Dark Waters is a series of images of water, clouds, and trees that look at humanity’s hand in commodifying and altering nature. Using a laser cutter, Van Der Hout burns holes into the photograph, pushing to see how far he can destroy the physical structure before it falls apart—a metaphor for incursions into nature. The gold background seen through the holes denotes the value that natural resources have, revealed through the destruction of the image.

Winner of the 2018 RMG Exposed Prize.