Kitchens Uncovered.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

In what he calls a "combination of documentary and collage," photographer Erik Klein Wolterink strives to capture the secret lives of kitchens. His series, "Kitchen Portraits" (now a book), was shot in Amsterdam, in a diverse array of multicultural living spaces. 


"I wanted to make a project about the stuff we use everyday and decided to use the kitchen as a metaphor for a complex multicultural reality," Wolterink tells Slate, adding, "I can't cook...and I'm not really into kitchens. I'm interested in the way we live, our daily environment, what surrounds us, the everyday stuff we normally don't see or pay attention to."


Apparently, the photographer is looking to shoot kitchens around New York City in the coming weeks (more info about that on Slate). I wouldn't be brave enough to offer up mine - "I ask [my subjects] not to clean," says Wolterink.

Visit Erik Klein Wolterink's website, here. Thanks so much, Abbey, for clueing me in!

12 comments:

Ethaney said...

i want this. i need this. i have a weird obsession with kitchens.

auste said...

After seeing pristine (and seemingly unrealistic and unattainable) kitchens on design blogs or pinterest, this is super refreshing. Real. I like it.

Rose said...

Nice! Makes me want to throw crap out!

tara said...

He somehow makes that look good. I swear if he photographed my kitchen, it would look like crap. Although, that could partially be due to the fact that one of the big lights in the kitchen is out, so it's really dark in there...

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Shoko said...

Auste, my thoughts exactly!

sherry said...

controlled chaos, I would call.

angela said...

neat! makes me want to go home and organize my cabinets!

girlseeksplace said...

You find the most interesting things on the web. He could take this one step further and photograph people's bathrooms. Those fascinate me just as much as kitchens.

Shoko said...

Brianna, that would be amazing!

Rachel @ Existation said...

So many colors, and so much messiness! These are definitely kitchens I can aspire to =]

zivar said...

as a kid i used to go into friends houses and open their fridge.. it was a problem. this totally helps eliminate the intrusive factor. ;) fascinating.

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