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Photography: Black & White, Paper, Digital on Paper.
Peter van Stralen likes to describe himself as a ‘two-dimensional sculptor’ who likes to work with female dancers, since they are able to combine power with grace in a very natural way.
His style is strongly influenced by his background as a graphic designer: it is rather simple and direct. That is why he played with the female body forms in a straightforward fashion: to him, ‘less’ often means: ‘more’. In this sense, he can be considered a minimalist.
Both form and composition play an important part in his works, and since (in his opinion) colour often distracts from the essence of an image, he prefers to use black-and-white materials.
In order to avoid fashionable or contemporary influences, he deliberately created his images in an almost time- and space less environment. Moreover, since the dancers act as interpreters, he also tried to avoid any identification of the person behind the figure on the photograph, thus fully focusing the viewer’s attention on the form of the image.
In this series ‘ODD BODIES’ he emphasizes themes like alienation and strangeness by photographing the female body from a different perspective, in which women are no longer just familiar and sensual, but also pleasantly strange and fascinatingly versatile. He tries to show the female body in a way that makes you wonder again about seemingly ordinary forms. Therefore, this photo series is a reflection of his astonishment and admiration of these dancers.
Note: Image size includes a passe-partout!
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