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Tanneke Peetoom: Dolls

I recently gave a talk about the importance of working on photographic projects rather than the endless pursuit of the single stand-alone knockout image and how some of those instantly recognisable iconic images are often themselves part of a much wider body of work.

One photographer that I omitted from my talk was dutch portrait artist (that seems a more apt description than simply “photographer”) Tanneke Peetoom who I have written about here once before and has an incredibly original signature style but who is now involved in a photo project entitled “Dolls“. As with all good projects, it is still recognisably by the same person who produces the breathtakingly beautiful child portraits that I wrote about last time, but now, whilst using the same cool clean light and beautifully nordic-looking young models, Tanneke has styled and posed them so as to transform them into exquisite dolls – simultaneously real and yet unreal.

From "Dolls" by Tanneke Petoom, 2013

From “Dolls” by Tanneke Peetoom, 2013

Isabelle. From "Dolls" by Tanneke Petoom, 2013

Isabelle. From “Dolls” by Tanneke Peetoom, 2013

From "Dolls" by Tanneke Petoom, 2013

From “Dolls” by Tanneke Peetoom, 2013

I have attended quite a few photography degree shows over the years (including my own) as well as exhibitions where the idea of making humans look like dolls is a theme that has been tried by photographers of all levels. But I can honestly say that I’ve never seen this idea done as – well, beautifully – as Tanneke.

Elsa. From "Dolls" by Tanneke Petoom, 2013

Elsa. From “Dolls” by Tanneke Peetoom, 2013

Again, Tanneke’s models include her own children and she has clearly found a great make-up artist in Rosalie Coppelmans who seems to be able to perfectly complement Tanneke’s concept.

Find out more about Tanneke Peetoom at www.tannekephotography.nl and https://www.facebook.com/tanneke.peetoom?fref=ts

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