“I always have felt different. As a child I was already drawn to darkness, weird stuff  and emotions most people rather hide. I never understood why people could be so ‘light and happy’ with all that was going on in the world.

I remember a teacher on primary school who was dressed in super short latex outfits. Later I learned that a lot of people thought it was super inappropriate, while I always thought she was the best dressed teacher ever. Maybe this was already an early hint towards my fascination for unconventional lifestyles and ‘underdogs’.

When I was sixteen, I started to write poems and two years later started in the dark room with analogue photography to express myself and the emotions I felt.

My ten years’ experience in journalism, editorial design, publishing and content marketing proves to be very useful when it comes to my biggest passion: creating stories with people who dare to be different, breaking taboos and see the beauty in the unusual. Photography makes me able to embrace and express my otherness fully”

Annelies Kietselaer