Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Lonneke van der Palen

Last summer one of my dearest friends, Lonneke van der Palen, graduated from KABK (Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague).
Lonneke is a very promising photographer. With her graduation project Lonneke shares with us memories of a journey she never made. During this grey autumn days it is even a greater pleasure to look at this work. Im very sure we will be hearing a lot more from her soon.

At KABK graduation expo last summer

More work is presented on her website: www.lonnekevanderpalen.com 

Encounter with Lonneke van de Palen 

BP: Can you tell us something about your graduation project?
LvdP: My project Souvenir consists of memories of a journey never made. With imagination as the main ingredient, one can transpose themselves in any imaginable place or culture. Photography is widespread and such a commonplace where clichés are created. People in their turn make pictures to meet those clichés. The posing in stunning landscapes, sunsets, wildlife, exotic food, and the indigenous population: they almost become icons. These images, shown worldwide in the media, are the source and starting point for my project. I do not registrate what the world throws at my feet; instead I reinterpret the world from my individual insight. Photography enables me to visit distant worlds and gather souvenirs of a journey that has never been made. The journey emerged merely by imagination, because the collective has been there before.

BP: What fascinates / inspires you?
LvdP: Everyday subjects fascinate me, simply because people seem to stop noticing them. I challenge myself to take an everyday subject, such as a cat or a dishtowel, to recreate it into an image that intrigues and fascinates. By creating compositions of everyday occurrences, and by highlighting the beauty of it, I want to offer people the possibility to be surprised by them again.

BP: Who is your favorite designer/artist/photographer?
LvdP: Anuschka Blommers & Niels Schumm and Lernert & Sander

BP: Did you always wanted to be a photographer?
LvdP: Actually yes, photography was always the only thing I wanted to do since I was young.

BP: What do you like the most in photography?
LvdP: What I like about creating an image is that a new reality comes to life. My reality, in which I have complete control. I consider photography as a redesigned life, one that may have existed.

BP: What is your dream now that you have graduated?
LvdP: What are your plans for the future? I guess it's impossible to plan your future in photography, but I hope to exhibit my work in different ways and in different spaces combined with work for independent art- and fashion magazines.

Take a look at her graduation project ‘Souvenir’

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