Decent but merciless, Laura Van Severen abstracts or changes a particular environment into rock solid compositions that embody (new) worlds of their own. These new worlds only slightly differ from the ones they originated from. Her subjects themselves remain untouched and unaware of the transition they are undergoing.
It is her choice of perspective and sometimes-uncanny moment of creating the image that shifts the situation into one that is detached or graphic. Hereby, movement is an important factor in her approach to photography, in the subjects she photographs as well as in the way she approaches the world visually. By walking or driving, different layers of the landscape or space merge into each other or overlap, appearing and disappearing in front of or behind each other. In this process the specific place seems to be of less importance, rather the coincidence of details that come together in a specific way on a specific time provide in the possibility of creating her images. Van Severen searches for these coincidences, finds them and embraces them. In this sense, she is uncoupled from the world she is photographing. It’s only from this position that she is able to distill the frames and moments in this world, everybody else would just walk on by.-Yves Kerckhoffs.