White Rabbit Fever by Maija Tammi
  • Independent contributor to various platforms and publications, including TimeOut Amsterdam, John Adams Institute, TEDxAmsterdam, Contact Sheet.
Article Highlights

I write essays, reviews, and analysis in the fields of arts and particularly photography. Here is a selection of those publications.

Dream-Like

"'Dream-like' has become shorthand to describe a whole slew of artistic output... Yet, for all the work that’s described as 'dream-like,' I’ve had very few dreams that actually looked like those photos."
(GUP Magazine, 2012)
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The Decisive Moment

"Above and beyond his many iconic photographs, [Henri Cartier-Bresson's] use of a simple phrase transcended into holy verse in the context of photography: the decisive moment."
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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No News Is Good News

“Do you want to go to World Press Photo and feel bad about everything?” TheWorld Press Photo exhibit, featuring the greatest hits of misery, is no exception to the rule that no news is good news.
(Riding the Dragon, 2018)
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Horizon Destination

“This wanting, this hole in the soul of our being, is one of the great defining features of the human condition. And images capitalise on it, exacerbate it. They feed us with more desires before we even know we’ve consumed them.”
(GUP Magazine, 2013)
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Come Hither: A Reframed Means of Seduction

“In one sense, it’s business as usual: a man has photographed a young girl provocatively. In another sense, [Playboy] may have come to recognize that, in modern times, perhaps the most desirable woman is one who is in control over her own image.”
(GUP Magazine, 2016)
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Selfie-Obsession

"What I find interesting is all the attention that various organized media are heaping towards selfies, repeating ad nauseam the fact that the Oxford dictionary named ‘selfie’ their word of the year. Who gives a shit?"
(GUP Magazine, 2013)
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Pain Isn’t Pretty

“If you sit with the discomfort long enough, it can transform with effort into something else. For example, ecstasy. For example, liberation. For me, what my body brews when percolating over these particular images long enough is transcendence of self.”
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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Do Drones Dream of Simulated Celebrities?

"Perhaps an integral part of human vision is the power of, and inclination towards, deception."
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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Nothing Is Forever Except Everything

"We are obsessed with all that is fleeting, and our chosen means of showing this appreciation is through capture."
(GUP Magazine, 2017)
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The Desire to Keep

"Which is the greater loss: The loss of the photo I did not take, or the loss of the moment while wishing that I was taking a photo?"
(GUP Magazine, 2012)
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The Overview Effect

"Rather like the fish who doesn’t realise he’s swimming in water, our relationship with our own terrain is easy to not perceive due to its ubiquity."
(GUP Magazine, 2017)
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Pause Transition

"Pre-packaged with the camera’s ability to freeze life mid-sentence is also our implicit allowance to sacrifice the entirety of the experience to its souvenir."
(GUP Magazine, 2012)
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Plot Points: How Reading and Writing Have Ruined Us All

“While it’s relatively straight-forward to identify relevance in a story, expert constellation-formers that we are, here’s the rub: life is chock-full of irrelevance and we all like to play narrator.”
(Versal Blog, 2014)
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Picture or It Didn’t Happen

“As uncountable photos of bikinis and cocktails pass by my social networking streams in summer – trophy heads mounted on the wall celebrating the ‘best party ever’, souvenirs marking the sacrifices made at the altar of YOLO – I can’t help but wonder, is there anybody out there still buying into all this?”
(GUP Magazine, 2015)
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Contributing Writer

Written contributions to art projects and publications.

Analog Journal

Indie zine, 2013 - 2014

Analog was an independently published newspaper format creative journal, for which I wrote the introductory texts and copyedited the artist content.
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White Rabbit Fever

by Maija Tammi (Bromide Books, 2017)

White Rabbit Fever is a book of the eponymous project by Finnish artist-researcher Maija Tammi, for which I contributed creative texts.
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Haute Photographie (2016)

xpublishers, 2016

This is a magazine-style catalogue produced for the Haute Photographie art fair, for which I was co-Managing Editor and a contributing writer.
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The Kindness of One

by Margaret Lansink and Rene van Hulst (Kaunas Photography Gallery, 2019)

The Kindness of One is a book of Lansink's photography and Van Hulst's poetry, for which I wrote the introductory text.
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