Girls (Nederlands - español)
Girls reveals young women who each think of a moment or a person that has had a defining emotional impact on their life. I did not confront them with sad stories nor asked them to shed tears in front of the camera.
My starting point was simple. I asked them, in all confidence, "who are you, at this moment, in all your beauty and vulnerability, and which gaze would you cast upon someone that has had a defining emotional impact on your life? Many of them confided to me that they experienced feelings of loss and that they found it difficult to trust someone again.
I photographed them as they are; with natural light, without make-up or styling. Girls shows real women. I all met them in daily life.
These girls are not models. They don't want to be extraordinarily beautiful. They only want to be themselves. I thank them, for their trust, and for their courage. Try to be good to them.
Danny Van der Elst, October 2012.
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), represented by Salve Mater Art Gallery.
In December, the images were exhibited at Art Gent, one of the major art fairs in Belgium (www.artgent.be).
Starting in February 2013, the first 12 images will tour over 17 cultural centres all over Belgium (Photography Circuit Flanders).
For gallery exhibitions, art fairs and a book, I am continuing to work on this project.
Until late March 2013, the collection is on display at Galeria "SICART" (Barcelona, Spain)
At the opening of the International Photo Festival of Knokke (B) the images will also receive some attention.
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.