Rogier Houwen’s (NL, 1992) thoughtful approach to photography makes him a rarity in our society obsessed with fast and new. His longing for silence and emptiness brings a desire to reconnect with nature. This desire translates into capturing accidental, almost magical moments in nature he comes across; a pink sky, a webbed toe or an eerie landscape. But he is also looking for something essential in his work; what is the primal nature of humans, but also the origin of matter, which can be found in his abstract works. The seeming variation in subjects in his oeuvre is all interconnected, traced back to Houwen’s yearning for simplicity.