Scarlett Hooft Graafland‘s photography directly addresses one of the most discussed topics in the photographic field, namely the sense of paradoxical transience and permanence of the visual language proposed by the complex world of images. The artist has affirmed that, through her photography, she “creates her own landscapes”, offering the public monumental, almost surreal and at the same time natural settings, making them her own through the addition of figures and colors.
From the barren salt desert of Bolivia to the isolated island of Madagascar, Graafland is attracted by places so stunning in their size that they seem, as she herself says, photo-shopped. Her images become “realistically surrealist” thanks to the help of the people she meets during her travels, inviting them to help her create her works of art. Her work is both strange and captivating: this is evident in images like Dunes Like You, in which the sculptural composition of the figures wrapped in fuchsia scarves recalls the size of the dunes in the background, which contrasts with the vibrant and artificial color. The sculptural formation Scarlett Hooft Graafland is also in her photography and in the way she plays with form and perspective to obtain a truly unique image.