Don’t Waste Our Planet

Ernst Spaan
August 27, 2021
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In my series Don’t Waste Our Planet, I focus on the damaging human impact on the natural environment and transformations in lifestyles, human relationships and mental states. I am interested in the layered human psyche and how emotions and perceptions manifest in behaviour and expression. In my photographic imagery, I explore the boundaries between photography, painting and visual art. I work in colour and black and white and like to experiment with intentional camera movement, blurred photography, and collages. My series concerns climate change and the detrimental impact of humans on the natural environment. These photographic collages consist of various layers of photographs that I processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Climate change and the damage humans are doing to nature is a theme that concerns me and triggered me to create these images. The works refer to decay, desolation, drought, industrial pollution, plastic waste and overpopulation.

Ernst Spaan is a Dutch conceptual fine art photographer based in the city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He studied (art) history, cultural anthropology and Photographic Design (Dutch Academy of Image Creation). He recently completed a masterclass Fashionable Portrait and masterclass Studio Photography at Beeldvoorziening Foundation. He received a Portrait Nominee Award (amateur) at the Fine Art Photography Awards of 2020. He lived in several countries and travelled a lot for work and leisure, igniting his interest in other cultures, nature and various lifestyles. He is inspired by people, cities, desolate places, Eastern philosophy, and art movements such as Impressionism, Art Deco, Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism.
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