In his enigmatic photo series ‘Is This The Poem I Promised You?’, Richard Westerhuis subtly portrays the concept of domesticity inspired by The Poetics of Space by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. With the aid of dozens of pieces of scenery and props, he reconstructs rooms in which something remarkable seems to have happened. The characters in the story have disappeared, but what they have left behind speaks volumes and stimulates our imagination.
All works from the serie can be found in the book and you will read background stories about the creation and all props used in the various works are classified and depicted per work.
Inspired by the individual works of art from the fine art photography series ‘Is This The Poem I Promised You?’ five well-known writers took the challenge, seated in front of one of the works, to write a short story stimulated by their imagination. That resulted in five unique stories from Abdelkader Benali, Martin Michael Driessen, Arnon Grunberg, Sanneke van Hassel, Paul van Tongeren and Annelies Verbeke.