The photographic project “Strain” consists of 5 photographic prints made with an emulsion of elderberry and juniper (jenever).
Strain is a force that pulls or stretches something to an extreme or damaging degree. At the same time it also means “draining or sifting a substance.” “
Strain focuses on the complex relationship between mankind and nature in which both mankind and nature are under pressure.
The images portray the damage caused by a severe storm that befell the Haspengouw landscape. Haspengouw is very dependent on fruit farming and a storm of this scale is disastrous for the farmers who lost an entire harvest and their trees. What we see here is the interaction between man and nature.
The Haspengouw landscape is a functional landscape full of orchards, fields, et cetera. It is nature arranged into plots. It’s as functional as possible. Structured to increase yields. The storm upsets the entire arrangement and changes everything into chaos and turmoil. Severe storms will increase in frequency in the future due to global warming, and the landscape will be under even more pressure.