I am fascinated by light and the endless variations of atmospheric phenomena in the landscape. I am interested in low light conditions that occur mostly early in the day and in winter when the light is most subtle and intense. Each day begins a little differently offering infinite variety in light and colour. Clouds, fog, rain, and snow all produce varying levels of visibility from transparency to complete opacity. These are the elements of my environment and therefore of my work.
I am often moved by a sense of calmness of a place or of a certain moment and it is this sense of tranquility that I try to capture in my photographs. I make images as I discover them. In order to place myself in the most advantageous situation I rise before dawn and though I don’t know what to expect, I know the moment when it feels and looks right.
I am interested in a wide range of imagery from simple landscapes to more abstract compositions of lines and textures, simple patterns of light and shadow and the magic of close color values, but no matter what transports me, the imagery is always grounded in the compositional possibilities found in natural settings.
Mariëtte Roodenburg was born in Curaçao and raised in the Netherlands. She moved to Nova Scotia, Canada in 2003 and became a Canadian citizen in 2014. In 2005 she launched Anderson, gallery of contemporary photography in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. For over ten years she dedicated most of her time to running the gallery until she sold it in 2015 to free up more time to work as a photographer. Her formal education includes a Bachelors degree in Art History and Archeology from Leiden University, an MBA from IIB Delft, and a PhD from Rotterdam University. She studied photography at the Academy Amsterdam- Fotogram in the Netherlands. Prior to becoming a full-time photographer, she worked in finance in Europe and South East Asia.
Her photographic work has been exhibited in The Netherlands, Germany, The United States and Canada and is in numerous international private collections.