Anonymous Contacts

A solo exhibition

Maarten van Schaik

December 16  -  January 25


“I am willfully removing myself from the slipstream of life; I am making myself into a constant witness, someone who lives to see the lives of others, not to be seen myself.” -Hanya Yanagihara

In his new series "Anonymous Contacts", Dutch photographer Maarten van Schaik combines new photographic works together with images from his archives. “Being a photographer for over twenty years I started to question myself about the common ground in my series and projects. I wanted to reinvent myself and ask myself questions about my own work; what am I really looking for in a single image as well as in my photographic work as a whole?” 
Looking through hundreds of contact-sheets and negatives and in the same period shooting vast bodies of new work, it became clear to me that I've always been fascinated by a sense of anonymity and aloneness in my photography. I am moving through the world, hoping for anonymity, hoping I am able to humble myself enough to see and record what the rest of us, preoccupied with our hectic everyday lives won't see. As is the case in almost all of my work, I am not interested in pure registration or a factual approach of the things I am photographing. The objects and subjects which I photograph remain veiled. They are part of a world in which the distinction between dream and reality is not stable; Time has become diffuse.