LUC  TEN  KLOOSTER

 VISUAL   ART

PHOTOGRAPHY

Luc ten Klooster (1953,  The Netherlands) is descended from a family of artists. His grandfather was a painter and graphic artist, his father a sculptor. He developed his interest in photography at a very young age when he received his first camera, an Agfa-Clack. Thirty years later, a few of his first pictures are included in the series “Memories’’. Originally he opted for a career as a pianist. Around 2000 he felt the need more and more to express himself through visual art and photography came into the picture. Luc ten Klooster does not wish to bind himself to one specialisation or style, preferring rather to approach a range of different subjects. He sees himself more as a graphical artist than as a photographer and experiments with different techniques. From the photo series “Chained”, nudes begin to constitute an important part of his work, but perhaps in reality it is the essence of human being that fascinates him. Not so much in the journalistic sense, but more from an artistic (studio) portrait viewpoint, sometimes his work is very serious, sometimes it is with a nod and a wink. In his work, both in the choice of subject and technique employed, history often plays a significant part; some photographs seem to have originated from days long gone. The techniques he uses are far from antiquated, however. In the transition between analogue and digital photography, Luc ten Klooster chooses to go his own way in his passion for experimentation. While most photographers digitalize their analogue work, he at times transforms his digital manipulated images back into the old fashioned dark room baryta print, a baryta print which through transformation acquires a unique character (a.o. see parts of the series “Chained”).   In 2007 he published his book "SHE, a photo essay" (ISBN  9789081200110).  Hard cover, full colour , 25x30 cm, 96 pages offset, 86 photo's. This book can be ordered by sending a message. € 15 + shipping costs. Prints are for sale also at www.saatchiart.com/luctenklooster