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The delicate beauty of the moment

“In everyday life, the focus of our attention is strongly determined by colour. The absence of colour in most of Martens' photography causes form and texture to become more prominent while time and space start to blur. Lifted into the photographer's world, the viewer is challenged to create his/her own narrative, complicit to the act of creating depth and perspective within each frame. In search of fleeting moments, hidden places, or raw beauty that would otherwise just fade away, the mundane often turns out to be a piece of art.”

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.