Jeroen van Rooijen
My name is Jeroen van Rooijen and I am a Dutch landscape photographer. I recently graduated my study ‘Applied Photography and Visual Communication’ at the Fotovakschool located at Apeldoorn.
I get a lot of inspiration from nature, here I feel free and happier than ever. Everyday reality, on the other hand, is much harsher. Today, the human stamp on nature is strongly present, including in the form of climate change. As a photographer, I want to convey the world as it is constructed and the way we interact with it as a society in stories that evoke emotion. The landscape is naturally beautiful, but we affect it. I want to visualize this interaction.
I got serious about photography at the age of 15. That was the moment I really started to appreciate the diverse landscapes my parents had always taken me to since I was very young. I bought my own camera and started experimenting a lot by photographing cities, nature and aviation. Once I started to travel on my own, photography became an important aspect of the trip: photographing the location at the most beautiful moment. At the same time, I was following work of other photographers that inspired me. At that time, I had to choose what I wanted to study for my bachelors and so I choose photography.
From 2017 untill 2021 I studied ‘Applied Photography and Visual Communication’ at the Fotovakschool. In those years I developed my own style and voice as a photographer. The most important thing I learned is how to use photography to tell stories. Rather then thinking in a single image, I like to create a serie of images which evoke strong emotions to the viewer. Besides my never ending interest in photographing landscapes, the education thought me to think bigger. The knowledge in different disciplines such as architecture, documentary, portrait and advertising make me an alround photographer.
As a photographer I am drawn to create in an aesthetic way. Through this approach I like to build a deeper connection between the viewer and the subject. Lately I'm pointing my interest in environmental issues. In my opinion the role of art is crucial when bringing attention to a heavy topic such as climate change.
2017-21 / ‘Applied Photography and Visual Communication’ / Fotovakschool, Apeldoorn
2020-21 / Internship Nature Talks
2022 / GUP New talent 2022
2021 / 'AREA2021' Graduation Catalogue
2021 / Avondfotografie Interview Climate Conflict
2019 / Nomadict Interview
2021 / 'AREA2021' Graduation / Loods 6, Amsterdam