Beauty in imperfection

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Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene finds beauty in imperfection

Dutch photographer Hellen van Meene has been working over the last 20 years to capture a defining moment in every person’s life.

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Her series of portraits of young people on the cusp of adulthood finds beauty in the complexity and fragility of growing up. Reminiscent of seventeenth century Dutch painting styles, the portraits — set against simple and quite familiar backdrops (inside homes and what appear to be back gardens) — are both eerie and whimsical.

Over 250 of van Meene’s photos, the largest showcase to date, have been curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Martin Barnes in a book titled The Years Shall Run Like Rabbits and her new exhibition at the Fotomuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands runs August 29 through November 29 2015.

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