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.
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.
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.