Vandecamp & Heesterbeek

Vandecamp & Heesterbeek

Five years ago Patricia van de Camp and Marc Heesterbeek started their Art journey with the search for the borders of portrait photography. They started approaching portraits in a conceptual manner. Playing with the universal rules of esthetics that have always been dominant in portrait art, they stretched the meaning of identity and self. In these experi­ment beauty was always the leading factor.

By moving from surreal to more abstract the focus shifted to finding balanced compositions using the portrait as rough material. Identity made a place for existence. After deconstructing the photographs the identity of the person portrayed is no longer relevant, there is only the image; the composition of light and dark grays. The originally portrayed persons are still recognizable but are now part of a larger whole; albeit stripped to the existential minimum in a balanced composition. The balanced composition brings a silence which according to vandeCamp & Heesterbeek is much needed in a world where everything has become fluid and war and chaos have be­come the everyday reality. This silence, brittle as it may be, is all we have.

Patricia van de Camp (1969) studied graphic Art and photography at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and the Design School SDU Kolding in Denmark.

Marc Heesterbeek (1965) studied architecture and urban planning at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven and space architecture at the SICSA in Houston.

In 2018 they decided to publish their work as an Art duo and combine their skills to make unique photographic works.