I am self taught photographer and Adobe Photoshoper born October 1964 and living in Antwerp, Belgium.
After being a stay at home mom for twenty years I rediscovered my old passion for photography. So you can say I’m born photographically in 2014
On the one side I love to frame the real life on the streets of Europe. Showing us the true life on the streets, I often focus on the surreal side of things without being disrespectful to the people in the picture.
On the other hand I love to take you on a journey to surreal places. The traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements. My work is often described as dark and surreal. Breaking free from the gloomy world is a topic that often reappears, as well as dreaming of a nonexistent world.
Artistic statement - Sabrina M
I’d like to give the viewer a glimpse of my world, a world sometimes far removed from the world as we know it. I attempt to portray fantasy, emotion and intense feelings in my work. I hope my images offer hope in a complex time colored by negativity. I try to convey my reality to the viewer and enchant them with an alternate reality. The end result is one thing but the creative process that precedes it is equally important to me.
Recurring themes of contradictory feelings like loneliness, freedom, anonymity, flight or death go together in a dialogue that I try to translate into positive images. These images sometimes arise spontaneously or I can) get inspired by things that I hear or read.
When I have a picture in my head, I make a rough sketch and on the basis of that sketch I photograph all of the ingredients to arrive at this one image. Like a traditional sculptor, I model with modern technologies and applied software all of the preparatory work to help bring to life what I had in mind from the beginning. You could compare it to how a painter would use a color palette, brushes, paint and various other items gradually creating an image on the canvas.
During the creative process, I use whatever is useful to achieve my goal. It may involve seemingly small, trivial objects that most would throw away, to create my personal symbolism. This slow process of creating in combination with how I feel at the moment forms the end result which is usually a dramatic, intensified, surreal version of what I had in mind when I started.
The biggest compliment I can get is that the viewer creates his or her own story full of their own personal feelings.
Group Exhibition - Differences, Beveren
Annual Dutch Art Fair, Amsterdam
2016 Charity auction VoedSaam, Beveren
2016 Group Exhibition Double Tree by Hilton, Amsterdam
Park Lane ***** residence, Antwerp
Galerie Fotoon: event Beeldenroute, Lissewege-Brugge
Group exhibition Gallerie DaDa, Belgium
Theobaldus kapel - Turnhout, Belgium
Galerij Fotoon - Lissewege, Belgium
ImageNation Paris International Photo Expo - Paris, France
Myths, Legends and Dreams - PhotoPlace Gallery - Middlebury, VT, USA
Solo show Passage Casino - Sint-Niklaas,Belgium
Group exhibition Gallery 29 at City Arts Factory, Orlando, FL, USA
Publications and awards
2013 - Publication APL Magazine
2014 - Publication Huffington post online
2015 - Second price Photowhoa
2016 – Interview and promofilm Zoom magazine “I Am Different - Nikon”
2017 - Stubborn magazine "Dream issue"
2017 - Stubborn magazine "Mystery issue"
2017 - Zoom magazine " What's in your bag'