why i love Bert Teunissen.

Bert Teunissen is a Dutch photographer born in 1959 in Ruurlo, Gelderland. In 1984 he moved to Amsterdam to work as a photographer’s assistant and to become an independent commercial photographer in 1987. There he worked with all major advertising agencies and magazines for about 10 years and after that he finally started working on personal projects. For the past 16 years he has been working on his ongoing project: Domestic Landscapes. A project about well, domestic landscapes as he captures them around Europe, both Western and Eastern but lately also Japan, focusing on old houses built before electricity was common in order to preserve this disappearing culture.

No doubt Teunissen’s work is special. First of all, his devotion to this one sole project is worth admiring and explains the amazingly beautiful results. Then another major factor that sets his work apart is the use of light. Since no artificial light is used in the photos, they constitute one of the finest examples and even a hymn to the use of natural light sources. The way daylight illuminates the domestic interior and brings out the way it is built, used and decorated is out of this world reminiscent of an old poem and of of an era long lost, especially since post WW2 electric light and modern architecture replaced this magic way of living. A master for creating and recording atmospheres Teunissen brings this back to life and it is only normal that he is being compared to other great Dutch masters such as Vermeer and Pieter de Hoogh.

(All photographs belong to the artist.)

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