Hendrik Kerstens uses his daughter as his model, immortalizing her, picturing her in relation to events in her own life as well as projecting onto her his fascination with the Dutch Master painters of the seventeenth century. His ‘Paula Pictures’, one of which won the PANL Award in 2001, are reminiscent of Vermeer's painting.
The austerity and clarity of the photographs, coupled with the serenity of the subject and the characteristic ‘dutch’ light all combine to create striking, beautiful and haunting works of art. Kerstens won second prize in the 2008 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for his iconic work ‘Bag’ which is shown at the National Portrait Gallery. Born in the Hague in 1956, he is a self taught photographer whose work has been exhibited in over 40 exhibitions across Europe and the United States.