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.
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.