Until 2016, the Bijlmerbajes was a prison in the Amsterdam South-East area (officially called: Penitentiaire Inrichting Over-Amstel). After that, the buildings lost their function and some of it became publicly accessible. This series shows my photographic impressions of two visits, one in 2017 and another in 2019.
This is an ongoing project of photographing a large office building that is being transformed to apartments. It covers everything from the demolition of the interiors to the construction of the new living quarters. I will submit a selection of this series for the final assignment of a photography education.
When two things coincide - I am bearing a camera, plus I encounter a reflective surface - I like to capture myself in that surface. The resulting images are called "mirror selfies". The artistic challenge is always the framing. Composing this series was a lot of fun, as I hope watching it is for you.
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