‘Death is Not Here’ is a personal time capsule for a particularly significant period in Wouter van de Voorde’s life.
Coinciding with the Covid-19 lockdown, the photographer was also about to become a father for the second time. He reflects on the convergence of life and death. Exploring and photographing the areas surrounding his adoptive homeland give him a sense of belonging.
Having studied painting before, Van de Voorde approaches lighting and photography with a painter’s eye. The monochrome images in this book were created on the lands of the Indigenous Ngunnawal people, the First Nation and Traditional Custodians of the Canberra, Australia, region.
Ultimately, the conceptual and visual interpretations combine extremely well. For example, there is a stunning page turner from an image of a constructed tower of fossils on one page to a flock of adult ravens on the following page. The ravens are teaching a young raven a vital lesson of raven life – its place in the pecking order. The complexity of conceptual and visual imagery comes together in a most satisfying way.(HELEN MUSA)