Imaginative Landscapes/Landscapes of the Imagination, is a series of images that shows the ways in which homeowners transform the landscape surrounding their dwellings. “While looking at these front yards and gardens it occurred to me that the fragments I was photographing could be felt and experienced as a modern day Arcadia. The owners themselves undoubtedly derive great pleasure from their creations, but if you put all these pieces of ‘Arcadia’ together in your imagination on a global scale, you encounter an enormously cultivated and surreal landscape.
Excerpt from FOTOFEST2006 press release.
HERMAN van den BOOM Arcadia Redesigned
The landscape changes dramatically, not only through
industrialization, urbanization, globalization, and pollution, but also by "recreational gardeners" who create their own fictional Arcadia. If you put all these pieces of "Arcadia" together in your imagination on a global scale, you encounter an enormously cultivated and surreal landscape, where everthing is out of context.
Herman van den Boom
Excerpt from his essay in the FOTOFEST2006 Catalogue.
Herman van den Boom is an artist/photographer since 1971. He was born out of Dutch-Belgian parents in Belgium, but much later raised in Holland. As soon as possible he started to travel worldwide. Crossing borders is part of his culture and artistic approach. "What is seen as an important issue, fact or believe in one culture is seen as an hostile artifact in another". He is now working and living in both countries "as a foreigner". He has been a guest professor at the Higher Institute of the Arts, Antwerp Belgium and at the Academy of Fine Arts, Maastricht Holland. His work was exhibited at the Photography Biennale of Moscow, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium, LaForetMuseum Tokyo, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Holland. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Photography Antwerp and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.