Wet faces


The wet plate has this quality to bring remarkable details of a person’s face to life.

An ongoing project to encapsulate slowness into my life and my photographic practice. It compels me to sit with the person being photographed and give him/her an experience.
The process gives a tangible idea on how capturing light works in photography. The chemical substances and physics create these magical moments.

The studio and dark room figure as a sand box, not as well-thought-out artistic practice.

Installation view at BINNENWERK Expo 2021

The things is see when I am not looking.


Images that get lost outside of the box.
Ungrouped, not contained and uncategorized.
Singles that fit calmly together because they were made without purpose or consideration.



What started out as an ode to his lover, became a body of work about the fear Jan De Wilde experienced in his search to depict tenderness, devotion and desire. His emotional motives weren’t always consistent with reality. Guided by intuition a visual process started in which he did not shy away from confrontation.

To adore the form of a human being, to be delighted in a person as such. That’s what it’s about. Can I come closer and call you my lover? “

Con ella


"Hay una mujer, que domina mi sentido con solo tocar mi piel"


Studio Alocasia

home blog

One of my biggest dreams is having a creative space/workshop/studio where I can make images and work on creative projects. 

Maybe oneday I can make this happen. For the meantime this ‘place’ is in my home, spread out in the house and is called Studio Alocasia.
This project functions as a sandbox, a creative playground at home. A place to keep track of design and photography projects. 

Including cross-pollination projects by my wife Ruth and daughter Eva Luna.

My dear sweet nothing

March 2020 - book design

One night we were at my parents place for supper and my mom showed us an old box of family pictures. After dinner I took the box with me, with a vage feeling it could become a little project.

Becoming a father myself made me wonder about my time as a baby. Reflecting and questioning nurture vs nature made me look into my own childhood.

Feels like Twenty-nine

february 2020 - book design

I like to give self-made gifts to people that are special to me. For Sarah’s birthday this time I made a handmade book of photographs I collected of the past year.

There she is

december 2019 - graphic design

Some time ago Ruth was reading next to me in bed. Slowely she stopped reading, looked up and said: “if we have a daughter someday I would like to call her Eva Luna”.

I responded quite dry: “That’s a nice name”.

Not realizing that a while later Ruth would get pregnant and we wouldn’t have to spend time thinking about a name.

The Changing table

December 2020 - furniture design

“You will need a changing table”, they said.
Which automatically, without thinking, raised the IWMIM response in my head.

After some nights thinking how I could make a cabinet in my garage with limited tools, I got started and succeeded.
To be honest, it was quite a hassle to make a cabinet that big in a rather small garage. But I like the result, it’s one of a kind and most importantly Eva Luna really likes it.

IWMIM = I will make it myself

© 2020 Jan De Wilde