Annelies Damen (1968), after her studies at the University Nijenrode (BBA), started a promising career in the business world on a high level (sales, marketing and real estate). But there was an inner call: “Photography became my main focus while traveling through Africa for a year from Morocco to South Africa. I decided to change my career and started a study at the Academy of Photography in Amsterdam. I love traveling around the world, especially in Africa. The women on this continent fascinate me: magical, proud, independent as well as sensual. From my first long journey in Africa onwards women became the central theme in my photography.” She combines this with being a member of the board of the family business Damen Shipyards.
In 2006 Damen graduated at the Academy of Photography in Amsterdam. From her studio based in Amsterdam the world is the working field for her autonomous photo projects. Using this medium, Damen has sensitively captured strong female imagery from a myriad of cultures, which connects both to complement their surrounding landscape, creating a sort of sublime interaction in her work. As an artist she demonstrates the symphony between the female form in natural or architectonic settings creating a painterly meeting of shadows, shapes and lines that are steeped in poetic beauty.
Damen’s art has been on display at numerous galleries and art collections both nationally and internationally.