Take a look at Marcel’s work.
Upon first glance, his prints resemble abstract paintings. Look a bit longer though, and you’ll realise that his organically detailed images are actually photographs of buildings seamlessly reflected into backdrops of weathered walls. Singly captured with just a camera and an untreated clear glass panel, each print features no double exposures or digital trickery, just pure photography.
Residue is a photography series Dutch artist Marcel Heijnen has been working on and exhibiting for the past 4 years. All photographed in Asia’s rising urbandoms: namely, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia, where skyscrapers, container ports, new condominiums and shopping malls merge with surfaces marked by nature, time and even graffiti.
Heijnen’s Singapore collection captures Housing Development Board (HDB) blocks in various estates, juxtaposing them against earthy canal walls and rusty patina backdrops. Recently he started applying the method to himself as well giving the Residue series a new, personal dimension. The images are at once intriguing and indefinable, and you feel like you are gaining an insight into his view of modern city life; Lift the veil on these urbandoms and discover a perpetual dance of degeneration and renewal.
Based in Asia for over 22 years and a follower of Buddhist principles, he is driven by a general curiosity about life and its meaning. Heijnen also draws inspiration from wabi-sabi, the Zen philosophy based on three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. He explains, My Residue work captures change – using still images – to show that everything is a process, everything is in continuous flux.
Marcel Heijnen has published a book featuring his images under the same name.