The Last Journey
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De laatste reis / The Final Journey


The home, the place where we can safely retreat. It is also the place where our identity becomes visible. Interiors are a favorite subject for photographer Karin Borghouts. The interior of a loved one who has passed away. Sometimes it is difficult to part with it. Karin received an assignment from a passionate art lover and collector whose mother passed away. She photographed the interior of this woman who lived to be 94 and whose home remained untouched by her son and daughter after her death. The interior is very recognizable to her generation. For the commissioner, these photographs not only form a beautiful memory, but the series has also become an artistic document of a time that is softly, but irrevocably, fading and finally disappearing. This series consists of 11 photos that were bundled in a handmade textile box. The title 'The Final Journey' (De laatste reis) is a reference to what this old woman sometimes said: 'Someday I will travel on my own and will never return'.

Photography & concept Karin Borghouts
11 archival pigment prints on Hähnemuhle Baryta paper 40 x 50 cm by Milo-Profi photolab
Textile map by Jansen Boekbinderij

  • Series Paris Impasse © Karin Borghouts


    Paris Impasse

    Paris has about 600 cul de sacs, cités, villas and squares: streets that end in a dead end. Cul-de-sacs. Within…

  • Series 'A painter's house' © Karin Borghouts, 2017


    A Painter's House

    After his death, the house of the painter Marten Melsen (1870-1947) was inhabited by his unmarried daughters and son. The…

  • The house, archival pigment print 65 x 52 cm ©KBorghouts


    The House - Het huis

    A fire destroys the family home of photographer Karin Borghouts. The event causes a shock and a wake of all…

  • Vincent was here, Church Auvers sur Oise, 65 x 50 cm © Karin Borghouts, 2017


    Vincent was here

    After photographing the Van Gogh reproduction in her parents' burnt-out house, Karin Borghouts became aware of her youthful memories of…