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Larger than Life with Natascha Kwee

I just really love to play with the concept of a surreal world and the fact that basically everything around us can be fascinating in some way.

Photos by Natascha Kwee Interview by Citizen Brooklyn
Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

In the modern world, boredom usually leads to apathy, but in the case of Natascha Kwee, boredom with her world has inspired her to create one of her own. So tumble down the rabbit hole on this photographic journey through wonderland.

Citizen Brooklyn: How do you think the Netherlands have influenced your work?
Interesting question… I’ve never really thought about that before. I’d say that it opened a whole new door for me. After a few years of shooting in the same environment, I started to get a bit bored by it. I daydreamed about the most beautiful places I’d see in the photos of others, but, unfortunately, traveling to idyllic places wasn’t always an option. That’s when I started to realize that I could create my own little worlds with the use of some crafts and Photoshop. So, thanks Holland, for boring me! You’ve given me a new photography style.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

CBK: You seem to experiment with Photoshop quite often. Do you think it adds something to your photographs that an unaltered picture cannot capture?
Hell yes! It gives me the privilege to create literally everything I want, which would’ve been way more challenging without editing tools. I do try to make it look realistic though, as if the banana she’s sleeping on (see photo above or below) is really supposed to be there. I’d call it realistic surrealism.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

CBK: Your work is filled with color and happiness. Why did you adopt this style?
I wouldn’t say that happiness is my intention, but with colorful you’re spot on. I love to play with a wide range of colors to combine; especially contrasting colors really get my eye juices flowing.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

CBK: Is there a thematic through line in your overall body of work?
Not specifically, but you can bet your money on it that elements of human and nature are combined in almost all of my photos, because I simply love to see both in harmony. I also tend to create more surreal images nowadays, but they’re not directly connected to each other.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

CBK: Most of your work seems to have a connection to nature. Why is this?
That’s an easy one: I love nature! I love being in nature and looking at nature, it’s breathtaking and extremely soothing at the same time.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

CBK: Your subjects often appear small compared to everyday objects, what is your intention with this dynamic?
In my eyes, it’s the other way around: enlarged everyday objects with normal sized people. I just really love to play with the concept of a surreal world and the fact that basically everything around us can be fascinating in some way.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

CBK: In your personal work, your protagonist always seems to be female? Is there a reason for this? Do you work with male subjects as well?
I automatically picture a female in a scene I want to create. I think the reason behind that is that I feel more drawn to the shape and softness women usually have: it radiates a more dreamy, delicate feeling. I’ve shot some male friends though, which was fun and challenging, because it forced me to think in a different way. Definitely something I want to experiment more with in the future.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

CBK: What is the message you are trying to convey to your audience?
I’d like my audience to see that you’re not dependent of your surroundings when it comes to creating art. Don’t be bummed about the lack of mountains or oceans in your neighborhood, but take a look at the simple things around you for a change. The fruit you’re eating every morning, the bush on the corner of your street or even the sugar in your kitchen. They can all serve as main characters in a world that goes beyond ours.

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

Photo © Natascha Kwee

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