Hellen Van Meene: Untitled. Design by Hellen van Meene and Bureau Gras. Gabrius Edizione, Milan, 2000. 68 pp. Quarto. First edition. Clothbound with photo-illustrated belly band (partial dust jacket). 30 color reproductions.
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Excerpt from an interview with Jörg Colberg on his always excellent blog, Conscientious
Jörg Colberg: You work a lot with adolescents. What is your motivation for this? Is taking portraits of adolescents different from taking portraits of adults?
Hellen van Meene: When you work with young people, you notice they're open and so flexible. It's so different from working with adults or with elderly people. A young person is so open and so fresh, you can guide them much more than adults.
If you're taking portraits of someone in their forties, you find they really know what they want, so it's more difficult to pry them open, to get into their soul, to really get a feel of the person. It's more difficult because they already know what they want from life, they already have experienced things, either positive or negative; and that results in a different outcome.
I still feel more related to younger people, even though I am 35 years old now. I guess you could say I'm approaching my forties, but I still feel closer to young people. I like them, I like how for them everything is still open: whatever they can become in life. It's very interesting; it always inspires me so much. They are the generation that I feel responsible for, to guide them and to take good photographs, so that they will not be insecure about themselves. I can help them being proud of the photo we have taken together - and that means that when they are older, they will be able to say "Wow! Look how I was when I was so young!"