When I was recently in Latvia I was invited to visit the studio of Atis Jakobsons. While admiring his work, a conversation started fuelled by a portrait he had just created. This striking image, of a woman’s curving back, generated a discussion between Atis, Phil Toledano and the rest of us in the room about the visual power of an image without a face. Words like mystery, depth and intrigue were thrown around and it inspired me to create the series below.
What do you think about these portraits? What message do they impart, which one do you react to most strongly, why? Please leave your comments below.
I find Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to be an ideal base; it is a central point for international work, it is a hot bed of photography (the World Press, FOAM etc.), it is on the right track for a sustainable lifestyle, and last but not least, the friends and community are amazing.
One of these dear persons is Anna Keenan, an Australian climate activist whose work within the International Youth Climate Movement has been invaluable to the explosion of climate movements across the globe. She is a uber passionate individual who holds the need for climate justice and stopping the impacts of climate change dear to her heart (and on her neck). Without her skills in organizing, her intelligence and her drive, the climate change movement would be a step back. I recently got the opportunity to photograph Anna here in her adopted town of Amsterdam. Enjoy