Sander Meisner is a self-taught photographer living and working in Amsterdam. While he searches for beauty in the melancholy and desolation of overpasses, construction and industrial areas he creates a certain tension by photographing these places from an unexpected angle, venturing out into the city and discovering colourful beauty in the desolate corners of the grey man-made structures.
To truly get to the value of photography, Sander tries to do more than just capture reality, he tries to alter it, transform it. He tries to control the frame in such a way it generates an angle that enables him to construct new mindsets, new insights and identities. Sander exposes the sleeping infrastructure of the urban environment and turns these usually overlooked corners into objects of desire. The lack of light and extremely long exposure of the photographic film add a secondary effect; any interaction of human movement becomes totally invisible. His pictures have an almost soothing sense of solitude.
I love that there are photographers still out there using film and Sander’s work is an example of the beauty of using the medium. The square format also provides for a picturesque view of the subject matter, presenting what would normally be uninteresting in the real world in a whole new context.
More of Sander’s work can be found here.