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The delicate beauty of the moment

Photography is not just about zooming in or out to get the perfect picture. I feel it requires both the photographer and the viewer to look beyond the surface details in order to discover how those details may represent something larger. And even when a picture is worthy enough to be called a photograph, nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. In Japanese, these principles are concisely captured by a single concept: ‘Wabi-sabi’. It refers to the raw beauty of the mundane, the patina of time, and the power of ‘less is more’. It’s what drives and defines my photography.

Bio:   Sander Martens (1973) is a Dutch freelance photographer specialized in black & white fine art photography. After many years of attending both photography and graphic art workshops, he became a professional photographer in 2014. According to New Dutch Photo Talent/GUP magazine, he belonged to the best 100 Dutch photography talents of 2017. 

Having studied Psychology and Artificial Intelligence in Tilburg, Nijmegen, and Cambridge (UK), he obtained his PhD degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Leiden in 2001. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, investigating individual differences in the temporal dynamics of attention within and between different sensory modalities. In both his photography and scientific research he strives to go beyond the visible.