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Not a lot to say here, or rather too much
So, for now, just letting the above images speak for themselves.
It's a really old book full of portrait photos from several photographers in the Netherlands, I think they're examples for how one wanted to be portrayed. I found it in our parents' house during all of the tidying-up these last few months; we have no idea where it's from, only that it travelled from my grandparents' house on my dad's side to theirs & even though I didn't quite know what I was going to do with it, I brought it back to my studio where it has been waiting patiently.





 







 

Comments

Mo Crow said…
(((Saskia))) the transformative power of art!
Nancy said…
Saskia~ What a story here! I've been thinking of you, nice to see you pop into my inbox today. :)
Be well.
you haven't ever seen it before?, even in childhood? Is there
anyone in the family of their generation that might know of this?
Sometimes on the backs there are markings of the photographer?
Mystery isn't even close to a word for these....
Saskia said…
it's amazing how much just seems to happen once I get going with the paints, am guessing it works kind of like that for you and the gloves Mo
Saskia said…
isn't it Nancy!
Saskia said…
nope, never before Grace; my dad's mother moved from her home to an old folks'home back in 1989 (I think) and we helped clear out the house......
stuff was divided, lots more collected by some service or other; my parents took a bunch of photo albums and cards my grandmother collected (I kept those too, another project;-)) plus many letters etc. I doubt my parents knew about this specific album, they never looked at the stuff again since it moved into a cupboard in their house, of that I am quite sure
there's no one left to tell us more
on the backs of the photos the names of the various photographers/studios are printed, that's why I think these are examples
they are anonymous as far as we are concerned (one is H.R.H.)
the paintwork-transformation is by me, just to be clear
Ardensgarden said…
Saskia- In love with these! Definitely see you in them. So whimsical and light hearted.
deemallon said…
These stunning and spooky adaptations seem an expression of all prior work — as if all art made by you to date was to pave the way to these. Absolutely brilliant.
Saskia said…
hi Sarita, oh I love that word 'whimsical', it describes them well!
Saskia said…
wow Dee, thanks!
they certainly feel as if 'something' has come unstuck in the process, transforming me too, come to think of it....love xx
CatherinE said…
These are absolutely my favorite form of portraits! They seem realer than the real subjects, in my opinion. I especially enjoyed seeing page after page of them here, what a gathering.
Saskia said…
hi Catherine, thank you! I believe we have many 'selves' and even if we don't get to live them, we can at least allow ourselves to fantasize about another 'me' from time to time.....
Liz A said…
you and your art are amazing ... and seeing these made me think of the book series Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children ...
Saskia said…
wow Liz, thank you
am back to painting I guess

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