In a very short space of time, Geert Broertjes lost the most important women in his life. His aunt, grandmother and mother passed away. He shared his grief with his girlfriend, who became a recurring theme in this series. But even this relationship ended, a couple of months after his mother passed away. Broertjes photographed the process instinctively. It was only afterwards that he noticed the coherence of his work. It became a poetic story about love, loss and grief. The beautiful photographs, all shot in analogue in raw black and white, reveal the dark feelings he experienced during this intense period in his life.
Geert Broertjes is a Dutch photographer who is fascinated by what motivates people, the choices they make in life, and why. Geert graduated from the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. Since then his work evolved into a poetic, melancholic and romantic version of reality. His work was exhibited at the Triennale der Photographie, Unseen, Rencontres d’Arles. Broertjes works with analogue cameras and makes both high-end digital prints and superb silver gelatins. He currently lives and works in Amsterdam.
The book One Year, was published by Schilt Publishing in August 2019.
Geert Broertjes – One Year
7 September – 1 December, 2019
Schilt Publishing & Gallery
Peter Martensstraat 121
1087 NA Amsterdam