The photo series Profile Pictures can be regarded as a collection of encounters with artists. It is a series of semi abstract images depicting details of art pieces.
The images are photographic moments showing the portrait in different forms; as reflections (Self Portrait with Anish Kapoor), shadow (Self Portrait with Lawrence Weiner) or silhouette (Self Portrait with James Turrell). One image is more recognisable as portrait than the other.
Subject to the pictures from this series are art pieces which have had an impact on Johan Nieuwenhuize ‘s artistic vision.
“I seek to give the viewer the opportunity to identify with the person in the pictures. By using abstraction, I become one with the art piece, and so can the viewer. I visualise the fact that the reflection on art can -figuratively speaking- shape your identity.”