Mischa Keijser Dutch, b. 1974

Seascape series

The sea, as a topic, is an oft-beaten track. But the first-ever challenge that Mischa Keijser took up was to explore new ways of capturing it while avoiding worn out clichés. His first step was to focus on the specific characteristics of photography: freezing movement, stopping time, and thereby capturing the elements, which would otherwise remain invisible to the human eye.

This posed a number of challenges both physically and technically. Keijser wanted to set his camera close to the water, with light spots carried into the sea by assistants.

Playfully, he discovered that it was precisely the 'imperfect' image that provides access to the secret poetry of the sea. The blurriness of movement and water turned out to work perfectly in harmony to a point that flirts with abstraction.