OVER THE PAST YEARS WE HAVE PUBLISHED MANY EDITORIALS FEATURING THE WORK OF DUTCH PHOTOGRAPHER GERT KIST. WHICH SHOULD ALREADY BE AN INDICATION HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE HIS WORK. NOT EVERYBODY AGREES WITH US THOUGH AND WE HAVE RECEIVED MESSAGES STATING HIS WORK IS UNINSPIRED. WE DARE TO DISAGREE. WE BELIEVE GERT DARES TO BE DIFFERENT. AND HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE.
Leersum is a small town located in the middle of the woody surrounding of the Dutch Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Here, surrounded by the picturesque character of this ancient village, one can find the studio of Pamela Bakhuizen. Pamela only came to photography in 2009, something that, according to her, pretty much happened overnight. Her passion is to find the ‘me’ that ‘you are’ and capture with a photograph that asks for more. Her motto: dare to be different.
Gert Kist has been successful in his photography pretty much from the moment he first picked up his camera. Consciously focussing on his passion of male physique, he has over the year mastered the art into perfection. His style is recognizable. A contemporary form of beefcake featuring a treasure of Dutch and European men, well developed in every sense of the word. It is no wonder that his site Malemodel.nl is so well-visited gallery. There is a dream to be found for everyone. Over the years Gert stayed loyal to his style and his fans and just by doing that he dares to be different.
Like Gert Kist, Pamela Bakhuizen focusses on people. Where Gert’s work possesses a healthy dose or erotic romance, or romantic eroticism, Pamela shows a high level of poetry. Two artists who approach the same theme but in different perspectives. It was only a matter of time for them to join forces. But last year they did and the result is breath-taking, not in the least also due to their subject of choice: Hennie.
Hennie has been working with Gert Kist on and off for five years already. Needless to say he is one of Gert’s favorites and the chemistry they have together clearly shows in their joined ventures. Now photography is kind of a solitary job. You don’t often see two photographers collaborating on one shoot, so if it happens you might want to consider choosing a model you feel hundred percent comfortable with. And vice versa. For Gert and Pamela that model was Hennie. For this particular shoot Pamela Bakhuizen handled the camera and Gert Kist was in charge of scenery and styling. Which explains why we see many characteristic Kist elements. Not only in poses, but also the apparel pieces (where applicable), flower arrangements and homely surrounding. Combined with Pamela’s lyrical approach that transforms her photographs almost in paintings, this series has gotten a very special character that can only make us hope their collaboration won’t stop after this first project. –BM-