Visual investigation of the relationship between humans and their (physical) environment is the main focus of my’s work. Who we are is often determined by our social environment and (family) history. How we build our self-esteem, often determines how we look to the outside world and how we react to the other. For me, I often feel a spectator of a play; looking from the outside in to what happens, how and why the other and I interact like they do. In my work, I’m exploring these relationships, trying to bridge the personal and universal. The way I photograph is purely intuitive; my images present an open and honest reflection of my own inner emotions at a certain time, space and interaction.
This intuitive way of photography also favours a different way of experiencing my work; not as a reflection of a reality but more as an open, artistic interaction between the personal and the universal. Providing an invitation to embark on a journey through your own intricate web of memories, emotions, expectations, fears and desires. All with the intention to ultimately give meaning to your life from your own source; your true self. Therefore I use different cameras, mostly analogue, to capture the different atmospheres of my inner emotions. And giving the images the freedom to act as an overflow from reality to dream.
Hesitation is about that universal feeling in an intimate human relationship of giving yourself emotionally to the other person. This series mirrors my own inner feelings of deep fear when not having the control anymore. With no place to hide and no other way forward than to truly open up to this other person. Showing my bright as well as my dark side, my own good and bad. By doing so putting my trust completely in the other person; the scariest thing I’ve ever done.
Margaret received a BA from the PhotoAcademy in Amsterdam. She also participated the year-long program of LeMasterklass of Klavdij Sluban and Nestan Nijaradze in Paris. In the past years she has exhibited her work in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden, Vancouver, New York, Arles, UK, Lithuania, Japan and in her old hometown of Oldenzaal. Her work has been awarded the Dutch New Talent 2013, the Big Print Photo contest Amsterdam in 2015, Bronze Star Award for fine art book at ND Awards in 2016. In 2018 her series ‘Borders of Nothingness was part of @FOTOFILMIC18 Shortlist show and of Reclaim Photography Festival Wolverhampton UK. In 2016 she has been rewarded with an AIR of the Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania and in 2017 of Shiro Oni Studio in Japan; both for her ongoing project ‘the Art of Empathy’, which book will be released in 2019 in collaboration with Kaunas Gallery. Since 2018 Lansink is member of FemmesPHOTOgraphes Paris. Additionally, she often coaches young photographers in developing their signature and portfolio.