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• AN ALIENS POINT OF VIEW: AMERICAN COLLECTION •

• Artist’s Statement •

“An Alien’s Point of View”: A photo documentary of cultural differences between the Netherlands and the United States.

    Through the art of photography I use patterns, contrasts and a personal perception to capture the images in what I see around me. Moving from the Netherlands to the United States opened up a whole new environment, a culture subtly different from what I was used to. It turned my world upside down. Everything ordinary for my neighbors is new and exiting for me. It made me aware and appreciative of ordinary things and places.

    With this collection of black and white photographs I want to capture my perception of the sometimes small, sometimes big cultural differences between the Netherlands and the United States. By isolating ordinary places, habits, views and customs, I hope that those who see this collection will think about what it means to them, instead of just taking them for granted.

    By presenting my point of view with additional information set against a Dutch background I hope to evoke awareness and appreciation for the cultural environment that surrounds us here.

Susan Verberg
March 19, 2002


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