Monday, April 2, 2012

Erratic Photography: Hellen van Meene

Hellen van Meene is a Dutch photographer whose images of adolescent girls capture the awkward, radiant vulnerability of youth, when we are still flexible and full of possibilities.

However, she does not intend to capture a specific quality of an individual in her photographs, but rather uses her models to embody some aspect of herself and her own world. She says, "The photographs are not meant to be portraits, which is why they have no titles. It is not my intention to give expression to their personality or state of mind. Nor do I want to sketch a sociological image of contemporary youth or girls at the moment of puberty. I look for a certain mood in the pictures, in which the girls almost figure as actors... Often it is something I happen to see, which I then translate into my own image and which I transform into my own world. While photographing, chance plays an important role, because all kind of things happen that cannot be foreseen."

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