Wijnanda Deroo’s images invite the viewer to partake in the intricate relationship between architecture and nature, between history and time, and between memory and place.

What makes these photographs so arresting is that there are almost never people to be seen in them. Yet the viewer is struck with the strong sense that someone has just left the room, or perhaps someone is about to enter.

These images can be regarded as portraits, not in the traditional sense, but rather, portraits of intimate surroundings, of the traces each and every one of us leaves in our lives: walking through a hotel lobby, the clutter of our personal objects on a table, or even the light we read by.

Deroo achieves a profound meditation on all of her themes by the masterful use of natural lighting, enigmatic compositions and rejection of staging and image manipulation.