Jesse van der Tuuk: Walking Distance

The first few times I saw the photographic series in Walking Distance, I identified the urban environment as the main shared characteristic between them. When I interviewed Jesse and asked him about it, I realized that although the metropolis is indeed the protagonist, the underlying dominant notion that weaves the three series together is the interplay between the familiar and the unknown. This interaction does not occur, however, in a comparative sense; Jesse does not present two opposite cities – the commonplace city and the extraordinary city – but reinterprets the extraordinary within the commonplace. His lens vindicates what is deemed ordinary, those environments that inevitably become repetitive because he constantly sees them: his neighbourhood, the magazines he flips through during the day, the view from his window. And yet, these three photographic projects are not perceived as prosaic. The city that Jesse portrays keeps on morphing.

-Abril Cisneros

Walking Distance (2020 – Ongoing)

Walking Distance explores what happens when the starting point of a commute becomes the main environment.

For over a year I have been exploring the surroundings of the residential area Laakkwartier in The Hague during different lockdowns, holidays and other events.

The surroundings that before lockdowns and curfews only functioned as a base to come home to is now the main focus of my artistic output.

During the year I started seeing oddities and interesting surfaces that were easily overlooked when not seen multiple times a day.


The collages are completely made from a variety of cut up skateboarding magazines where I cut out the actual skaters and brand logos from the image. When taking out the main focus of the images one is left with suburban surroundings mainly consisting of concrete in all kinds of shapes which are reinterpreted into a collage.

You have these old buildings which are constantly changing. Like the facades and doors, or the textures of the walls, or graffiti being covered by other graffiti or by cleaners from the municipality. I really like when people drop a bucket of paint from their car or something, that will stay on the surface for years to come. These things building up in the environment which are really easily overlooked but they really characterise the neighbourhood.


A visual study of the large tree I can see from my apartments balcony where the tree functions as a sculpture in a changing environment. Since lockdown the tree became an object of interest due to it’s ominous presence in the yard.

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