jacob van heeren
Jacob Van Heeren stumbled across his first film camera when he was 16, intrigued he purchased a roll of Fuji200. ‘As I walked around aimlessly taking photos I became captivated: “oh how life is more pleasant through a lens”. Now 20 years of age and living in Fremantle Western Australia, I spend my time taking photos.’
How did the idea for the series come about?
Well actually these images were taken over a pleasant period of time that I spent with a beautiful empowering individual. So to be honest there wasn’t much preparation put into the series itself, it was more the emotions I felt at the time that inspired me to capture these authentic moments.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
In society, the female body is often photographed in a degrading way. In my photographs, I attempt to empower my models. Rather than depicting her figure as a sexual object, although she is naked her vulnerability is transformed into a source of power and strength. In my photography, I try to express emotions through light and unorthodox setting, to capture the unique touch of the moment and portray the emotions that have been felt at the time.
What inspires you?
“I’ll keep it short and sweet”, surroundings, natural lighting and shadows, the female body and the goal to express a sense of freedom for whom I shoot, these few particular things truly inspire me deeply.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is subjective, it depends on the human bean. I believe beauty defiantly depends on the individual and how they perceive things.
Film or digital?
Film, always film. It personally brings more love & enjoyment to the process.
What makes you happy and what’s next for you?
Long walks on the beach & Pina coladas of course! Hopefully have an exhibit in the near future, gather some funds and see the world.
photography: jacob van heeren