Come Home (2019-2021) is a visual study of the masculine lovescape.
intimate portraits, sun-drenched stills, photos of flowers, and
sultry details I explore the way young men experience intimacy and express
love. As a means of achieving self-acceptance and coming to terms with my own
emotions, I followed a group of twenty-something year old men over the course of
2020 to try and discover how growing up, dealing with past experiences,
and expected stereotypical masculine behavior affect the expression of oneself.
Packed with symbols of my youth in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen (a popular holiday
destination in the south of The Netherlands), the images radiate a certain
nostalgic aura that makes them seem like a distant but collective
memory I share with the people
I interviewed. A big part of this project is the sea, that runs through
it like a thread. Symbolized in literature and films as both
masculine and feminine, the sea represents the duality that these men experience.