Paul Rondags lives and works in Maasticht, the Netherlands. He was born in Maastricht in 1960. After high school he studied at the "Fotovakschool" in Apeldoorn and finished his degree in 1982. In 1988 he finished the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht. From 2012 -2013 he was a photography teacher at the Pentagoon Academy in Tongeren, Belgium. Since 2014 Paul has a job, as an evening concierge and portrait/performances photographer at the Academy of Dramatic and performative Arts in Maastricht.Instagram profile: paulrondags
He has had exhibitions in Maastricht, in Amsterdam and in Aachen, Germany.
What I like about photography is its simpleness and directness. The result, a photo, is just a click away. The 3D boxed in a 2D image. Reality framed. In a fraction of a second the world freezes and history is written. It’s magic. Simple as that. It's all about illusion. The photo appears to be a copy of the real world, but we know that isn't true anymore. We’re living in the digital world. A photo can just be as manipulative as a Hollywood movie. Therein lies its strength and appeal. It can convincingly tell a true story in a false story.
Recently I started to construct my own Stills. In the serie "Homemade-Still Life" I gather objects and things found at home, compose them and photograph them at home. My home, my space, is my studio and inspiration. The objects, people gather a lot of seamingly useless objects in a lifetime, give content to the rooms at home. These photos can be seen as portraits of uselessness, but when photographed that's not quite true. Then they tell a story of the photographer, searching for meaningful photos, in presenting the photo lies it's meaning. I trie to constuct the Stills radomly with objects I find at home.There is no simple explanation or meaning to these photos. Everybody's free to fill in their own. Or just neglect it.
Like Luigi Ghirri writes in his essays: " I have turned my attention to an enormous quantity of subjects, not out desire to understand everything, but of curiousity to understand everithing that was possible for me". Well I do agree.
The series : 'No more looking back 96" deals with fact that photography refers to something that already has happened. It's a quote from the past. These polaroid's , taken in 1996 shows my vision of my friends, myself and surroundings at the time I was 36. Like most people getting older, they look back at their past. Memories are like a record (LP) that you can turn on and on. The repeat mode. The people and things that disappear from your field of vision. It's healthy not living the past but it can be comforting to recollect memories. Some people at the pictures just disappeared from my life. Don't know what happened to them. Don't know where they are. It's inevitable that photography deals with the mystery of time. I reviewed my polaroids made in '96 and made several random compositions with them. Fragments of a past tense. That's what memories are, just fragments that live in your mind. They are a great treasure.
The series Lenticular nudes are photos about 3D postcards from the seventies. These pictures when photographed have a strange feeling about them. The colours and the reflections of the lenticular cards resemble the original but are complete different in their representation as a photo. They transform in something quite new. The illusion of the illusion.
The series: Colombo -Requiem for a fallen star deals with different aspects of time. The here and now from my room and the tablet. The past present in the pictures of the series. The episode from the series Colombo dates back to January 1973 when I was still a child. The series introduced a new kind of investigator. Less action lots of brain kind of detective. His appearence is a bit smudgy. He himself is heavily underestimated by the criminal. His appearence is a camouflage. That's how he catches the bad guys. In the 70's this was a hit series I was fascinated. I'm a lot older now and have seen detectives come and go. Some good some bad. But still I sometimes watch a Colombo episode and allthough the series has aged, I like it. The photography and Mise-en-scène is crispy and vital. Specially the colors. The titles of the episode are epic: "Requiem for a fallen star". Sounds like a poem. Let my series be a homage to the series and the past.
The series "Shimmer Images" deals with time and perspective.. The photos show multiple views of reality in one image. Because of the reflections the images seem to shimmer.
Recent Exhibitions and publications:
2011 - Kunsttour Maastricht Timmerfabriek
2012 - Kunsttour Maastricht Timmerfabriek
2012 - Secret Postcards. Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
2013 - @Heyoka's, Maastricht
2013 - Gup Gallery, Amsterdam, "New Dutch Photography Talent 2014"
2014 - Nhow Hotel, Rotterdam
2014 - Publication New Dawn magazine november -"column binnen de perken
2014 - Publication book: "Green tea in a mauve mood". By Big Black mountain the darkness never ever comes.