JASPER ZWARTJES

HOYA - Eye for detail

Jasper’s parental home in Heeze was situated in the North Brabant province of the Netherlands.
The converted farm belonging to Frans Zwartjes, experimental filmmaker and industrial design lecturer and his wife Trix was a crash pad of sorts in the 60's and 70's for a colourful array or artists, musicians, writers, actors and other adherents of the bohemian set.

Egged on by his ever–loving mother, Jasper succumbed to the lures of photography.
As the first photo rose to the surface of the developing bath, and revealed its irrevocable exquisiteness in the dark, Zwartjes suddenly saw the light. And out of the blue there was magic and the camera made it happen.
His calling was immediately obvious, despite a puberty that for years had fought long and hard against following in the footsteps of a photographically and cinematically inclined father.

Those footsteps did require some prior moulding however. (The Zwartjes family relocated to The Hague in the meantime).
A wide scale of opportunities arose.
There was room for the talented youth at both the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and the Academie St. Joost further south.