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Posts tagged children:

"I felt that children smoking would have a surreal impact upon the viewer and compel them to truly see the acts of smoking rather than making assumptions about the person doing the act." Frieke Janssens 

Last week, I attended the preview for, “Smoking Kids,” by the Belgian photographer, Frieke Janssens. I was impressed at how much fun an opening could be. Rather than a stuffy affair, it was packed with well-dressed Belgians out in support of one of their own, enjoying live music and good drink. In essence, a party.

Frieke Janssens images of smoking children may, on first take, seem real, but they’re not. With any photographic work, much lies in what we bring to the moment of engagement with the image. Understanding a photographer’s intent, therefore, can sometimes be a little ambiguous. With these beautiful portraits of children, I find that to be the case. Janssens is asking us to question the viewer’s relationship to smoking, and then what?  Do these portraits transcend their stylized appeal?  

Janssens is an accomplished photographer bold enough to follow her imagination wherever it may lead. She understands how to produce good work, and I salute her. I suspect that despite some finding her depiction of children controversial, much of the work will sell here, as it has in Europe. The exhibit is up until the 8th of February at the VII Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Stay tuned, you’ll be hearing more about Frieke Janssens. —Lane Nevares

"I find my muse behind the mystery of youth." —Natalie Obermaier

Quality work should always be recognized.  Natalie Obermaier’s poetic series, “Cloister the Mews” is featured in the latest issue of Fraction Magazine.  (full disclosure: Nevares Fine Art represents Natalie’s work.) 

Natalie’s work captivates.  With a Hasselblad camera and black & white film, she reveals a sensitivity in her subjects that is a pleasure to encounter.  View her work carefully and the subtleties of light and shadow will resonate. In this brief video Natalie discusses her work and how the muse guides her. Inspiring.  —Lane Nevares

"My work is ultimately about emotion. It is about capturing a moment or a memory."—Deborah Parkin 

The photographer and mother, Deborah Parkin, tell us that "September is the Cruellest Month."  This is also the title of her latest series, forthcoming monograph, and new show opening next week in England at the beautiful “Theatre by the Lake” in Keswick, Cumbria. 

I discovered Parkin’s portfolio recently through Aline Smithson’s excellent photo blog Lenscratch. I immediately sensed the power of the work. Parkin’s portraits are deep, poetic and emotional—and all the more so when you understand that these historically processed, large format images are of her own children.  

Parenting itself is an unbelievable emotional journey.  Along the way, Parkin is documenting her own experience and trying to capture those fleeting moments that always pass too quickly. As the kids go back to school, and the summer slows to an end, maybe Parkin is right: September is the cruelest month.  —Lane Nevares


Fleur by Natalie Obermaier
While quietly viewing Natalie Obermaier’s portrait work, I am reminded once again of what makes a photo resonate.  Sure, there is the technical excellence she brings, using her Hasselblad camera, black & white film, and available light, but I return again and again to Natalie’s work because I feel the emotional pull.  Natalie and her subjects are connected, sharing, and engaged in discovering.  In creating a safe and loving atmosphere, Natalie is able to capture an indescribable “something,” (call it a je ne sais quoi) from her subjects, that is distinct, and I believe quite special.  Few artists today are able to take such exquisite portraits of children.  Natalie Obermaier is poised for great things. —Lane Nevares

Fleur by Natalie Obermaier

While quietly viewing Natalie Obermaier’s portrait work, I am reminded once again of what makes a photo resonate.  Sure, there is the technical excellence she brings, using her Hasselblad camera, black & white film, and available light, but I return again and again to Natalie’s work because I feel the emotional pull.  Natalie and her subjects are connected, sharing, and engaged in discovering.  In creating a safe and loving atmosphere, Natalie is able to capture an indescribable “something,” (call it a je ne sais quoi) from her subjects, that is distinct, and I believe quite special.  Few artists today are able to take such exquisite portraits of children.  Natalie Obermaier is poised for great things. —Lane Nevares