Award-winning Annabel Oosteweeghel (1969) was born in Bussum, The Netherlands. She’s been featured in various international publications (New York Times Magazine, Elle and Marie Claire among others) and worked for famous clients. She keeps on exhibiting her work anywhere in the world.
L. Hi Annabel, what does interest you the most in photography?
A. What I like most in photography is the storytelling part. In my work, I like to combine a realistic documentary story in staging photography. To create a story which is based on reality and which is believable. But what brings you into a different world than the everyday. The photos look like a still from a movie and suggest we look at our past. I like to photograph the memories, not the past. And reintroduce the beauty of the mystery. The power of the secret.
L. Did anyone or something inspire you in order to create your own style?
A. My main influences are photographers like Joel Sternfeld, Mitch Epstein, Larry Sultan and Eliot Elisofon. I studied audio-visuals arts, so movies inspired me a lot during my education to tell stories.