Photography Projects

My photographic work consists of colour photography, traditional analog black and white photography and experimental static depictions (stills) based on video shooting.

I work on various projects with different themes such as: Timescapes, Being Feminine, Insomnia, Meaningful Illusion, Hands, Looking through the Keyhole. These projects are usually resulting in photo books and exhibitions.

The book INSOMNIA  can be viewed and ordered here

 

Several photoworks from the series INSOMNIA were  featured in the ‘New Dutch Photography Talent’ 2016 edition by GUP Magazine (Amsterdam)

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Stillife 06
Stillife 06

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"Chasing the sun-rays" (2021)

A new series of my color photographs emerged during the pandemic, when meetings with people and my work with those who were portrayed stopped. My home and garden have become a place of inspiration. The home studio has become not only a place of oblivion from my illnesses, but also a place for "hunting", hunting for the sun's rays. When finally, after a long winter, the sun began to appear more and more often to linger in my studio, and in order to somehow distract myself from the constant pain, I began to photograph the objects that were at hand. Flowers, vases, fabrics, boxes, paintings, mirrors became my new models. The objects were not as important as the play of the sun-rays coming through the blinds of my window and illuminating these objects on the podium. The sun-rays falling in parallel lines seemed to complete the composition, adding an element of magical geometry to the still life and revealing the texture of objects, providing a three-dimensional relief, and also increasing the brightness of the objects' color. The sunbeams became my co-author. My task was only to have time to build a frame before the rays moved to another place, because the sun is moving inexorably. In Holland, the sun is not very fond of its presence, and when it was behind the clouds, I worked "alone", waiting for the life-giving light. This new series of photographs, very different from my early monochrome works, I started posting on Instagram.

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"Timescapes" (In Dutch) (2018)


“Alles heeft zijn tijd en alle dingen hebben zijn tijd onder de hemel: een tijd om te worden geboren en een tijd om te sterven.” (uit het oudtestamentische boek Prediker)


Wat is tijd? Bestaat tijd wel? Of is tijd gewoon een illusie, gecreëerd door de mens om de mensheid draaiende te houden? We ervaren tijd. Maar niets is wat het lijkt. Volgens Marcel Proust tijd hangt af van de toestand en gevoelens van een persoon. Het bizarre is dat de tijd niet volgens de chronologie verloopt, maar wordt  uitgevoerd door menselijke evolutie en bewustzijn. In deze zin is mijn project een tijdsperceptie, waarin ik mijn eigen levenstijd probeer te `reïncarneren` in de visuele materie. Monochrome fotografische beelden, die zoals bij Proust, het levensoverzicht voorstellen, zijn ondergedeeld in groepen of eilanden, of `tijdscapes´ welke zijn geladen met bepaalde herinneringen en betekenissen( Moederland, Homeland, Geluiden van het Universum, Tijd om te vieren.. Beelden van het woeste oerlandschap van Siberië, waar ik geboren ben, functioneren op metafysisch niveau als achtergrond voor het tijdelijk bestaan en nietigheid van de mens. Je voelt je er klein bij, onbetekenend. Tijd heeft daarin geen betekenis,- `timescapes`.-Verstilde fotografische verhalen n de expositie zijn aangevuld met de bewegende beelden van de video ”In the vacuum”, die kunnen geïnterpreteerd worden als een langzame ontplooiing van het lichaam na de geboorte, terwijl het zijn bewegingen en metamorfoses voortzet, gedurende het hele leven. Het `buitenaardse` geluid van de video helpt de kijker zich te abstraheren van de realiteit en naar je binnenste binnen te kijken.
Zo ontstaat je eigen Mythe, want van de dag van je geboorte tot je laatste dag op aarde doen we niets anders dan eigen mythe scheppen om tijd zichtbaar te maken...

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"Insomnia" (2016)

“As all photographs are fragments of a larger reality, so are these images by Lucy Besson. Together, however, with time itself no longer measured, they also elucidate the cause of their creation. They are mythical in the sense that they ignite a state in which we can revive the stories that do not need retelling but that are merely experienced as a faint illumination of our waking lives..” – Erik Vroons (GUP Magazine, Amsterdam

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"Meaningful illusion " (2015)

“Lucy’s photos show that she masters the technique and can play with it. Razor sharp or translucent, modest use of color, infinite shades, sometimes hard, sometimes soft.. She paints with the aid of photography. Lucy’s photos are always beautiful, but to discover the meaning it is required to watch attentively. Do you see those two squares? One white, the other black. The last time, I walked past it. Now I stand still and see a little baby in the white square; hidden life. In the black square I see a mother’s lap. I see new life, the accomplished life, heaven and hell. In short, I see the eternal return… And what do you see? It does not matter. ‘Seeing well’ is the personal reflection with an art object that appeals to you. That’s how you grow!” – Theo van Stiphout, Intermedi-Art Gallery

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"Being feminine" (2013)

The fight between good and evil takes place in every myth and story. It is true of my own legend too although I am mostly fighting myself, that is, my ”other” self. I believe that everyone is made up of a number of personalities. Which is the authentic one? Your life, your chosen path will give you the chance to discover who you really are. What is more, you have been born a man or a woman for a reason.

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"Looking through the keyhole" (2012)

“I believe a lot little miracles happen secretly.” – Carl Theodor Dreyer