Robin de Puy’s thoughts, jotted down in her journal on 4 June, 2015. At that point, she had been in America for four weeks and covered 4,908 kilometers on her Harley-Davidson. Another six weeks and 5,092 kilometers to go. De Puy is a young portrait photographer in great demand. In 2014, she decided to go on a trip as a way of escaping the pressure of public expectations. Her success has a downside: the constant flood of commissions leaves her almost no time for autonomous work and she feared losing her sense of creative freedom. Her American road trip gave her the chance to go back to deciding for herself what to photograph.
“I do not want to go back – no launch parties or openings anymore. Wearing the same pair of jeans every day, feeling the sun on my skin and deciding whether I will stay or go on the day itself. I also love that everything I own here fits into two saddle bags and a backpack.”
Robin de Puy
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.
United Photo Industries (UPI)
United Photo Industries (UPI) is a New York based nonprofit organization that works to promote a wider understanding of, and increased access to, the art of photography.
Since its founding in 2011, UPI has rapidly solidified its position in the public art landscape by continuing to showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe. In its first seven years, UPI has presented the work of more than 2,500 visual artists in gallery exhibitions and public art installations worldwide.
The Ravestijn Gallery
The Ravestijn Gallery was founded in Amsterdam in 2012 by Jasper Bode and Narda Van ‘t Veer with a focus on inquisitive and provocative approaches to contemporary photography.
Bode and Van ‘t Veer respectively bring together several decades of experience curating photography exhibitions and representing a diverse group of photographic talents in the Netherlands and abroad.
The gallery showcases several exhibitions a year aimed at exploring new perspectives for photography in all its forms and showing ambitious international works.
In addition to its exhibition program and participation in international photography fairs, the gallery holds an expansive collection of photography on site and gathers pictures from the twentieth century and other contemporary photographs.
If This is True… 8,000 Miles on a Motorcycle in the USA
Featuring: Robin de Puy
Curated by: Jenny Smets
LocationsView Location Details Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
1 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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