co-work © Kim Note - Hilde Stevens - Jeroen Heyrman - Femke den Hollander
Femke den Hollander (°1979, Bruges, Belgium) always has had a great interest in documentary work, both photographs as film. She was already 30 years old when she bought her first camera, a second hand Nikon D90, and a 50mm manual lens. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bruges and participated in several exhibitions in Bruges. She's looking for unknown environments, trying to document the living of people she does not know. Spending time with them, learns her what might get lost in the future when no body documents it. A never ending story. She took part in a few projects on the immaterial heritage of Bruges. In 2015, she started to work as a freelancer, next to her job as a social worker and mother of two.
She did and does work for:
De Republiek Brugge, TURBO Brugge, Knack WE, De Makersrepubliek, J.E.F., CAW Noord-West-Vlaanderen, ARTES, Cinema Lumière, Standaard Uitgeverij and more.
Reviewer feedback about the project 'Waiting for a while':
"Thanks for sharing your portraits series with me. I enjoy viewing them. The refugee issue and the transitions into the new country are heartbreaking. I can feel their pain, struggle, and the need to be accepted wholeheartedly into the new settings and to begin their lives. I appreciate you being a part of the project and to bring out the visuals to the world to see and understand. Image no. 7 is quite special as it reveals more of the emotions and feelings and the desperation of these refugees in the camp waiting to be processed and registered. I like the black and white journalistic approach to your project. I think it's successful".
(Submission Review (Series) - Portrait Awards 2016 - LensCulture)