"The Presence of the Past" is the result of the many travels through antiquity of painter, poet, sculptor, amateur-achaeolgist Gerti Bierenbroodspot.
Bierenbroodspot was inspired by the time of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
During her exhibition "Beyond the Horizon" at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden she held readings and guided tours.
The exhibition has been seen by more than twenty-thousand people.
In the main hall of the National Museum of Antiquities there was an Egyptian tomb with paintings and sculptures which were very dimly lit by very small spotlights.
Scattered along the walls of the museum there were sand and rocks that Bierenbroodspot had gathered from lands far far away and also debris of sculptures from Egypt, Libya, Syria, Libanon and from her astounding caravansérrail (a stop for caravans) in Petra, Jordan.
The music from Ernst Reijseger who was inspired by Bierenbroodspot's paintings and sculptures could be heard throughout the exhibition.
For this assignment I was part of the team of "Studio Fong-Leng".
Studio Fong-Leng was responsible for filming the exhibition and creating the book "The Presence of the Past" and I was responsible for the photography of the exhibition and my photographs were published in the book.
The sculptures were beautiful and the dimmed light was adding so much atmosphere to the whole exhibition, it was all very photogenic. There were sculptures made from alabaster which were beautiful and translucent, the hallways filled with a range of bronze sculptures of helmets.
The bronze sculptures of torso's with a background of one of Bierenbroodspot's painting were awe inspiring.
The work that Studio Fong-Leng did for Bierenbroodspot's book "The Presence of the past" took months to accomplish but the end result is breath taking!