Impermanence by Sven Signe den Hartogh

A KALTBLUT exclusive photography series by Sven Signe den Hartogh. It’s called: ‘Impermanence’ – 1. not permanent or enduring; transitory. “All of my work comes from a very deep emotion and desire to create, I try to create as personal as possible and therefor it is often a reflection of what I’m going through in life. In this serie I decided to explore the theme of melancholy via self-portraits. I’m very attracted to melancholy, because it leaves a lot of space for interpretation. In all my work the emotions have to be real, it has to be because that’s the only humane thing we can relate to. The emotion and expression of those who are portrayed.” says Sven Signe den Hartogh about his work.

Ever since I was young I felt that I couldn’t really connect with most people, a lot of children always thought that I was weird because I was different then most of them.

Later on, I began to see that everyone is endlessly trying to make the most out of his or her life but not really knowing what’s it about. 

I mean, we can forever talk about art and the importance of everything that comes with it but what’s really out there? 

I think we have developed a way to distract ourselves from our basic human experiences, that of consciously being in the moment and enjoying what’s happening, being true to each other, living in alignment with nature, being loving to other earthlings and so forth. 

To me, it feels like we are so focussed on things that in the end won’t make us any happier and but we just keep on doing exactly that because that is what is expected right?


We are so focussed on everything we can see that we often forget that there is a whole world out there that we can’t possibly explain but connects with us on many levels. 

I think it is really important to connect with this side of life in order to grow and to feel more in ease with all of the things we don’t necessarily know. 

And remember that nothing is permanent, not even death.

Photography and word by Sven Signe den Hartogh @svensignedenhartogh and