Nienke Wind X Damaged Interview
Damaged: Where are you originally from and where do you currently live?
Nienke Wind: I'm originally from a small town in the Netherlands called Groningen, right now I live in Amsterdam.
Damaged: When did you start getting serious about taking pictures?
Nienke: I have been a photographer for a couple of years, I have worked a lot for fashion magazines and advertising agencies. Since a 2 years I'm making more free work for example ' Sleeping beauty'
Damaged: How would you describe your personal aesthetic?
Nienke: I studied Photography on the Royal Academy of Arts in Groningen, The Netherlands.My personal aesthetic is a blend between fashion photography, the aesthetic part, and the raw, imperfect side of the autonomous photography. I love imperfection, it's my signature, nothing in life is perfect. That's why ' Sleeping Beauty' fits perfect with my thoughts about photography en aesthetics in general.
Damaged: What are your main influences?
Nienke: My main influences on my work are those who want to convey a message with their work. a deeper layer, a message to the people, a thought. My greatest inspiration for example is Nan Golden, she makes raw impressions of the life surrounding her, it's a touch of fashion, a touch of life. I love it, it touches me. I love photos that hit me right away.
Damaged: In terms of music, who are you listening to at the moment?
Nienke: Music inspires me to create some new work. Music is emotions. My work is all about emotions. I am listening to Bonobo at the moment.
Damaged: What was your inspiration for "Sleeping Beauty"?
Nienke: Central to these pictures are aspects such as: the dream, the unknown, aesthetics versus imperfection, rest and unrest.'Behind every beauty is a true story'
The feeling of emptiness in the society in which we live now is central to this work, which is also close to my feeling about society and its emptiness. I often see people who are overwhelming, over tired and empty, all expectations that have to be met are too busy and so too busy. By this feeling one becomes confused in which rest and desire for the past, the romance, is central. Reality versus the dream.In the twins I try to put this feeling down for the viewer, the images together tell a story that is interpretable for every viewer but clearly makes this sense.
The state of being human and the feeling associated with it are central to every single one. 'Sleeping' because of the state of mind and because of the pressure of society and life and the feeling you can not be in the 'here and now', your a dreamer. 'Beauty' because of the romance and desires of earlier. In the past everything was better.
What’s your damage?
Nienke: I think 'sleeping beauty' is a perfect example of my damage. The feeling of emptiness in this society in which we live now is central to this work. I sometimes feel damaged by this feeling of emptiness. We are all becoming ' sleeping beauty's, we all do have a story behind our beauty, we often forget that because of the rat race of society which makes us empty and confused.