In the archive of negatives there are many cloudy skies captured by Willink, still in the original paper folders: restless skies, turbulent skies and dramatic skies that he sought for backdrops to his paintings. He scanned the heavens through his studio windows and all the other windows of the apartment, as well as from the rear of his home and from the roof. He had no fear of heights, not even shying from clambering into the gutter. He purposefully photographed the city’s horizon, paying no attention to the bottom of the image, because he was only concerned with the cloudscape.
He called them ‘shifting skies’. Willink printed the photos himself on barite paper and framed what he needed. This usually meant that part of the bottom of the photos was cropped. In his quest for an oppressive atmosphere, he printed the photos in a heavy, dark way, rich in contrast: the firmament had to be ominous and menacing.