Edwin started with photography as a digital sketching tool to study composition, lighting and colours. The technique was supporting his painting process. Now, this technique has taken a place in his multidisciplinary approach to support his mission. By photography he has an additional and complementary tool to share his mission in a faster way than the more time consuming painting process. All photographs are available as unique artworks or in very limited editions of maximum 3 pieces in case the artworks have undergone a manual treatment.
MIXED MEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY
In this technique, Edwin uses the photo as a basis to paint on. He uses artist's quality waterpaint from Old Holland and the finest gouache from Smincke's Horadam quality. He succesfully applied this technique in his Sensual in the City Maastricht collection, where he sold many artworks.
This is a photographic technique invented in 1842. Edwin loves to use this technique for several reasons.
Edwin tells about his dream the following: "Is there a world where everyone may observe instead of judging others? A world where everybody can be natural, pure and just human? Would you like to join me in my world? Let’s enter, just to have a glimpse of my dream. In my world the differences between people are just like a palette full of interesting nuances of bright and vibrant colours. Because the black, white, brown, yellow and red skin colour of my muses change in my collection of blueprints into many shades of blue. If I tell you that my muses have different skin colours, would you believe me? Therefore, in this Blueprint World, discrimination cannot exist and a world of equivalence has born. This is my dream, which becomes true now.
Next to this reason, there is another nice reason why Edwin loves this technique. Edwin's chemical background plays an important role in this. To make the paper photo-active, there need to be mixed two chemicals and this mixture needs to be applied on the paper. By this handwork, each photo-active paper sheet is different and therefore creates different results. Moreover, when lighting the photo-active paper with thereon the negative in the sunlight, the results are always different. Together, each artwork becomes a unique piece of art.