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Henk Van Rensbergen - The Silence of the Past

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The urban exploration, fittingly represented by Photographer Henk van Rensbergen, is a phenomenon that has existed for years. Well-informed lovers, enthusiasts or professionals, you will be the judges. We already have our own opinion.

At the age of 10, Photographer Henk van Rensbergen started his initiatory journey into these atypical places. He was young and at that time, craving for experience was part of the knowledge. 30 years later, he keeps on strolling about these spots that are often synonymous with strangeness and fear.

© Henk Van RensbergenEquipped with his camera that has a self-timer at its disposal to have a better shot, he covers deserted buildings, houses, theatres, plants and closed down hospitals. Photographer Henk van Rensbergen captures the vestiges from the past as if he wanted to bring them to life, to remind us what we've all come through.

He's a melancholy man and wants to convey many messages. In our industrialized countries where all these buildings are neglected, Henk van Rensbergen wants to draw our attention to the political and economical role of these rusting edifices of a bygone era.

© Henk Van RensbergenHenk van Rensbergen also questions us on these places where the suffering has become embedded in the walls, hospitals and illness, the industrial plants with the harsh working conditions. Everything testifies to the past. We can't stay insensitive in front of his vision of things. The respect he shows to the places he visits is essential in his work. He is often moved by the vandals who violate them by stealing little by little by stealing the buildings materials.

Henk van Rensbergen has a sense of detail, which is really important for him. He "freezes" the DNA of the building with his camera :buttons, handles, lighting, garments, papers...

Take some time to listen to the silence like Henk van Rensbergen does. Then, you will be in a position to understand the lament of these neglected buildings.

Henks is a big-hearted professional!

Portfolio by Henk Van Rensbergen

Comments  

 
0 # ClaireBow 2010-11-05 17:51
His work is pure genius.
Who wrote this article?
 
 
0 # Fantastic work!
Neil Lewis 2011-08-12 16:55
I have been following Henk's work online and in book form for a few years now, and as an avid urban explorer in the UK, I can relate to everything he says in this video. These places demand respect, not only as many of them are historically important, but they are in such a state of neglect, they are very dangerous. I have had a few close calls to death in some derelict places in the pursuit of that next "Great" photo.
Very good article, well put across by Henk.
 
 
0 # RE: Henk Van Rensbergen - The Silence of the Past
Karin Heystraeten 2013-01-23 11:53
Specializing in urban archeology I am fascinated by the work of Van Rensbergen
 
 
0 # RE: Henk Van Rensbergen - The Silence of the Past
Peter Sorokin 2014-10-16 12:48
The blocks of photos in conjunction with a story by the author produce great impression, the works by Van Rensbergen are very inspiring indeed. I have ran into the website some years ago and I am still coming back to check for the new places.
 
 

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