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.
Equipped 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 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!