The talented artist Daniëlle van Zadelhoff creates her photographs from her fascination for the inner nature of humans. She works purely intuitively and strives to capture pure emotion.
The photography of Daniëlle van Zadelhoff contains a tension that does not go unnoticed. She offers her viewer raw emotions in a beautiful setting of light and shadows. These qualities make it hard to believe that van Zadelhoff bought her first camera only in 2013! Since then her photographs have been shown all over the world and in a short time she has built up a very impressive resume.
Van Zadelhoff's portraits seem measured and complicated. However, they are never drawn up according to a predefined plan. She discusses the poses with her models, but she often lets them do what they want. While she captures the photographs, she searches for the overarching themes from everyday life, like loneliness and vulnerability.
Although the association with the works of art of the great masters of the Flemish Primitives, Southern Netherlands or the Renaissance seems obvious, it should not be predominant. The clair-obscure technique only serves to accentuate the emotions of her characters, it emphasizes the fragility. Just like in the paintings of the great masters, the light source in the photographs of Daniëlle is not visible. Despite the resemblance, her images retain a contemporary character. This making her work iconic.