• image code: AL018
• part of portrait series Alone
• exposure time 10 seconds
GPS location 52°00’38.0″N 4°42’44.1″E

This portrait was taken during the artist residency in Gouda in the summer of 2016. Many wonderful artists were working inside a historical orphanage, creating a collaborative exhibition. I was invited to work with long exposure photography and I found this wonderful spot within the main hall in which the natural light wanders through the room, reflecting the subtle colours of the stain glass windows. The portraits were eventually combined together in a photo object called Alone, after the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, in which he reflects on his early life as an adopted orphan.

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)

Of a demon in my view—

Extra info

The illustration is printed onto Hahnemühle Natural Line Fine Art Paper based on hemp and using the Epson Sure Color Printing technique.