All artists gets their inspiration from someone or something. Photographer Jan Von Holleben got his inspiration from the book Homo Lundens by Johan Huizinga. Huizinga’s book examines how man learns through play.
Born in Germany, Holleben has taken that very thought and applies it to his photography. He has kids create scenes with various items such as balls for balloons, t-shirts for the ocean and feathers as clouds. They images are ethereal, vibrant and capture the essence of play and childhood.
The photographer describes his art in a fantasy-like explanation. “I once ruled the worlds. Not just one, but many. I ruled them with mirrors and lenses. I ruled them with light and shadow and time. Sometimes I ruled with a trick of the eye. Through my camera, an entire cosmos took shape, and each world within it seemed to operate by a certain unfamiliar logic, like a sort of magical clockwork.”