Edouard Janssens – Windows to the Soul


Wir nehmen viele Dinge als selbstverständlich hin. Die Funktionen unseres Körpers, das Zusammenspiel zwischen Körper und Geist. Die Augen sind der Spiegel der Seele. Man kann darin Erstaunen, Angst, Drohung, Wut, Abneigung, Schmerz, Trauer, Interesse, Freundlichkeit, Zuneigung und Liebe erkennen. Die Iris ist im Kleinen das Abbild unseres Organismus.

Mit seiner Serie “Windows to the Soul” gelingt es dem belgischen Fotografen, Edouard Janssens im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes uns etwas vor Augen zu führen und zwar die Unterschiedlichkeit unserer Augen, unserer Iris.

Unsere Augen sind unsere Fenster zur Seele. Mit seinen High-Definition-Fotos, so Eduard Janssens, enthüllen sie die Schönheit, den Reichtum und die unerhörte Vielfalt unserer Sicht auf eine Welt des unendlichen Facettenreichtums. Dünen, Wüsten, Gletscher, Vulkane, Berge, Strand und Meer, Sterne – wir sehen diese Landschaften wie Wolken am Himmel, jeder empfindet das, was sonst keiner erraten kann.

Elle:
Describe us your creative process, please.

Edouard Janssens:

I had the idea of this artistic first serie when I was retouching a portrait. It was taken with huge pixels and I was editing on a huge screen, this made a huge iris on it and it just popped me in the face. These iris were a world in itself. So I removed everything except iris and had a proof of concept. But between this proof of concept and the final artworks, it took me several weeks of research to find how to photograph an iris in the best way possible. An iris is round and humid so it just reflect everything (eyelashes, nose, the whole room, etc…). After a lot of research, I find my ‘secret sauce’ and can now shoot everybody iris with perfect quality.

After that I decided for the ideal support. For me it was big round Diasec finishing, but some client ask for a square one.



Elle:
What do you believe is the power of photography?

Edouard Janssens:

It’s a medium available to everybody. Today anybody can ‘take a picture’, it just cost nothing. But there is a big difference between ‘taking pictures’ and ‘making pictures’. I try to go from the first one to the second one. Future series will be pictures ‘out of my head’, vision I need to pull out of it.

- It can freeze time. Every picture is around 8 milisecond. And it last forever.
- It can maybe show faster, quicker and easier the mood and feelings of the artist taking the picture VS painting for example.
- It is just ubiquitious. A picture can circle the globe instantly.
- and to resume by the old adage : “A picture, a thousand words”



Elle:
The eyes are the window to the soul – what do you think about Leonardo da Vinci?

Edouard Janssens:

You made me discovered this, his mention to this sentence… :-) Leonardo was one of the last genius who could ‘know’, understand and master, near all knowledge, craft and art of his time.
Today this is no more possible. Too much of all of these out there. I always wonder what it could feel to be in his shoes at his time. It can also be very frustrating, because he saw so much things ahead of his time and was unable to ‘make’ them because of the technology. For me he was pure art genius but also with this “when creativity meets technology” feeling.



Wer in der Nähe von Edouard Janssens wohnt oder sich aufhält, hat die wunderbare Möglichkeit auf ein ganz persönliches Bild! Die Form kann sowohl quadratisch oder auch rund und in der Größe von 50 cm bis 100 cm gewählt werden. Alle Arbeiten sind signiert, nummeriert und haben ein Echtheitszertifikat.

Many thanks to Edouard Janssens!

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