Empty Glasses Daan Oude Elferink

Empty Glasses Daan Oude Elferink


Product Description

“Empty Glasses”by Daan Oude Elferink. 2015.  Dimensions H40 W60 cms.  Limited edition #14 of 18. Certificate of authenticity included.

Daan Oude Elferink is one of Europe’s most collected modern day photographic artists.

Born 1978 in the Netherlands, he travels the world accompanied by Urban Exploration followers (Urbex) who are irresistibly attracted to abandoned sites such as ruined mansions, factories and public buildings which show the fallen grandeur of past European aristocracy, industry and imperialism.  He was immediately impressed with the beauty of decay and the artifacts showing the history of the building.

“You’d be surprised what people leave behind, often for unknown reasons. Beautiful villas, still fully furnished – everything covered in a layer of dust. Hospitals with patient files scattered in the hallways. Theaters and ballrooms, now empty of laughter. Castles where the family photo album still sits on the bookshelf. Memories of what used to be. How did these people live? Why is the place abandoned? What happened? With time, nature starts to take over. As the years pass, buildings and the secrets they keep crumble and decay. On first glance you may see a pile of moldy debris, but look at it with different eyes and you’ll find a breathtaking beauty. Decay ignites the imagination.”  Daan Oude Elferink

Searching for the perfect image in these sites brings its own unique challenges.

Finding the locations involves detailed research on Google Earth and Street View, tips from the Urbex community and then a trip to countries such as Poland, Italy, France, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.

Entering these buildings is often illegal and he has been chased by dogs, drug addicts, thieves, threatened at gun point by Police and nearly fallen through unstable floors.

From a photographic perspective, light is the biggest challenge.  Because the buildings are deserted and without electricity, he has to rely on double and triple exposures.  In order to capture all the subtle nuances with a single instant, he makes use of HDR (High Dynamic Range) which involves taking 3 to 5 identical views, each one with a different light exposition.  These images and then merged by computer bringing to life photographs of high impact.

Printing of the final image for sale to the customer is done on the highest museum quality photographic paper, then mounted to aluminium D-bond.  The finishing touch is a hand-coated layer of a new material based on liquid epoxy in order to create extra depth in the image.