This is a picture for the cover for my graphic novel MFS / Moisture, Frost and Salt.
It is a story of 3 idealists who are trying to bring more justice
to the world. Their plan has success: poverty and
violence are not pushing people in illegal migrations anymore.
The afternoon in Central Park was filled with the bustle of people in every corner, marking the city’s chaotic atmosphere everywhere. I stopped and waited for a gap where no one would pass by when I accidentally spotted this beautifully patterned wall. Just as I raised my camera to take a picture, a boy holding a popsicle ran up to the wall with his back against it , next to his father, who was holding his cell phone and ready to take a picture of his son. The sunset sun hit the boy’s face impartially, and the boy’s eyes did coincidentally look into my lens. I just pressed the shutter and the boy ran away. The crowded crowd gave me no chance to catch up with the father and the boy. The whole process may not have taken more than five seconds, but the camera recorded the eternity of that certain sunset in Central Park. The bustle of New York during the holiday and the momentary flash of light in the boy’s eyes were fleeting, like the peace in the chaos, or the eternity in the chaos that I once chased.
QUEST by Marco Riha
A modern day heroic epic.
12 paintings, created over the course of the last 27 years are woven together to a timely story with soundtrack.
Title: “This is Not a LOLLIPOP”,
This is one manipulated urban snapshot of the series “Urbanism – ARTificial documentation”.
Urbanism – ARTificial documentation of our industrial urbanity & creative discussion of our modern way of living and environment. Visualizing and questioning the State of our Life & Planet and the need for taking responsibility for small and huge contemporary and environmental issues. The photographs document and give misplaced objects and found objects a new and or additional meaning, questioning our “modern” way of living.
Photo taken on 7th avenue from a hotel at NYC in 2017
(The Way There Looking Like The Way Back)
“Taken from a moving train between Sheffield and Hull, in the context of commuting to work, this picture somehow tells the story of a future of sustainability fleetingly observed from a chugging technology of the past.”
João Paulo Simões
Creating art helps me process uncomfortable feelings. I’ve overcome a dark time in my life after struggling with ptsd after a traumatic birth. My message to others is talk to family friends and those you trust if you are struggling. It does get better.
The inverted water world
The Netherlands can be seen as water country. This often creates visual wonders. In my photo series ‘’ The inverted water world’’ I want to portray the Netherlands through reflections in water. A reality that is a mirror image , where you feel one with the tangible and intangible reality of the environment. The reflections show the streets after a rain shower. In these moments , nature and transparency play a role , and I have tried to capture these moments in mirror images. The reflections feed your creative gaze and perception. This creates new encounters, in which we experience.
The work represents our partial capacity to look inside ourselves and know how to read ourselves. So, like an unfinished sphere, our mind sifts through our soul analyzing attitudes, desires, personal inclinations but, like a fisherman’s net with a hole in it, much of the collection will inevitably be lost. The result is what we see in the picture, our limited self, imperfect but in its own way seductive.