Jasper Groen (1974, Nieuwkoop) documents the way young people perceive their identity. He is especially interested in crisis points of this process. He is interested in topics like a search for a place in the society, pressure from peers, contrast between identity and appearance.
After 10- years of working for a newspaper, Groen bought a camera to express himself better and without constant deadlines. His first photos were journalistic, raw and light. His last series "Eric*" and "New rebels" are more austere. Like whispering in an era where people tend to shout, as his former teacher Erwin Olaf describes it. Groen's portraits are simple, plain, wihtout undertones and with a minimum of colours. However, all his works show a strong connection between a photographer and his model.
"Photography is not a goal on it’s own, but a tool to get in touch with new people", he says. That is why most people who are his models are also his friends. The works of Jasper Groen are exhibited in the Netherlands by Foam, Nederlands Foto Museum, Foto Festival Naarden, Melkweg Galerie and Museum Huis Marseille. Abroad his portraits were exhibited in Argentina, Russia and Kenya. Groen is a self-taught photographer. However, he did an internship at Erwin Olaf and he followed a master class by Rineke Dijkstra.