Art series It's All About Diamonds
Commissioned by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre
The motivation with this series was to express the full life cycle of a diamond – from its origin to its ‘possession’, or if you will, acquisition: each image reflecting something which is not immediately recognisable by the viewer. Each image is an artistic impression of the different facets of diamonds – their history, process or final form. They are intended to entice the audience, the viewer, to understand them, to discover their essence.
Within this concept it was essential that the location was pure, raw. I began thinking about the ‘birth of a diamond’, a process in which man has no role. Mother earth is the source. My conclusion: the best place to shoot this was deep inside the earth – a cave or a mine – in the Netherlands or Belgium.