For several years, I’ve lived in Wormer, a small village surrounded by water just to the north of Amsterdam. I am fascinated by the American countryside, and during the recent lockdown, I discovered that this environment proves to be very universal — with the same sort of local small-town icons that I had often encountered during my travels through the rural landscapes of America.
The longer I do not travel, the more I turn to this place where I live. I see how my new environment takes care of me — how the baker and the greengrocer bring groceries to my doorstep every Saturday morning — how all kinds of people call this their town, their neighborhood, their home. I see families who have lived here for generations; I see refugees, outcasts, and graduates; I see urban diversity mixed with a small-town state of mind.
During this project, I’ve met an 11-year-old barefoot shaman who brings me through forbidden territory. I’ve driven around with four giggling brothers in the back seat; and I’ve met a palm reader who immediately gave me the keys to his house. Dozens of encounters followed and, slowly, not only a photo book was created, but a world in which I started to feel at home.
Robin de Puy’s (b. 1986) photographs start with a desire to tell her own story through the faces of others. Whether it’s the freckled adolescent she noticed while refueling in Wyoming, or the boy Randy she met in Nevada while on her American road trip, de Puy sees the camera as an aid to understand the deeply personal traits and histories of each person — and how they also reveal something about herself. Many of her encounters are fleeting, a heartfelt glance into the life of someone else before time resumes its frantic pace. In others, as with Randy, those same transient experiences blossom into profound and enduring relationships. Regardless of which ending they have, de Puy’s photographs are always imbued with a sensitivity and timelessness which encourage a slow gaze on the human condition.
Born in the Netherlands, de Puy studied at the Fotoacademie Rotterdam and has been exhibited internationally at institutions and galleries. Her work is held in major public and private collections.
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Down By The Water
Featuring: Robin de Puy
Curated by: Robin de Puy
Old Fulton Street and Prospect Street
DUMBO, Brooklyn 11201
This location is part of Brooklyn Bridge Park
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