HOW IT STARTED
In 1993 Peter Jansen left his home base The Hague in the Netherlands and together with his wife Louise he started an almost non-stop travel around the world. His studio was replaced by a digital camera and a laptop computer and he started to record these endless travels. He reverted to his old habit of making panoramic pictures of places he used to stumble across. One of those old panoramic works came into being in 1977 on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas. The subject was the Cadillac Range of a collective of American artists called the Ant Farm: 10 Cadillac cars in a wheat field (Peter has added three more) ranging from a 1949 Club Coupe to a 1963 Sedan. The second, in 1978, was a quintuple piece of the sky between Rue Benoit and Rue de Rennes in Paris. The first so called 'Vista' was a view of West 53rd Street made from the 35th floor of the New York Hilton. Now, during the last 15 years of his journey across the world, more of these Vistas followed. In a way they are characterized by a technique that resembles 'painting with photo prints'. Every single print might be seen as a brush stroke. Looking in detail at these works one might observe several layers of attention: the choice and concept of the subject, the affect of colour, the artistís position, his sometimes iconic subjects, his varied concentration during the pace of time while creating the sometimes 50 or more 'brush strokes'. But always resulting in unexpected forms, from straight lines to strange curves, a scattered field of almost unintentionally grouped pictures or on the other hand a carefully planned result. In abandoned deserts, from the roof of a hotel or on a mountain top. Or in a flat Dutch polder-land. The dimensions of these works may vary from small size graphics to monumental wall dimensions, depending on the size of the individual prints.