Danielle van Zadelhoff‘s portraits – inspired by the ancient Renaissance masters, a painterly use of chiaroscuro in search of the human psyche.
They and Theirs is a series of illustrative portraits that depict the subjects as imagined characters. Matched to particular objects they pose within a constructed environment. In a painterly fashion the portraits a styled according to a delicate pastel palette. Surreal elements and a sense of the bizarre blur the edge between fantasy and reality. Quirky aesthetic and subtle humour also come into play throughout the series.
Pierre Gonnord’s “Portraits” – diving as Velázquez into the soul of social groups with strong cultural identity; the new spectacular book, published by ‘The Factory” with more than 100 portraits made between 1999 and 2012.
Pierre Gonnord is a French self-taught photographer who since 1988 resides in Madrid.
Helen van Meene‘s Vermeer-like portraits of teenage girls and their dogs.
Dutch photographer was inspired by a studio portrait of a dog from the 1920s, she found in 2010, and realized that “Back then, people only made one photo each year in their best dress… for some people, dogs are one of the family.”
In her personal beautiful project of children’s still life portraits called ‘Marine Life‘, Dutch photographer Shemara has caught a whole array of their honest expressions, pose and gestures leaving no question what they think about the sea creatures. As she has mentioned on her site “You cannot force them and you have to catch the moment that they give you”. The series was created in 2014 when her son was 5 years old and all the children are his friends at the same age. Shemara explained that she had let them to choose on their own what to hold in their hands and then photographed them with their choice.