Manten|Photography | About

Artist's Biography

Eric Manten is a self-thought photographer, born and raised in the south-east of the Netherlands.

Photography has been his passion for over 40 years. Starting with a film point and shoot, and later SLRs and DSLRs, his main tool currently is a mirrorless digital camera. Medium format and 35mm film photography, however, continue to be part of his creative toolbox.

Eric sees photography as a journey, with curiosity as a roadmap for exploring the world around him. His objective always has been to preserve a single moment in time, transforming the reality as it presents itself to him into a lasting impression of that reality.

Eric's job provided him the opportunity to live and travel in Spain, Australia, and South Africa. During that time his main focus was on landscape and wildlife photography. While landscapes, urban views, and human interactions continue to be an important part of his portfolio, a shift towards photo essays and storytelling is emerging.

Eric's work has been displayed in several shows.

Eric currently lives with his wife, two daughters, and three dogs in the upstate area of South Carolina, USA.

Artist's Statement

Photography for me is a journey, with curiosity as my roadmap. The images I create help me to understand and appreciate the world as it presents itself to me.

Inspired by a quote from Anais Nin, I want to share not the obvious but what we usually are unable to see. The best way for me to achieve this, and to communicate my thoughts and feelings about my images, is through stories: Pic Tales, Haiku, and Photo Essays / Editorials.

Although different in nature, each of these formats allows me to express my observations about the natural and built environments, and the importance and impact of human interaction with their environments and with each other; helping me to understand why we are as we are.


are stories and poems that guide the viewer towards my perception of the reality I observed;


Haiku are similar to Pic Tales in the way they guide the viewer towards a specific vision. My intent here, however, is to use the ancient Japanese Haiku format.

Photo Essays

having no or only limited textual guidance, leave the viewer to create their own narratives and conclusions whereas for


the main focus is on the text, supported by selected images.