Hello, my name is Annagreet Hoogeland and I am a Dutch photographer based in Leeuwarden, in the province of Fryslân. I grew up in the North of The Netherlands, in a village largely surrounded by water.
During my study of Photographic Design at the Fotovakschool I discovered the beauty of pinhole photography. Soon I got hooked on this earliest form of photography. I think it’s an exciting way to work. It is a slow process that ensures you to look attentively to the world around you. Playing with time, motion blur and unexpected or unpredictable situations makes taking pictures with a pinhole camera captivating.
In addition to showing images of the vast and overwhelming nature I sometimes portray people in these pictures who tell their story and depict their longing for the sea, far away places, adventure or a loved one. These pictures can have a sense of melancholy. It delivers by all means timeless and tranquil images.
The water (the lakes and the sea) and the vast landscape of the North of The Netherlands is a constant inspiration for me. Also the images from my childhood: holidays on the Island of Vlieland and the Sundays we spent time at the North Sea beaches with the family. These images have a dreaminess and stillness that emerge in my work.
Additionally, poetry has been a fascinating source of inspiration. The series “Eternal longing” concentrates around the work of the famous Dutch poet and writer J. Slauerhoff.
From my ongoing series “In see fan ljocht/A sea of light” twenty photos have been exhibited in Museum Belvédère in Heerenveen-Oranjewoud in 2018.
Almost all titles of my photo work are in the Frisian language, my mother tongue. A language that is only spoken by a mere 400,000 people. It is very dear to me.