Inspired by the painting 'Portrait of Marie Josèphe van Saksen (1731-67), dauphine of France Jean Etienne Liotard was a pastel painter, which demanded I use a specific colour pallet in my translation of this original portrait. In the painting the pale complexion and light hair of Marie Josephe van Saksen stood out to me and influenced my decision to use Anke as a model. Anke has albinism and she stands out in our society with her pale complexion and light hair. This modern twist on the original is what makes it relevant to current society where a lot of emphasis is placed on acceptance. Now more than ever is the time to accept everybody regardless of race, sex or physical appearance.
Justine Tjallinks (born 1984) is an Amsterdam-based Dutch Photographer and Art-Director. After graduating from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute cum laude, she moved on to work as the Art-Director for L’Officiel Magazine. Whilst being responsible for the aesthetics of the magazine, she realized that she wanted to make her own stories and visions towards beauty and esthetics come to life through photography. Justine does not consider herself a photographer by definition, but an image-maker carefully curating elements to communicate a feeling. That the beholder feels is always her main objective. The emotions in her personal works mirror her own experiences and are then translated to a visual metaphor. Viewing her works will give a sense of intimacy between you and the subject. To achieve this, Justine is always searching for that unique face, and widen the horizons in the way we look at and visualize beauty.