Kendra Cox

The “Dutch Masters” Series

Ever since my teenage years I have been interested in art, classical more than modern (except for Escher and Mondrian), and have seized every opportunity when traveling to world capitals, to visit their national galleries.  Like most people, my tastes have evolved.  For the longest time, for example, I would gravitate towards the galleries’ Impressionists paintings.  In the last decade or so, though, it is the early Dutch Masters, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Hendrick Terbrugghen which capture my time and attention.

I am drawn inevitably to try to make and edit photographs that might represent the works of an artist from that time period (roughly 1500-1700).  Of course, the photographic medium produces much sharper works than an artist’s paint brush could depict (excluding Photo Realism paintings).  However, I can still strive to duplicate the mix of colour and shadow which so marks the works of those those Dutch Masters.

In the following images, Kendra is depicting an imaginary young married lady from that time period, Elsje de Graff, living in Leiden in the year 1628.  She is married to an important and wealthy merchant and dresses appropriately for her station.

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K21-S5318 – Elsji de Graff, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5328 – Elsji de Graff, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
K21-S5539 - Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 - Derek Chambers
K21-S5539 – Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5608 – Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5802 – Derek Chambers

The Cabaret Series

In this series of images, I imagine the interior of a smoky cabaret, in Berlin circa 1930.  The model, Kendra, appears in various roles.  Smoky black and white images provide the atmosphere.  Who is the girl?  What is her story?  How did her life’s journey bring her to this moment, in time and place?  What will happen to her in the next decade or so?

K19-S4649 - Cigarette Girl - Derek Chambers
K19-S4649 – Cigarette Girl, Berlin Cabaret, Circa 1930 – Derek Chambers
K21-S5364 - Caberet Girl, Berlin, 1930 - Derek Chambers
K21-S5364 – Cabaret Girl, Berlin, 1930 – Derek Chambers

Earlier Portraits

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K9-S6263 – Derek Chambers
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K20-S4816 – There was smoke, but no fire and no mirrors. – Derek Chambers
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K8-D0083 – Derek Chambers
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K8-D0065 – Derek Chambers
S8-D0012 Portraits
K8-D0012 – Derek Chambers
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K7-S2519 – Derek Chambers
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K3-D206 – Derek Chambers
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K3-D095 – Derek Chambers
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K2-D084 – Derek Chambers
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K12-S7534 – Derek Chambers
K11-DCP7333 - Portrait of a Lady - Derek Chambers
K11-DCP7333 – Portrait of a Lady – Derek Chambers
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K15-DCP9761 – Derek Chambers
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K15-DCP9570 – Derek Chambers
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K15-DCP9419 – Derek Chambers
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K15-DCP9383 – Derek Chambers
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K14-DCP9146 – Derek Chambers
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K14-DCP9026 – Derek Chambers
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K14-DCP8559 – Derek Chambers
K19-S4649 - Cigarette Girl - Derek Chambers
K19-S4649 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4624 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4519 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4493 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4483 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4467 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4409 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4286 – Derek Chambers
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K18-DCP2788 – Derek Chambers
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K18-DCP2355 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP2005 – Derek Chambers
K17-DCP1831 A Piratical Look - Derek Chambers
K17-DCP1831 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP1808 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP1786 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP1746 – Derek Chambers
K16-DCP0644 - Flower Child - Derek Chambers
K16-DCP0644 – Flower Child – Derek Chambers
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