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Lou-Lou van Staaveren (1990, Aalsmeer) is a Dutch photographer based in Amsterdam.

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Bunsenstraat 6-1
1098 RL Amsterdam
The Netherlands

+31 6 26264534
loux2vs@gmail.com

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Education

2021
BA Photography, Royal Academy of Arts (KABK), The Hague
2015
BA Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam
Selected clients

Fou Fow Udon
De Correspondent
Mister Motley
Bonne Suits
Ecco Leather
Shows

2021
Sprouts Young Talent 2021, SBK Gallery, Amsterdam
2021
Call For Graduates, Public Space, Den Haag
2021
Graduation show, KABK, The Hague
2020
Kifl the Kid Salon, Billytown, The Hague
2020
Mother Tongue, Grey Space, The Hague
2018
Rice and Beans, Medium Gallery, Bratislava
Colophon

Typefaces Keroïne Doux Extreme and Suisse Int’l


Website by Vera van de Seyp

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Index
Pleasant Place (the book)
2021
Reproductive organs
2021
Pleasant Place
2021
GARDENS: physical, visual, and imaginary (thesis)
2021
Visual Instructions
2020
Balcony (First Wave)
2020
Natural Beekeeping
2020
Tablecloths
2019
Aalsmeer Plot Project
2019
Haystacks
2019
Hortifair
2018
Expert
2018
15 million years below sea level
2018
Essetakkesterfte
2018
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BA Photography Graduation Project. 

The garden is not far from my home. It is green and colorful, enclosed by tall hedges of yew and hornbeam. The garden is enormous, but it’s clever design with many different garden rooms makes it feel cozy and intimate. There’s a pond with water lilies, a greenhouse, a flower covered hill, a vegetable plot, a shed with tools and a cat, a little forest, a maze, an orchard and much more. No place is better for playing hide and seek, for casual strolls, for contemplation.

Gardening and photography go very well together. In essence, the two are surprisingly similar. Both the gardener and the photographer slide along the same scale of control, with observation on one end and intervention on the other. Both construct new realities – paradises or utopias if you will – the gardener using landscape and the photographer using images.

Pleasant Place is the English translation of Locus Amoenus: a literary concept describing an idealized natural retreat inspired by the Garden of Eden and Elysium. This remote garden hide-out functions as a landscape of the mind, serves to highlight the difference between urban and rural life and is a place of refuge from the processes of time and mortality. Welcome to my pleasant place.

 

2021 ongoing
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realness: 3 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 4 / 5
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animals
flower
food
gate
plants
self-initiated
series
sky
tool
tree
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Graphic design by Guus Kaandorp

Shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award '22

24cm x 32,5cm 
71 pages
digital print
hardcover
edition of 50

SOLD OUT

– Project description – 
The garden is not far from my home. It is green and colorful, enclosed by tall hedges of yew and hornbeam. The garden is enormous, but it’s clever design with many different garden rooms makes it feel cozy and intimate. There’s a pond with water lilies, a greenhouse, a flower covered hill, a vegetable plot, a shed with tools and a cat, a little forest, a maze, an orchard and much more. No place is better for playing hide and seek, for casual strolls, for contemplation.

Gardening and photography go very well together. In essence, the two are surprisingly similar. Both the gardener and the photographer slide along the same scale of control, with observation on one end and intervention on the other. Both construct new realities – paradises or utopias if you will – the gardener using landscape and the photographer using images.

Pleasant Place is the English translation of Locus Amoenus: a literary concept describing an idealized natural retreat inspired by the Garden of Eden and Elysium. This remote garden hide-out functions as a landscape of the mind, serves to highlight the difference between urban and rural life and is a place of refuge from the processes of time and mortality. Welcome to my pleasant place.

 

2021
Client
Scales

realness: 2 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 3 / 5
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animals
clouds
flower
fun
garden
gate
hedge
landscape
leaf
patterns
plant
plants
self-initiated
series
sky
sun
tree
view
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BA Photography thesis

Graphic design by Eva van Bemmelen
Edition of 35
SOLD OUT

– Abstract –

As the title suggests, this thesis is about gardens. It is about different kinds of gardens: physical gardens, gardens in visual arts and imaginary gardens.

My research started in the summer of 2020 when I read the following quote in The Well Gardened Mind: Rediscovering Nature in the Modern World by psychiatrist Sue Stuart-Smith: “All gardens exist on two levels: on the one hand there’s the real, physical garden and on the other there’s the garden of our imagination.”[1]  I am fascinated by both gardens ­– the physical as well as the imaginary – and explore my relationship to both in this thesis.

I have divided my research and this text into two autonomous parts – simply called Part One and Part Two – because of the different natures of my research. The first part is more dry, factual and informative while the latter is a very personal account.
Part One consists of two chapters. The first chapter is rather general: it looks at the etymology as well as at the definition of the concept ‘garden’ and takes us through the history of Western European garden culture. Starting with the origin of gardens some 12.000 years ago we swiftly travel through gardens in the Antiquities, Medieval sober gardens, harmonious Renaissance gardens, rigid and formal Baroque gardens, painterly romantic gardens in the Romantic era, Modernist cozy gardens and end in our contemporary democratic backyards. The second chapter zooms in on gardens and visual arts. It starts with a visual break – which is to be enjoyed in the visual appendix – and moves on to analyzing the practices of the following four gardener-artists: Claude Monet, Edward Steichen, Derek Jarman and Elspeth Diederix. A brief chapter dedicated to the relationship between the photographic medium and the garden concludes Part One.
Part Two is about my personal relationship with gardens and gardening. The first subchapter explains that, to me, gardening is both spiritual and political. It is spiritual because it helps me to connect to both the physical and non-physical, it is meditative and magical. At the same time gardening is political. Producing your own fruit and veg is an anti-capitalist act, a hopeful investment in the future, and challenges our capitalist notion of time. The second subchapter introduces the concept of ‘imaginary garden’ and describes its place in my photography practice. It concludes with a comparison between the gardener and the photographer, whose work – in essence – is surprisingly similar.

 

 

2021
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Portraits of twenty of the most common bees in the Amsterdam region. Still lifes of the attributes of natural bee-keepers. 

Collaboration with The Natural History Museum Rotterdam and Wellbeeing. 

2020
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realness: 5 / 5
autonomy: 1 / 5
living: 5 / 5
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Experimental and playful project documenting the transformation of my parents garden in Aalsmeer. 

@aalsmeerplotproject

2019 ongoing
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realness: 5 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 5 / 5
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animals
clouds
dirt
dog
flower
food
fun
gate
lawnmower
oma
people
plant
self-initiated
series
sky
tent
tree
view
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realness: 5 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 2 / 5
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leaf
patterns
plant
view
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realness: 0 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 0 / 5
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self-initiated
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realness: 5 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 0 / 5
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car
clouds
curtains
grey
rain
self-initiated
series
sky
sun
tent
tree
view
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realness: 5 / 5
autonomy: 0 / 5
living: 3 / 5
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My (great) grandmothers hand-embroidered tablecloths. 

2019
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realness: 4 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 0 / 5
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Visual Instructions for DIY Udon Noodle kit. 

2020
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realness: 5 / 5
autonomy: 0 / 5
living: 3 / 5
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realness: 4 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
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realness: 2 / 5
autonomy: 5 / 5
living: 2 / 5
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self-initiated
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realness: 3 / 5
autonomy: 3 / 5
living: 3 / 5
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