Chosen Limits




Like many students at art academies, Patrick Sijben (1982, The Netherlands) started experimenting with pinhole cameras made from cans and boxes, filled with light-sensitive black and white paper. Not satisfied with the results and the limitations of this technique, he decided to take the approach several steps further by using regular medium- (and later large-) format cameras loaded with black and white paper instead of film. Motivated and inspired by the possibilities (low cost) and the restrictions (very low sensitivity) of this newly adapted approach, he decided to stick to it. Despite the fact that this approach started as an experiment and that the results can still be somewhat unpredictable, Sijben does not see himself as an experimental photographer, in the sense that his photography exists for the sake of the experiment. Instead, the experiment showed him the possibilities of the medium and forced him to set valuable limitations.