Joris van der Ploeg (1989) has launched a new series of works with his latest solo exhibition ‘Forgotten Grace’. As always, the young female is the central theme, which is characteristic for his work. He transforms the ‘usual’ portrait into something new: a version in which the human fades and transcends. This series, shot on Polaroid, is all about movement and softened, strange effects.
“I only photograph young women because I find them absolutely mysterious, pure and intangible.” Van der Ploeg is looking for the most natural form of the model. He approaches his subjects with the uttermost respect and shows the empowerment of these women in their own way. There is no use of make-up and the postures are not staged, which leads to classic and natural compositions. He conveys the essence of these models, which he enlarges and shifts to a higher level.
Van der Ploeg’s work shows a clear line revolving around the same subject, enhanced by the use of analogue photography and his own technique. Inspired by William Turner, Van der Ploeg is looking for the different effects that light may accomplish with the use of analogue film. He is clearly striving for his own vision and has a distinguished style and technique that makes him stand out in the world of photography.
Van der Ploeg is a 2014 graduate student of the Photo Academy of Amsterdam. His work received much attention and has been shown in different international shows, like the International Photo Festival Leiden, during UNSEEN Amsterdam at The Lodge, Vogue Fashion Night Out exhibition in Milan, and SCOPE Basel Miami 2015. He is one of the New Dutch Talents of 2015 in the book New Dutch Photography Talent 2015.