About My African Odyssee series Two decades ago my fascination with Africa began to evolve when I spent 6 months in Gabon working on a project, after my graduation from Nyenrode Business school. The culture, stunning nature and the people with their special wit and humour intrigued me from the very beginning. I returned to this magnificent continent to travel from Morocco to South Africa and was deeply affected by the variety of landscapes and the beauty of the women that I encountered. Since this journey I knew I wanted to become a photographer to depict the independence, pride and sensuality of the African women. With these series I want to pay tribute to the land where my inner journey started and to the special women that came on my path who inspire me with their strength and courage.
About Annelies Damen AnneliesDamen (1968), after her studies at the University Nyenrode (BBA), started a promising career in the business world on a high level (sales, marketing and real estate). But there was an inner call: “Photography became my main focus while traveling through Africa for a year from Morocco to South Africa. I decided to change my career and started a study at the Academy of Photography in Amsterdam. I love traveling around the world, especially in Africa. The women on this continent fascinate me: magical, proud, independent as well as sensual. From my first long journey in Africa onwards women became the central theme in my photography.” In 2006 Damen graduated at the Academy of Photography in Amsterdam. From her studio based in Amsterdam the world is the working field for her autonomous photo projects. Using this medium, Damen has sensitively captured strong female imagery from a myriad of cultures, which connects both to complement their surrounding landscape, creating a sort of sublime interaction in her work. As an artist she demonstrates the symphony between the female form in natural or architectonic settings creating a painterly meeting of shadows, shapes and lines that are steeped in poetic beauty. Damen’s art has been on display at numerous galleries and art collections both nationally and internationally. Damen latest series is named Lost in Time. She is currently working on a series and a book featuring the colourful people and landscape of her favourite island Lamu, Kenya.