TIFA 2023 Fine Art / Nudes

Portrait of My Love Nita Nr 1_Chine Colle Washi Paper With 24K Gold Flakes

  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Nudes
  • Photographer
    Mo Verlaan
  • Agency / Studio
    Studio Mo Verlaan Photography
  • Technical Info
    Mamiya M645/kodak T-max Film Iso400/baryta Forte Paper/scanned/photogravure/chine Colle Washi Paper
  • Photo Date
    March 2022/ Washi Print August 2022

Book of Light comprises a series of (self-)portraits based on a handful of images that are only slightly different. However, they each have a different frequency and express a different piece of the greater narrative. Each portrait has gone through a series of individual manipulations. All were developed in the darkroom, printed on unique old papers, some received additional layers while printing. These were digitized and used for photogravures, then printed on delicate washi papers. The portraits came to express different emotions, different moments, a search within the self and the now.

Mo Verlaan graduated in 2016 from the Foto Academy and continued studying, for a year at Atelier Smedsby in Paris and attended masterclasses in analog photography with Dirk Braeckman and Anders Petersen. Selected for the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Virtual Residency. Recently she was the Overall Winner Single Image with Book of Light at the 19th JM Cameron Award in 2022. The series Undercurrent was Winner of The Photo Award at The Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival 2019 in Kobe. Past 4 years Mo and her wife Anita Voorham have been working on their joint art book As The Magic Hour Shifts.