Minimal differences in our facial muscles create various and interesting stories every minute of the day. You'll only see these stories when you pay attention and look carefully.
Unfortunately, our 'social media culture' has led to a weakened attention span. The overload of 'content' and carefully polished and dressed images, forces us to scan in stead of look. On-, and offline. Just to keep up.
Minimal portrait photography not only stands out, it's also more honest, real and in greater capability of making valuable connections.
"For me, a powerful portrait is an image that captures the facial muscles in such a way that a face tells an interesting and real story. A story you can identify with, and ultimately has the power to move you. You don't need a lot of fuss for that, on the contrary."
At the studio of vanGilst you'll get full attention, time and the capacity to be yourself without (her) judgement.
Photographer Karen van Gilst (NL, 1987) works for a variation of musicians, MKB en cultural organisations.
For example: Het Prinses Christina Concours, Consensus Vocalis, International Vocal Competition, Concourswijzer.nl, Jazz at the Vic, Bird Rotterdam, de RET, het Ministerie voor Infrastructuur en Milieu, Gemeente Rotterdam.
"Discover the city thru the ears of local musicians."
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Get musical inspiration form Dutch jazz musicians.
"Thisbi-weekly live Jazz platform was established in 2014 in collaboration with Maarten Hogenhuis and support of the CvA. 2 years later I saw some of Karen’s work online and immediately contacted her. Once we met it was clear she was the right person to join forces with. Besides her portrait work and sensitive “eye through the lens” Karen is most pleasant to work with. We have now been working together since the beginning of 2016. Karen added a complete new dimension to our concept. Her personal interest in the persons she is shooting and their occupation is remarkable and adds a unique quality to her work. The musicians feel completely “at home” with Karen and she adopts to work with even the most eccentric in the business. Jazz at the Vic today, has a professional and refined international face, “look & feel” which could have only been achieved thanks to Karen’s work. I look forward to collaborating with Karen on many more future projects!" - Eran Harash - Jazz at the Vic (Park Plaza Victoria Hotel Amsterdam)
"From the first contact it was nice to work with Karen. I could choose from a couple of concepts and locations for the shoot, which itself was also very relaxed. The result is fantastic and I'd love to work with her again." - Rein Godefroy (pianist)
"Karen is able to catch integrity and vulnerability in her portraits. Her minimalistic black and white signature is sincere and recognizable and gives every photo a story. Working with Karen is exactly what here photo's radiate: peace, honesty, and adventure. An open-minded photographer who clearly propagates her story in her own way. - Kika Sprangers (saxophonist)