Hanna Jansen (b. 1992) is a Dutch fine art photographer and blogger. Growing up in a creative household she developed a passion for imagery early on in her life. At the age of 15 she started experimenting with photography and in 2014 she graduated from the Fine Art Photography department of ArtEZ University of the Arts in Enschede, The Netherlands. Throughout her years at the academy she developed a distinct personal style and line of focus.
All her work originates from the fascination she has for the human condition, particularly within the context of modern-day, Western society. Hanna uses photography as her primary medium due to the absolute visual familiarity that accompanies it. The camera presents us with the same visual world that we perceive through our own eyes, which she finds is what makes us feel close to photographic work. We feel part of what we’re seeing; an accomplice to the situation, granting photography the power to be so confronting.
As an artist, Hanna describes having a somewhat conflicting relationship with aesthetics. Visual appeal is always a big part of her work, but she emphasizes that she wants her work to be more than just visually appealing. In her photography she often emphasizes the vulnerable nature of the human figure and she reflects on a variety of universal human experiences such as growing up and forming relationships. She aims for her work to be suggestive rather than dictating the context of the work to the viewer. This way the viewer is partially left to his/her own associations, which contributes to the personal nature of the work.
When it comes to the production of Hanna’s photographs, nothing is left to chance. She works within a professional studio environment and puts a lot of emphasis on the technical execution of her work. As a consequence, her photographs encourage serious observation. Furthermore, this process helps to realize her vision, as she regularly references the commercial visual culture we’ve all become accustomed to. Within this visual environment, in contrast to the imagery we’re so used to seeing, she makes room for the imperfect human beings that we all are. The result is photography that provokes the viewer to think about the place humanity has within our Western society.
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