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10.03.2009

 

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Karstens - the Paula Pictures

In 1995, when Hendrik Kerstens decided to devote all of his talents to photography, he also happened to have a model in mind : his daughter Paula. He wanted to document all the moments in her life, to capture the fleeting instants that the memory lets fade away all too soon.

His project, which became known as PAULA PICTURES, was bestowed with the PANL-Award (Photographers Association of the Netherlands).

The photos presented here at GoSee highlight Hendrik’s second passion – his fascination of the old Dutch painters of the 17th Century.

Hendrik says : ‘One day Paula came back from horseback riding. She took off her cap and I was struck by the image of her hair held together by a hair-net. It reminded me of the portraits by the Dutch masters and I portrayed her in that fashion. After that I started to do more portraits in which I refer to the paintings of that era. The thing that fascinates me in particular is the way a seventeenth-century painting is seen as a surface which can be read as a description of everyday life as opposed to the paintings of the Italian Renaissance, which usually tell a story. Northern European painting relies much more on craftsmanship and the perfect rendition of the subject. The use of light is instrumental in this.’

He does of course also create portraits of other people in his lives, or "give them a place in his heart", as he himself puts it. More of his work can be viewed on the Amsterdam-based gallery’s website.

Hendrik Karstens - Paula
Witzenhausen Gallery
05 April 2007 - 05 May 2007
Hazenstraat 60
1016 SR Amsterdam

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens 'Red Rabbit'

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens "Red Rabbit"

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens 'Red Rabbit'

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens "Red Rabbit"

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens 'Red Rabbit'

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens "Red Rabbit"

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens 'Red Rabbit'

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens "Red Rabbit"

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens 'Red Rabbit'

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens "Red Rabbit"

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens 'Veil'

Witzenhausen Gallery : Hendrik Kerstens "Veil"