The series of animals by Marcel van Balken in lost places is a conceptual serie of old, derelict and no longer inhabited buildings with a rich history. Characteristic, abandoned locations all photographic sets where the ‘lost memories’ of the former residents, symbolized by an animal, have been recreated and photographed again. The combination of the real history and the no longer existing residents, thus creates an almost poetic, new image of symbolic memories from days gone by.
The conceptual pictures and series made by Marcel van Balken are characterized by some form of control by him. He influences the images so that the photo series expresses what he wants. This influencing can be in the scene to be photographed, but also afterwards, by the use of image manipulation.