New Dutch Photography Talent, simply known as ‘New’, is an initiative of GUP Magazine. The annual catalogue showcases the 100 most promising upcoming photographers from, or based in, the Netherlands. New is also in the position to connect upcoming talent with photography agencies, galleries and museums across the world. New is a hardcover publication that features a hundred fresh eyes, which makes for an awe-inspiring collection.
The moment of feeling so passionately about something that nothing else in the world seems to exist: this is the pursuit that absorbs me. I love photographing the people I love, the people I admire, the famous, and especially the infamous. I have a deep love for this planet and everything on it. Daily life is such a beautiful thing; inspiration is everywhere.
Despite being known for her sensual photographs of women—full of color, form, and contrast—Anne Barlinckhoff wouldn’t call herself a feminist. We spoke with the photographer about her work with the female form, and the fine line between sensuality and pornography.
Barlinckhoff’s obsession with the female form is something she feels deeply within herself. The solid bonds built among women often results in a strong sense of trust:
“I enjoy pushing the boundaries. This is easier to do with women because you can build an emotional bond; you understand each other better. If I don’t have trust, then I don’t have an image.”
Beyond this level of trust, she also adores the endless variety of women’s shapes, colors, and sizes. Every woman is welcome to partake in her shoots—”Women have more forms,” in her words. Throughout her work, she tries to celebrate the diversity of women’s body types.
Contrast is a key theme in her work, ranging from textures to locations. In some images, her use of contrast hints at the subject of race, although she doesn’t consciously touch on the subject:
“I am opinionated, but I don’t busy myself with politics. When I was in South Africa, I didn’t consciously choose to express a racial message, but the images are potentially a subconscious reflection of my surroundings at that moment.”
Her photographs are first and foremost focused on love and the female form, rather than a political message. However, although Barlinckhoff abstains from attempting to instigate political uproar, it is vital that her images portray women in a powerful manner and trigger an emotional effect on the viewer’s state of being:
“I capture women in a distinct fashion, with emotion and an element of love, but it doesn’t matter what you feel, as long as there’s friction between the image and your interpretation of it.”
Naturally, a variety of emotions are evoked, as each individual focuses on a different aspect of the photograph and questions what message she is trying to voice: political, racial, sensual or something completely different.
Barlinckhoff successfully avoids producing vulgar images by gracefully straddling the fine line between seduction and innocence:
“A model with big breasts is easily seen as a sex symbol, which is a shame. By adding a playful element to the image, like my feet, the innocence returns. I like removing objects from their normal context and placing them elsewhere, like having a model pose with a pineapple on her butt.”
Through her photography, Barlinckhoff sheds a new light on the documentation of the female body, while allowing the viewer to explore their own set of boundaries on this topic.
May Putman Cramer
Managing Editor of New Dutch Photography Talent
Editors’ Note: Anne Barlinckhoff’s motto in life is “You won’t know until you try.” This is applicable to many situations—for example, the latest edition of New Dutch Photography Talent is now open for entries! You can find out more on the publication’s website. We encourage you to apply!
New Dutch Photography Talent is an initiative from GUP magazine, an authoritative international publication on photography.