QEP series "GIRLS"

Girls (Nederlands - español)

GIRLS shows young women who think of a moment or a personal encounter that had a defining emotional impact on their life.

I did not confront them with sad stories. I did not ask them to shed tears in front of the camera.

The starting point of each session was simple. I asked these girls in complete confidence “Who are you at this moment, in all your beauty and vulnerability?” and “Which gaze would you cast upon those individuals who are responsible for these feelings?”

Many of them confided in me that they were experiencing feelings of loss and anguish and that they were finding it difficult to trust someone again.

I photographed them as they were; with natural light and without makeup.

GIRLS portrays people who actually exist; their emotions are real. All of them, I encountered in real life.

These girls are not models. They don't want to be portrayed as extraordinarily beautiful; they only want to be themselves.

I thank them for their trust and their courage.

Try to be good to them.

Danny Van der Elst.


"GIRLS" is published in two volumes. To purchase, click here.

Awards & Exhibitions

The first 12 images of this series were awarded with an international prize (Qualified European Photographer-award) in June 2012, by the Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP).

One of the images received "Prize of the Jury" at the Bourbon-Lancy photo festival (F). 

In October 2012, the images were shown at the international photographic art fair fotofever Brussels (www.fotofeverartfair.com).

In December 2012, the images were exhibited at Art Gent, one of the major art fairs in Belgium (www.artgent.be).

Currently, some images of the project tour over 17 cultural centers all over Belgium (Photography Circuit Flanders).

For gallery exhibitions, art fairs and a book, I am continuing to work on this project.

A selection was shown at Galeria "SICART" (Barcelona, Spain).

Other exhibitions: click here.

Barcelona Exhibitions. Girls by Danny Van der Elst at Galeria Sicart

Belgisch fotograaf bekroond voor Girls (Cobra.be)

Belgische fotograaf Danny Van der Elst wint QEP Award (Digifotopro.nl)

More articles here.

Fine art prints

These images are available in limited edition fine art prints. Currently, two formats are available; 50 x 50 cm (edition of 15) and 100 x 100 cm (edition of 5). The images are printed with archival pigment inks. All prints are numbered and signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Contact me for more information and prices.