18.06.2024  •  Art NEWS

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‘Light of Day’, photographed in Los Angeles by Jaap VLIEGENTHART c/o SEVERIN WENDELER

City streets bustling with light. A glamorous stranger passing by, a boy cycling by in a daydream, an early morning brightened by the light of a surreal night. In ‘Light of Day’, it’s impossible to determine what hour of day you’re living in. Trees catching delicate moonlight, while simultaneously, a midday sun draws harsh shadows over blind walls. Initially, you experience the stillness of a lazy summer evening; a second later you are transported into a bright new day. And in the blink of an eye, everything changes again.

Photographer Jaap VLIEGENTHART c/o SEVERIN WENDELER experiments, as he often does in his work, with the visual frameworks of the mind : “Most of the time, a photo attempts to capture a moment in time, and I’m always looking for a story or a particular idea. For a photographer, everything feels staged, even when you are shooting real life. You’re searching for those angles that reveal more than what initially meets the eye. I wanted to capture more coincidences and challenge preconceived trains of thought. I have, therefore, chosen to photograph the same exact place for 24 hours and see how the perspective can be shifted by means of only natural light. It became a study of light without ever giving up its true secret.”

Light of Day’ is an ongoing project of Jaap Vliegenhart. While shooting in his hometown of Amsterdam, he decided to take the project across the pond to use the legendary light of Los Angeles. The city has been a huge source of inspiration since the very beginning of his career. 

Los Angeles is seductive, alluring, glamorous and mischievous. It is a city without a center, a city with a rich and illustrious past that is imprinted in our collective memory. One’s perspective of the city is often filled with nostalgia, stemming from the exaggerated images depicted in Hollywood films, not only for the world – but also its own citizens. This elusive side of the city lends itself to this specific project particularly well, as well as to the documentation of this concrete jungle.

By capturing these short moments over the course of a single day, a magical realism is revealed. Cumulative moments brought to life with the infamous Los Angeles light, enabling new layers to be discovered again and again.

Just like a chameleon, Jaap Vliegenthart has both his eyes looking in different directions. This gives him a unique perspective of the world. He is known for his riveting, brain-teasing photographs and has been rewarded with national and international awards of all kinds – both for his commercial and personal work. Jaap has been working the area of advertising photography for more than 25 years. And throughout the years, he has continuously strived to improve the concept.
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SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

SEVERIN WENDELER: Light Of Day / Los Angeles - Photography by Jaap Vliegenthart c/o Severin Wendeler

 
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