"Photography for me is all about beauty, sincerity, pureness, simplicity, and feeling. It should touch your soul."
Born in the small village of Brabant in the South of the Netherlands, Marie-Jeanne van Hövell tot Westerflier now lives in Amsterdam. She has taken courses and masterclasses in Photography for 10 years at Fotogram, Amsterdam. Marie-Jeanne ’s images have a mystical aura that entices the viewer and invites them into a journey through a sensual and delicate world. Reminiscent of the old Dutch Masters, her photographs seem to employ the same vocabulary of symbols and metaphors. Beautiful textures, a deep, well-balanced light, a well-calculated perspective and delicate gestures are key elements in drawing up her mysterious and intricate open-ended narratives that allow the viewer to contemplate and fathom the profound intensity in the simplicity of the human condition.
"I started taking photographs in 1982, using a single lens reflex camera. Between 1995 - 2004 I did a lot of training and took courses in photography. Continuing to develop I kept looking for the heart of what moves and touches me in photography. In 1998 I borrowed a camera from the formed director of Hasselblad and I was immediately enthusiastic because of the larger format, the sharpness, the original standpoint, the handicraft way of the camera. I was sold! From 2000 to 2004 I attended masterclasses from landscape photographer Martin Kers and portrait photographer Koos Breukel. These two masters taught me the substance of photography and with them, I discovered what touches me deeply: simplicity, the layer under the surface, stillness. I developed my own style and now I count on that. Black & white photography is timeless and that is what I like so much about it. It gives room for your own imagination and feelings. Recently I also started working in color with my Hasselblad digital back. A completely new world has opened for me and it’s quite a challenge. I must say I love it too!"
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