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phosmag - TOUCH by Peter Dekens -

 

Stijn is a young man of 23 years old. He was born blind and lives in a modest apartment somewhere in the city. This is the only place in the world where he can move so freely. The table, the chairs, the kitchen and the bed aren’t obstacles for him.

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

On the contrary, while being part of his territory, they also guide him through it. He knows this space inside out. It may be small and limited, but Stijn is not. In fact it’s quite the opposite.

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

During the short winter days, there is a slow transition from twilight into total darkness in Stijn’s apartment. The darker it gets, the harder it is for me to find my way around. Stijn has no burden of darkness. He doesn’t need light and because of this, I leave the light for what it is.

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

© Peter Dekens, 170 x 275 mm, 72 pages, concept / photography by Peter Dekens, design by Rob van Hoesel, edition of 500

More info:

– Nominated for Dutch Doc Award 2013 & fotobookfestival kassel 2013 for best book of the year
– Mentioned in best of lists 2012: photo-eye (by Erik Kessels), The Photobook Club, Michael Kominek, British Journal of Photography (by Bruno Ceschel), Bint photoBooks

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Peter Dekens

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