Exploring the quietly menacing effect, unremarkable plants as storytelling elements were collected and staged against the backdrop of common urban environments.
“By manipulating the optical and staging properties of photography with an analogue machine that I have constructed, I have produced these studio based images in camera rather using Photoshop compositing. They rely exclusively on the singular perspective of the camera to render their mechanics invisible.”
Watch this short video to get an idea about the process of making ‘Botanical Inquiry’ series.
“It is an attempt to visually weave together strands of both cultural history and family history, while paying homage to painters I love, like Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Gogh and De Chirico.
The series are an open-ended novella told in still photographs. Each one of them portrays an episode in the life of a fictional Jewish family living in on an unnamed street in Kazimierz, the historical Jewish section of Kraków, Poland, in the year 1930.”
Danielle van Zadelhoff‘s portraits – inspired by the Renaissance masters, a painterly use of chiaroscuro in search of the human psyche.
“I am searching for a feeling, for something that touches me deeply. It presses the button inside me and I want to express that emotion with my photographs. I use chiaroscuro because I like the shadows and the darkness. In the darkness you see the subconscience of people. It is in the dark side where we discover more of ourselves. I use children often in my photographs as in the Renaissance because their faces show more direct emotions.”
“I am inspired by the big themes in life, loneliness, vulnerability, the raw pure emotions in daily life. I want to capture this in the image, something that is almost invisible, but always present.”
“We are slowly moving towards a future where perfection becomes the norm. There are great expectations placed upon youth to excel in all they are and undertake. Appearance is everything. This notion is visually supported by all that influences their young lives. There is no room for imperfection in the new world.
Especially in Asia, women and girls with imperfections remain hidden and silent, their concerns unknown and their rights overlooked. This is far more likely to happen in the case of a girl-child, as boys are valued more than girls in Asian culture. The girl-child is likely to face discrimination within the family, and have little hope of marriage. Forced into a life where she is isolated and marginalized.
Silk – a royal Chinese fabric amongst the most valuable in the world – challenges the idea that girls with an imperfection are inferior, but in fact unique and beautiful.”
“Ordinary textiles such as bedding, towels and clothing filled the canvas of the sky with metaphoric amoebas, sea creatures, swarming birds, blooming flowers. They were like variants of Miro or Klee paintings. “Aerial” continues my photographic investigation of the sensual properties of the natural world (light, air, wind) and our interactions with it.”
“Like many people, I grew up with a fascination for animals. Storybooks, cartoons, puppet shows; our culture fosters the whimsical fantasy that animals are our friends. The truth is much darker. Animals are commodities that we use for food, clothing, labor, and entertainment. The Old Testament gave man a pretext for using animals to suit his needs. Modern civilization developed in ways to shield us from the cruelty and neglect with which we treat our fellow creatures. Today, attitudes are changing, due in large part to the long campaign of animal welfare groups that have worked to expose and question our exploitation of animals.”