Nesting at home all day to escape the cold Reykjavík winter (not used to it yet)
I love my niece so much. She’s a bright 7 year old little girl who gives very wise advices on all sort of topics. I was 19 when she was born. It’s interesting contempleting on how my view on life, people, and myself has changed since then.
We kinda grew up together in a way. I am seeing my evolution through her eyes. When she was born I didn’t really like myself, was a bit insecure and didn’t felt ready to already be an aunt. Today, she sees me as ‘the fun aunt who is always travelling and encourages her creativity’. I kinda like that…
PHOTOGRAPHY OF AFRICA:
Viviane Sassen studied fashion design and photography before earning an MFA from Ateliers Arnhem. Having spent three years of her early childhood in a remote village in Kenya, her work is influence by the young memories of her first home.
"Bright sunlight, dark shadows, the market with dead sheep hanging upside down with their tongues out, the other children who always wanted to touch my face and hair, the pure darkness that fell on the village at night."
At 16 Sassen returned to to Kenya for a visit and despite her comings and goings, she keeps being drawn back to a place where she feels familiarity with, but can not deny that her presence will always be a foreign one. However, she harnesses her mix of nostalgia and talent to produce images that provide an enjoyable contrast of light and dark.
'Dear self, i beg you;
If you have a story to tell, write it down, film it, photograph it, make music for it or out of it. don’t worry about talent, or wait for inspiration.’
Très belle journée d’automne au Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil en compagnie de Cécile, Nabil, Jimmy et Melinda.