EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHY CONTENDER: JENNIFER KESTELYN

Since childhood, artist Jennifer Kestelyn has been drawing and painting constantly; it wasn’t until after graduating from Ghent University with a degree in Political Sciences and completing a six month internship at the Belgian embassy in Nairobi that she discovered a passion for photography. Her series Marianismo takes its title from a phenomenon in Latin America in which women were either ‘saints or whores’ and explores the female gender role in this part of the world. 

The photographer writes in her artist’s statement: “The ideal woman is seen as modest, virtuous, and sexually abstinent until marriage. By portraying myself in timeless environments I want to emphasize that despite there being a universal agreement on what a ‘real woman’ is like and how she should act- this is a constructed identity. The fact that my pictures are staged demonstrates that I wanted to deconstruct the image of the ideal woman. Also, I want to denounce the rather 'machismo' culture of Urban Exploring (i.e mainly men roaming in packs in abandoned buildings) since I made these these images myself, wandering alone during the nighttime in abandoned places”. 

The photographer writes in her artist’s statement: “The ideal woman is seen as modest, virtuous, and sexually abstinent until marriage. By portraying myself in timeless environments I want to emphasize that despite there being a universal agreement on what a ‘real woman’ is like and how she should act- this is a constructed identity. The fact that my pictures are staged demonstrates that I wanted to deconstruct the image of the ideal woman. Also, I want to denounce the rather 'machismo' culture of Urban Exploring (i.e mainly men roaming in packs in abandoned buildings) since I made these these images myself, wandering alone during the nighttime in abandoned places”. 

All images © Jennifer Kestelyn Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award. Apply to the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards here. It pays to apply early, as we will be featuring some of our favorite submissions right here and over our social media channels.

All images © Jennifer Kestelyn

Each week, Feature Shoot editors showcase the work of one photographer who has applied to the Emerging Photography Awards in order to highlight the diverse array of applications we receive. This is not an endorsement of the photographer for the award.

Apply to the Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards here. It pays to apply early, as we will be featuring some of our favorite submissions right here and over our social media channels.