Movement. That is at the heart of Dutch photographer Maarten Vromans' (1975, Rucphen) work and methods.
Whenever Vromans travels from one place to another – be it on foot, by boat or by train – he methodically records the altering terrain that passes him by. This could be the eroded buildings in an anonymous urban setting, but also the untouched landscape of a remote region, or the infinite distance on unspoiled open water.
Vromans likes to move through transition areas: the no-man’s-land between residential, commercial and working environments; between built-up, cultivated and untouched areas. There, in places that apparently no longer belong to anyone, he makes photos that are tranquil, abstract and picturesque, and in which the subject always remains recognisable.
At the start of his career, Vromans’ photos were published in New Dutch Photography Talent (now known as GUP New), an annual publication showcasing the work of one hundred upcoming Dutch photographers. Since then, his work has been featured in both online and print magazines such as Aesthetica, Broad and Creative Boom.
In recent years, Vromans’ work has been shown at fairs and exhibitions in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Budapest and London, among others. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, he compiled his ‘Lucky Shots’ series into his first photo book in 2018.
"Here you have it, a Swiss landscape as you may not have seen it before, seen in images that cannot be repeated, left up to chance, albeit taken with an experienced hand."
Karin Svadlenak on 'No Horizon' | Spectaculum Magazine | Vienna, AT | 2022
"In our rush to get from one place to the other, most people don't pause to notice walls unless they're plastered with adverts or adorned with graffiti. Photographer Maarten Vromans isn't most people, though. [ ... ] Fittingly titled 'Urban Erosion', this series of photographs treats buildings and walls with the same consideration usually reserved for natural features such as cliff faces and coastal areas. Undulating concrete slabs, flaked stucco that reveals brickwork underneath, and curiously dented metal panels are the focus here, and their idiosyncrasies are just as telling more conventional scenic locations."
Dom Carter on 'Urban Erosion' | Creative Boom, Manchester, UK | 2021
"From old to new, to new to old? After a massive reconstruction following World War II, the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, is now known for its clean and modern architecture. But photographer Maarten Vromans believes there’s imperfection in even the most seemingly perfect things, and has taken his camera to the streets of the city to explore its "urban erosion." From slightly dented metal to upheaved pavement, Vromans has shown us that no matter where we live, if we look hard enough, we too can find beauty and art in the hidden corners of our streets."
Neah Gray on 'Urban Erosion' | BuzzFeed, New York, USA | 2018
“Even in the most carefully planned urban space, weather and human intervention inevitably leave their marks on buildings. Maarten Vromans turns these signs of time passing into abstract images that sometimes don’t look like buildings at all, but more like a sheet of crumpled paper, lines painted on canvas, or a close-up of a sculpture.”
Jill Blackmore Evans on 'Urban Erosion' | Format, Toronto, CAN | 2018
Exhibitions | Solo
2021 Urban Erosion | Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
2016 Urban Erosion | The Hague University, The Hague, NL
Selected Exhibitions | Group
2023 To the Sea | Shutter Hub | Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, FR
2022 Contemporary Landscape 2022 | CICA Museum | Gimpo, KR
2022 London Photo Show | Bargehouse Gallery | London, UK
2022 100 Artworks | 20square7 Gallery | Berlin, DE
2021 Publieke Werken | Stichting De Loodsen, Rotterdam, NL
2021 From Town Across Town | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2021 Reading a Landscape | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2020 Urban | PH21 Gallery X Valid World Hall, Barcelona, ES
2020 Find Myself a City | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Beneath the Surface | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2019 Fleeting Essence | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2018 What's Really Happening | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2018 Playing Fields | Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2018 Peripheral Visions | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU
2017 The Shape of Things | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU
2017 Street Photography | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU
2017 Scapes | PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HU
2016 New Dutch Photography Talent | 5and33 Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Selected Online Exhibitions | Group
2023 Yearbook 2023 | Shutter Hub | Nottingham, UK
2022 Favorite Photo of 2021 | Lenscratch | Newport Beach, USA
2021 Onyx III | Envision Arts, Dallas, USA
2021 Minimalism II | Envision Arts, Dallas, USA
2022 Symmetry | The Motif Collective, Florida, USA | Shortlisted
2022 Art Matters 6 | Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne, DE | Honourable mention
2021 Onyx III | Envision Arts, Dallas, USA | Best In Show
2021 Urban Life | Life Framer Awards, London, UK | Editors' Pick
2021 Abstract | Fine Art Photography Awards, London, UK | Nominee
2020 Abstract | Fine Art Photography Awards, London, UK | Nominee
2018 Urban Life | Life Framer Awards, London, UK | Honourable mention
2018 Urban Life | Life Framer Awards, London, UK | Editors' Pick
2023 Cip Festival, Chania, GR | Presented by Blank Wall Gallery
2021 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie
2019 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie
2019 Photo London, London, UK | Presented by Art on a Postcard
2018 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie
2018 KunstRai, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie
2017 PAN Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL | Represented by Zerp Galerie
Publications | Monographs
2021 Urban Transition - Maarten Vromans | The Velvet Cell, Berlin, DE
2018 Lucky Shots - Maarten Vromans | Maarten Vromans, Rotterdam, NL
Publications | Other
2024 Grote Nederlandse Kunstkalender 2024 | Trichis, Rotterdam, NL
2022 100 Artworks | ASBP, Berlin, DE
2021 Publieke Werken Rotterdam | Stichting De Loodsen, Rotterdam, NL
2016 New Dutch Photography Talent | Xpublishers, Amsterdam, NL
Selected Press, Mentions
AD.nl | Aesthetica Magazine | Aint-Bad | Broad Magazine | Buzzfeed | C41 Magazine | Creative Boom | Digifotopro | Format Magazine | Frames | F-Stop Magazine | Iceview Magazine | Life Framer | MAP6 | Noice Magazine | Panaroma.pm | Rental Magazine | Seen Magazine | Spectaculum Magazine | The Pictorial List | Vers Beton | Zaptronic
Ministry of Internal Affairs, The Hague, NL | Private collections, BE, CAN, NL