Harvesting Star Light
Rens Horn shows with his photographs intriguing, poetic and intimate images. He collects the images during his many travels abroad and road trips with his motorcycle. Some prints are frayed; sometimes parts of the image are not developed. Those qualities draw attention to the process of making them.
Rens Horn stands out with the imaginative language that he develops with his work. He prefers to work in the dark room in his studio with analogue techniques. That is what creates more depth according to him. To him the analogue technique is magical. By manipulating the negatives and chemical processes, he experiments with the limits of the analogue technology. He works with various kinds of photographic paper, very rare paper sometimes, and edits the photos in the dark room to achieve remarkable results. Every photo is a work on its own. This making process also shows in the frames that he often makes with found wood. After developing the photograph, he adds texts, newspaper clippings or stamps. These texts are by well-known writers and scholars and emphasize the poetry of the image; they create a space to think and add a variety of meanings to the image. But, he emphasizes, in the end “looking yourself is the most important thing.”