School IV, Belgium

2016-2017

School III, Poland

2013-2015

Ext.-Int.

In the period from 2008 to 2013 I visited various productions of Dutch spoken films in the Netherlands and Belgium. I photographed the film sets perched as fictional islands in the actual landscape with an large format camera. The Dutch film industry occupies a small place in the major international film world . Yet with limited resources they are able to realize an international professional product.
My project explores the effect of imagination through the medium of film and how it comes about. As a viewer you are able to step outside the boundaries of the film and its created reality as I present the film set and the surrounding landscape as a whole. This works sobering, because the set is so little enchanting and small, but when you think of the professional outcome of the Dutch film the images also create surprise and amazement.

In the Neighbourhood

1998-ongoing
Tuindorp Oostzaan is a small neighbourhood in the north of Amsterdam. It was built in the twenties of the previous century as a workmen’s settlement and kept it’s identity until recent times. Both my grandmother and my mother grew up in Tuindorp Oostzaan. They lived in a small working class house with both a front and backgarden. I spent the first three years of my life in this elderly house with my mother, father, my grandmother and two sisters of my grandmother. We moved when my parents got a new house in another area of the city.
In my childhood Tuindorp played an important part of my life spending weekends and holidays at my grandmothers. As I grew older my relationship with Tuindorp got more complex and ambivalent. It was a place which was both strange and familiar to me. As a reaction to understand what it meant, I decided to photograph it. As the complexity of the neigbourhoud seems to be part of the historical friction of the unruly relationship between manufacturability and real life I started to incorporate both photographic and textual archives. Tuindorp has become my most personal work.

School II, Italy

2010-2012, 2016
After finishing my series School I felt the urge to photograph the secondary School as a phenomena in other European countries as well.

Audience

2009-2010
Audience is seen as a social community. Although an audience is composed of a wide range of persons, the viewer has the tendency to experience them as a coherent group instead as a collection of individuals.

Squares

2002-2010

Drawing a Skyline

2010
In january 2010 the city of Utrecht declared that the construction of the “Belle van Zuylen”, a prestigious skyscraper by architect Pi de Bruijn, which would reach 262 meters to the sky, was cancelled due to the worldwide economic crises. This skyscraper would mean the end of the historical domination of the Cathedral Tower. This domination had always been protected by the City of Utrecht and it’s high-rise vision of the town. This vision proclaimed the height of the cathedral as the standard for the city and should protect the domination of the Cathedral in the skyline of Utrecht.

School

2002-2007
I photographed in numerous secondary schools in the Netherlands, both in the provinces and the Randstad conurbation for my series School. I consciously avoided photographing in classes and focused instead on places in which pupils relax between lessons and are able to be themselves. During breaks these areas rapidly fill up with dozens of pupils. I depicted these clusters of young people from high vantage points: I placed a camera on a tripod high on a ladder and remained on the ground where I took pictures by remote control at specific moments. These pictures show groups of pupils huddled together and throw contemporary Dutch youth in a completely new light. Interaction between individuals, formation of groups, clothing and hairstyles: everything is captured in a single picture. Apart from providing a unique snapshot of a particular period, the series offers a sociological survey of young Holland in a modern variation on the traditional Dutch militia corps portrait.

The book “School” is published by Nazraeli Press in march 2009

A review by Jeffrey Ladd can be read here:
http://5b4.blogspot.com/2009/06/school-by-raimond-wouda.html

On Scale

1995-2012
Photography offers us an interesting tool to observe our behaviour in the world we live in and give meaning to it. Although explanations most of the times can not be verified there is a deep urgent need to do so. The series “ On Scale “ was made during travels throughout Europe and shows landscapes, mostly from an observing high point of view, in which I was researching the complexity of social and cultural meanings represented in the scenery and it’s context. Normally my work has been outlined by the subject, which is in most case a human micro-cosmos but for this series I just took the car and drove until I found a scenery which fascinated me because of it’s mysterious and staged character. The formal aspects of the image are referring to the well-known formal aspects of the postcard but its content doesn’t seem to fit with the expectations from the viewer.

Adam Doc’k

2001-2006
A’DAM DOC’k’ is a series made by Raimond Wouda and Henk Wildschut and gives both a distant and intimate view on the port of Amsterdam. Wildschut has taken intimate portraits of the workers during their moments of rest or while they were in the lockerrooms. Wouda photographed three prominent companies seated in the harbour and shows through a topographical view how he reached the harbour through the Northsea-Canal from the sea to the centre of Amsterdam.

Cry

2003-2007