Photography and archaeology share a long common history. From the start in the mid 19th century, photography was used at primary level as a technique for registration of the archaeological process or during surveys. The past 19 years Vandermeulen and Veys have been working at Sagalassos, an archaeological site in south-west Turkey, opening up the traditional archaeological registration process by practicing photography as a mode of engagement within the field of site-specific photography. As a reference to the past, they work with a large format analogue camera and usually capture images in black and white. Exploring the boundaries of the genre, their work can be seen as archaeology of excavation photography.
The past years their focus broadened to more landscape-oriented photography, starting out from the notion of history-altered landscapes as opposed to the contemporary theme of man-altered landscapes. As such they explore the influence of time on topography. The landscape acts as a medium of exchange with photography working at the edge of absence and presence. A second trajectory was developed translating Sagalassos into a visual narrative focussing on portraits from artefacts and citizens in an interplay with text and other sources.
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