Angelique Darding is a Dutch fine art photographer who has a story to tell. Her ongoing project Adriana Helena is at the core of her work: a photographic journey into the past and the future. Adriana Helena are the names Darding received when she was baptised as an infant. Given names that represent the hopes and fears that have framed her biography.
Adriana. The dark one.
Indisputably dark work, in both the literal and metaphorical sense. The anxiety disorder she carries with her, already from an early age, plays an eminent role in her life and work. Every image she creates, captures her daily reality.
Helena. The light one.
A straw. As long as there is one to grasp at, nothing is lost. However dark it gets, there always seems to be a shimmering light somewhere. So, there is always hope and optimism to be found in her work, even when it is concealed in harsh images.
The project is the lifeline of her artwork, and a profound inspiration for other projects and ideas.