Outofdarkness ©irisduvekot 22apr2018 0098

“As a photographer but also just as a person, I’ve always been drawn to people’s emotions. Seven years ago I didn’t call myself a photographer, but a psychologist. I had just finished my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam and one day I traded my Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for a camera. For this exhibition I wanted to create a personal and free interpretation of mental health. Naked we are when we come to this world. As we grow we also get hit by life. We put on layers of all sorts. Layers of protection, layers of behaviour, layers of beliefs. At times, some of those layers don’t fit the world or ourselves. We need to get rid of the layers and adapt or accept. This often happens in the dark.”
Photographer: Iris Duvekot