Manten|Photography | Artist's Statement

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 allow 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, and how we are developing, building, and sometimes destroying our own future.

Pic Tales

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 and focus on images and impressions that relate to the concept of Wabi Sabi;

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.