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The delicate beauty of the moment

“Nothing lasts. Nothing is finished. Nothing is perfect. These three principles define and drive my photography. In Japanese, they 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’.”

Bio:   Sander Martens (1973) is a Dutch freelance photographer specialized in black & white portraits, landscapes, and food. 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.