Hellen Van Meene
According to van Meene, this meticulous styling and intense interaction is necessary in order to make her subjects feel more confident, eventually allowing their personality and inner beauty to come out. Her elegant but often quite awkward portraits reveal the dignity and vulnerability of this stage in life.
Despite her attention to details and styling, van Meene exclusively shoots outside the studio, under natural light. Her color and light saturated photographs are often compared with the work of 17th-century Dutch painters like Johannes Vermeer, that is characterized by their exquisite, jewel-like details and glowing, light-washed quality.
Van Meene often works with models she finds close to her home, and who she has known for years. Beside this, the artist frequently travels the world, finding interesting subjects along the way. In 2002 for instance, she photographed Japanese teenagers, with whom she could only communicate in a non-verbal way.
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