Jan Van Hove
in Canada but currently based in Brussels, Belgium, Patrick Jan Van Hove
is a passionate photographer whose work is centered around the celebration
of the beauty of the female body. He explores classical academic nudes as well
as the world of erotic and fetish imagery. His latest project is the publication
on his website of a single image each day, for the whole year. These images will
be used to create his first book, which will cover the last five years of his
work as a photographer.
Patrick's inspirations include the work
of Jeanloup Sieff and Jonvelle, for their beautiful natural nudes; the studio
of Schatz and Weston; and the provocative imagery of Newton, Araki and Kroll.
is also strongly influenced by the work of the 19th century photographers.
the founder of Mamut Photo, www.mamutphoto.com,
a creative photography website centered around the use of ultra-large format
cameras and of alternative photographic
Patrick uses a wide range of equipment and processes in his work,
cameras to Polaroid materials and a century-old 11x14" wooden view-camera. But
his main tool, which he has been striving to master for years, is light,
precisely, the play of light on skin. This light has been the main focus of his
photographic explorations, both in the studio and out, and he has developed a
very personal approach to the nude, not striving to to show perfection, but to
celebrate the beauty of women as they are, simply human.