Maurice Van Es‘ photographs are beautiful still lifes of the mundane, the ordinary object. In many ways his images remind me of another young photographer, South African Nico Krijno, who is also pre-occupied with the re-examination of everyday objects. Both have a painterly and abstract aesthetic but while Krijno’s images can be seen to be imbued with a magic realism, a sexiness and unrestrained vibrancy Van Es is more concerned with the quality of the object, its physicality, it’s relationship to us and how the photographs holds within it memories of a time past.
Van Es’ photographs look closely at the intimate, the personal, the specific. Many of his pictures focus in on textures and everyday activities and all taken with a wonderful sense of composition, form, colour and perspective. It’s really quite incredible the projects he decides to undertake, they seem so banal yet he engenders them with such love and attention; close up pictures of textures found in old family photo albums, piles of clothing left by his mother, stains found in the family home, details of everything he’s worn over the past three years and so on.
In essence Van Es’ interests lie in the home, in the daily, in the personal. Intensely so. Everything is important, everything is a moment captured. Here’s what he has to say about photography:
What I really like about photography, is the fact that you can take a picture of a moment in time that never comes back.