A Dutch photographer by the name of Ellen Kooi has created a project of women stranded in nature that is both hauntingly beautiful and darkly emotional. Each image takes its cue from the likes of surrealism and fairytales with a very dark side. Slightly reminiscent of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Series, in which each image creates an untold narrative. Much like Sherman, the lead subject’s fate is left in the hands of the viewer.
With the scenic and almost eery forests and fields of Holland as a backdrop, each woman is left stranded in the middle of nowhere – her fate left to the viewer to decide. The environment and viewer play active roles in the readings of the works, positioned as the antagonist and voyeur. The complacent activity of the woman or girl in each scene is disturbingly helpless. Quite the discussion piece.
To see more of Kooi’s work, be sure to visit her website: ellenkooi.nl
Until Next Time . . .
Stay Inspired ~ Jules
CREDITS: All images copyrighted Ellen Kooi.