Extra-Ordinary

PrizeHonorable Mention in Photography
ArtistMarc Olthoff
CategoryStudent

In general I try to create tantalising images that capture the viewer’s attention for much more than a quick glance through an incomplete story or an unexpected twist. “Extra-Ordinary” is a series in which common objects are put together in a creative way. My entry here is a selection from the series in which flowers or fruit come alive; become characters playing a role in the story. For the creation of these images some technical hurdles needed to be taken. For example for the image Spotlight the two main challenges were to shape the flower in a curve as if it were a lamp-post (this is not photo-shopped, but an actual bent flower) and to mount a small light bulb in the head of the tulip to actually make it shine.

Bio
In 2012, I quit as director at Unilever, to focus on my passion: photography. I realised that although I made pictures since my early youth I lacked some of the skills required to create the fine-art images I envisioned. So I went ‘back to school’ and graduated top of my class from the Fotovakschool, Rotterdam in 2015. I try to create tantalising images that capture the viewer’s attention for more than a quick glance. My images mostly show an incomplete story or an unexpected twist that invites the viewer to think and wonder about what she/he is actually seeing and what it means.