After finishing my studies in political and social sciences, aquiring a Phd, and a few years teaching at university I chose to pursue a career as freelance fotographer/ jourrnalist, specialising in social documentary photography in and of developing countries (see f.i. www.roelburgler.nl) As a counterbalance I do autonomous photography. Nearly all my fine art work falls under my bodyscapes project. Taking the nude as starting point I try to research what is photographically possible, with relatively simple means. This project has yielded everything from aesthetic, pure and simple pictures, to deeply traumatic psychological expressions, from the comical to the abstract, to landscapes, kosmic and under-water pictures My aim, with my autonomous art, not my documentary photography, is to inspire the viewers to decide for themselves what it is all about. Its their associations and feelings regarding my art that are important. Get away from the viewer as a passive consumer, return to the viewer the responsibility for deciding the meaning and impact. The less a viewer knows about the work, the more the viewer will have to rely on his or her own feelings, associations etc. . My basic idea is that the responsibility for the meaning of art should be with the viewer. I hope my photo's trigger the viewer's associations, feelings and fantasy - all of which belong to the viewer and are the responsibility of the viewer, thus making the viiewer an active and conscious participant, instead of a passive consumer. As is to be expected with such a protracted project (nearly 40 years now) I have followed many side-paths, some of which have led to interesting and creative results. I have experimented with more complex approaches, some of the results can be seen here, but in the end come to the conclusion that the picture I take should practically allready be the end result.