“Investigation of Love” explores the photograph as evidence, in particular, whether photographs can function as proof for such an abstract notion as love. The project was inspired by application for a Dutch residence permit. The procedure involved presenting photographs of the couple relationship, their holiday pictures and snippets of daily life, to an anonymous immigration officer for assessment. But whether several pictures of a couple duly justify love? And if not, how many more images would it take to do so? Is it at all possible to depict an emotional bond with photography? What can be a real evidence of love?
In “Investigation of Love” photography is employed as a detective tool. The book is a visual timeline of a relationship in a collection of objects and photographs. Pictures display the places the couple visited together and things they did; objects form a story within the relationship, items they gave each other, purchased, found, or stole together. Although the infatuation with the person is clear, is it enough to prove love?
The collection of 514 personal objects is handled as an evidence and has been photographed in a clean, cataloged environment. It includes a set of dessert forks purchased at the Texel island flea market, postcards, the furniture which the couple bought together, books which they recommended to each other, and even a dog.
“Investigation of Love” is an attempt to encounter love through its evidence: the personal archive, daily objects, documents, and letters.
Investigation of Love book was reviewed by immigration attorney Susanne Mooij. The review was organised by an Expert Photobook Review! Since 2015, St.Petersburg based collective Expert Photobook Review has invited experts from beyond the photography industry to analyse photobooks in a video review format. In preparation for a special live event the collective hosted at the Living Room during Unseen Amsterdam.