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Oct 19, 2008

Like a pearl

Ever since I saw his work at the art fair Circa 08 that takes place here in Puerto Rico,
I've been tracking down
Hendrik Kerstens portraits. I really love when artists go back
to the Renascence and bring back there Vermeer-Velazquez type of aesthetic:
"A number of the portraits of Paula are very reminiscent of Johannes Vermeer.
The austerity of the photograph, its clarity, the serene expression on the young
girl’s face, untouched by the experiences of adult life and, not least, the
characteristic ‘Dutch’ light, all combine to create this impression."
Kerstens for most of his pictures his model has been his daughter. Ever since he
took up photography in 1995 he's "wanted to document all the important moments
in her life, to ‘be there’, to capture something of the fleeting moments that fade from
memory all too quickly".


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