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The Fabulous Photography of Frank van Haalen


Monday, July 6, 2009

thumb_2007-okt-maasvlakte-069-edit-2I love a photographer with a gift for finding beauty in what we may otherwise think has none.  The photographer who can find something soul deep in the face of the homeless man on the corner of the street is the one for me.  That being said, I was nothing less than overjoyed to come across the photography of Frank van Haalen, of Holland and the Netherlands.

This piece is titled “Industrial,” something with which most of us are familiar — the industrial age, the industrial wasteland.  The idea that industry is taking over everything and machines are everywhere.  Here, however, we see it transformed into something surreal and even beautiful.

Of himself, van Haalen says on his blog that he enjoys taking pictures in black and white, and it is not too much to say that he does it very well.  Preferring black and white photography myself, I can safely say that this is something I would happily hang on my wall.  Strange as it may see, it puts me in mind of a nuclear winter scene, and as harrowing as that is to imagine, you can clearly see that it is provocative and poignant in print.

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