Brooklyn Bridge Plaza - New York, USA
Please note: this event has already taken place
Melkweg Expo goes New York! At the 8th edition of Photoville New York, under the iconic Brooklyn bridge, we present Harmen Meinsma and his series ‘The Last Season I & II’, existing out of two projects in which Harmen wanders the streets looking for extraordinary personalities that will pose for him. He usually focuses on people with a flamboyant character and who enjoy being in the spotlight. Throughout his images he likes to exaggerate with the use of styling, various locations and glamorous lighting. It’s a celebration of growing older, cultural diversity, being different and not being afraid to stand out of the crowd.
Once Harmen finds his subjects and builds a mutual trust with them, he then plans a production with a team of stylists to give these people the star treatment. The first project is shot on the campsite in Hoek van Holland, where every year a few hundred Dutch people come together to celebrate the summer months. The second project has Rotterdam as backdrop, where Harmen shows the cultural diversity of its inhabitants.
Where our society is all about being young and vital, Harmen picks out older models and gives them the glamour and attention they deserve. It’s his mission to put these personalities on a pedestal with the use of his camera and creative team.
Harmen Meinsma (b. 1991) started his photographic career in Balk, a village in the north of Holland. In his teenage years, being gay in a small town was very isolating for him. Harmen mostly spent his time building decors in his bedroom and taking photographs of himself and his friends. His photography thus became a positive escape. Over the years Harmen’s work further developed towards the photographic career he has today. His practice has moved from a focus on self-portraits towards a fascination for the eccentric and free spirits of this world. Through his work, the photographer gives the unconventional subjects of society the spotlight they deserve. Harmen is not interested in capturing reality but does become inspired by what he discovers in real life. He forms this reality towards his own imagination with his subjects as the main characters. The framework of fashion allows Harmen to create a fantasy world filled with color and costumes. The photographer’s drive to make images comes from a sense of empowerment and a celebration of being different. Harmen treats his subjects with tremendous love and respect: an aspect that is visible in every image he produces.
Presented by Melkweg Expo and United Photo Industries with support by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
Melkweg Expo is an exhibition space for contemporary photography and a platform for young artists, located in the heart of Amsterdam. While our main focus lays on photography that explores identity, our society or pop culture in in the broadest sense, we occasionally welcome other forms of visual art as well.