Ronin (1978, The Netherlands) is inspired by both the every day and the ephemeral. The ability to see in shades of grey allows him to focus on light and shadow, textures, shapes and expressions, bringing his studies in graphic design, fine art and painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the Hague into play. His camera of choice is an analogue black Leica MP loaded with Kodak 400 Tri-X, which he received in exchange for a collection of war memorabilia he and some friends had scavenged from the ruins of the Atlantic wall, the coastal fortifications built by Germany between 1942 and 1944 along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia. Eschewing digital photography and printing, he makes his own distinctive hand-made silver gelatine prints in a darkroom nestled in woodlands close to the Hague. Whether beneath this leafy shade or among the shadows crisscrossing the sunstroked streets of Asakusa, ronin slips with ease from clogs to kimono, and can sometimes be spotted wearing both.
Ronin de GOEDE