Investigation of Love
“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, catalogued 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.
PHOTO IS:RAEL Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography 2019, finalist
PHotoEspaña 2019 Discoveries Award, winner
Dutch Photo Book Prize (Category: Text/Photobook), FotoFestival Naarden, winner
The Best Photography Book of the Year Award, Photo España, shortlist
FOTO WIEN 2019 Photobook Award, winner
Zilveren Camera Storytelling prize 2018 nominee
The 10 Best Dutch photo books 2018 by De Volkskrant
Self Published Books 2018 Award - Encontros da Imagem finalist
Unseen Dummy Award 2017 shortlist
"Investigation of Love" book launch at Foam Editions Gallery, 3rd of May 2018