Esther Hovers is a talented Dutch photographer and filmmaker, who was born in 1991 and currently based in The Hague, western Netherlands. Esther graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 2015 and was also the Winner of the Photography Department Award 2015. Her work can be seen as an investigation into the question of deviance and normality within public space according to the intelligent surveillance camera.
In her new project “False Positives”, Esther Hovers shows how the cameras identify ‘deviant behaviour’ before a crime is committed. She interviewed security experts in the Netherlands about the systems and they informed her about what behaviours the cameras pick up.
“The photographic project ‘False Positives’ is set around the question of normal behaviour. I aimed to raise this question by basing the project on eight different anomalies. These so called anomalies are signs in body-language and movement that could indicate criminal intent. To find out what constitutes deviance we first need to ask ourselves the question: What is considered normal?”
– Esther Hovers
These photographs, which Hovers took in Brussels – are montages, partially natural and partially staged, which Esther created by combining images from several minutes of video.