Everyone has a story. Myself included.
Photography is as much a part of me as a person as it is my profession. In all honesty I think that the creativity of image making has slowly but steadily become interwoven with my life. The work I make is shaped by my experience as an individual and then gets moved by the people I meet. I owe a lot if not everything to that. It's the sole reason my work exists.
There's something magical about meeting people and becoming part of their lives. I've been welcomed into countless homes and have shared many meals, smiles and great conversations. The thing that still awes me is that an eternal lasting connection is made through those moments together. Being able to wield that force through photography is precious.
This mentality is not just instigated by using a camera. It also works it's way into the connection of life. I say that as a proud father. My daughter is the closest thing to my heart in this world. She represents an unwritten story about to unfold and it's inspiring to be part of it. My photography is driven by the will to stand the test of time and carry value in the future. It is about recording history and through that I can only hope my work will act as her time machine to see the story of my life and the people that I have encountered.
A testimonial by Liam Maher.
The work of Amsterdam based photographer Marc Haers includes both documentary and commercial commissions. Whether he is creating global campaigns for international fashion labels or working on personal projects, it is his unwavering effort to fuse the true with the symbolic that distinguishes his stylistic signature.
He works quickly and openly with his subjects in a style that has allowed him to avoid artifice. His ability to normalise the relationship between photographer and model is a remarkable feature of his approach. Regardless of culture or background, his subjects consistently comment on the easy energy of his process. His eye for lighting and composition combined with his ability to capture the fleeting in-between expressions that pass in momentary reverie across the faces he records inform his images with sense of both the iconic and the romantic.
Despite his fluid and fast-paced approach to documentary work, Marc remains a painstaking classicist. He hopes to produce images that are simultaneously truthful and immediate as well as universal and timeless.
Haers' has used his camera to tell the stories of communities from Africa to Haiti. My own collaborations with him include a pending folio being developed together with my wife Jennifer, entitled Menswhere which examines a loosely connected community of alternative tailors from Florence, London, Tokyo, New York, Iceland, Amsterdam and Norway. In each of these as well as in Haers' entirely personal multi-chapter magic realist projects; With One Another and A King and His Boys, he expresses an unrelenting root commitment to uncovering his subjects' blended sense of; Where I Come From, Where I Belong and Where I Hope to Go. This intersection of past, present and future expressed on personal, ancestral, societal, cultural and pop-cultural levels constitutes the prime motive for his various explorations as a photographer, film-maker and artist.
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