march & rock magazine

A self-published magazine of visual explorations by Maarten Rots

In 2015 I released the first edition of March & Rock.With 27 issues published to date and 4 new editions every year, a subscription is the best way to stay engaged with the development of my artistic output.


Insight into a developing practice

Follow along and see how I try out different approaches and discover new possibilities.Living in a self-built camper van I travel through Europe for the better part of the year. The new surroundings I immerse myself in inevitably seep through in my work. When I'm not on the road I continue my journey inside my studio where I explore the potential of light and shadow and also work with paint, collage and mixed media. Each new issue of March & Rock reveals how my current fascinations translate into photographs.Hand-numbered in a limited edition of 200 I release four new editions every year.
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Each year I release four new issues. As creativity doesn't adhere to a calendar, new releases are not always at a regular three month interval. When you subscribe, the latest edition will be sent on its way to your home immediately.

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#27: On native soil

current edition

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in May 2022

I was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands’ oldest city. After a five-day hospital stay, my budding parents and I returned to our home in Aalten, the town where I grew up and spent my youth. Although I never really returned and remained unfamiliar with the city, Nijmegen is still listed as my birthplace on my credentials.I’ve always felt disconnected from that prominent piece of information, which clouds rather than clarifies who I am based on official records. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of my existence I decided to familiarize myself more with my birthplace that isn’t my hometown and once again spent five days in Nijmegen, this time photographically exploring the city.

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Also available in combination with a hand numbered and signed art print.

Hand numbered, signed and embossed. Printed on 300 grams wood-free Fedrigoni Splendorgel Extra White paper with HP Indigo ElectroInk, 20 x 30 cm + white border for framing (22 x 35 cm total size) in an edition of 100.


One year in a single box

The easiest way to catch up with a year of my work. At the end of each calendar year I release a limited amount of box sets, containing all four issues I published over the past 12 months.Box sets are available for 2020 and 2021, previous years sold out.



#26: Concrete waves

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in May 2022

When I was 15 years old, a group of 30 of us managed to convince the local council to give us a miniramp, a funbox and a rail.It changed my life. Our skatepark became the place I spent most of my free time, where I found my musical taste and where I made friends for life.Even though I don’t roll around anymore, the calm atmosphere of these spaces and their seemingly infinite possibilities still draws me in.


#25: Paper trail

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in February 2022

During corona-related lockdowns, I started experimenting with light projections and created conditions within which I could capture colourful, graphical compositions. I’ve continued to experiment with this technique during subsequent lockdowns.A simple sheet of white paper sparked an investigation into the use of organic shapes in my compositions.


#24: On hold / hold on

A5, 24 foldout pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in December 2021

During my first roadtrip since the start of the pandemic, I slowly became aware of the impact the preceding year and a half had had on me. Themes like the passing of time, erosion and our human urge to fight it, and the limited amount of control we have inadvertently found their way into the photographs I made.A quest for inner peace, which revealed itself to be an ongoing journey rather than a destination. I found a new appreciation for the fleeting nature of life. Here and now. Hold on.


#23: Close to home

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in July 2021

Over the past few months I have been making photographs in the city of Doetinchem (NL). The immediate reason for me to explore and photograph this city is my participation in the group exhibition “Zo zie ik het!”, opening this summer at the municipal museum. But Doetinchem is also the first actual city closest to the village where I grew up in the east of the Netherlands. In my teenage years I used to go there by train to go skating, buy CD’s and hang out.There’s quite a difference in the way I used to see the city and how I see it today. It’s good to be reminded how our perspectives change over time.


#22: Light abstractions

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in April 2021

This 22nd issue of March & Rock displays my continuation of experiments with projections of light on my studio wall, a process I began to explore last year when the corona-related lockdowns forced me to start working inside.A potential source of frustration gave an unexpected twist to the way my photographic work has developed and made me rediscover the positive impact restrictions can have on the creative process.I borrowed the title for this edition from Carlotta Corpron, an American photographer whose work from the 1940’s has been an important influence in the development of abstract photography.


#21: Shadow conflicts

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in January 2021

I am fascinated with the role shadows play in the processes our brains use to understand the depth in a given situation. It excites me even more how this process can be exploited to create puzzling imagery.Colour has always been an important element in my photography, but over the years I have also come across locations that appeared almost black and white. It is within those circumstances that a dimensionally challenging photograph becomes almost inevitable, a selection of which make up this 21st edition.


#20: Projections

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in October 2020

The photographs that make up this 20th edition of March & Rock are the direct result of staying inside during the corona pandemic. Unable to go outside I started experimenting and shaping compositions with light, discovering a universe parallel to my preceding imagery.


#19: Out of the ordinary

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in July 2020

A deep-rooted interest in perception and the way our brain processes visual information has always been one of the underlying motivations behind the photos I make. Another important element is my interest in how light works and the effects it can have on a given situation. When I first travelled to Spain and Portugal in 2017 a whole new world opened up for me. There is something about the light that I hadn’t experienced before.During the first three months of 2020 I embarked on a road trip through Spain and Portugal to further explore the abstract qualities that can be found in everyday situations.


#18: Discovering the familiar

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in April 2020

Like so many people around the world dealing with the global pandemic we are facing, I suddenly found myself restricted by a set of walls, unable to go out and roam the streets to discover the compositions I have grown so fond of. After a brief period of adjusting to the new situation, I decided to use the house as my new playground.Initially worried that my familiarity with my subject would make me lose my interest, I soon realized these restrictions allowed for a new appreciation of what I thought I knew so well. I developed a greater affection for the fleeting nature of light and shadow dancing through the day, increasing my fascination for the familiar.


#17: Surface noise

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in January 2020

“Met het risico teloor te gaan in herinnering probeer ik het detail te isoleren...”“At risk of getting lost in remembrance, I attempt to isolate the detail...”- Ton Luijten


#16: Summer in Zöbing

A5, 24 pages, full colour, digital offset print.
Published in October 2019

In the Summer of 2019 I had the opportunity to do a short but intense art-in-residence period at sommergallerieZöbing in Zöbing, Austria. This resulted in a photographic exploration of the area around the gallery.The printed edition of this issue has sold out. You can still buy it as a digital edition.