Paul Bellaart: Last Year’s Nest
Distanz Verlag, 2020
Paul Bellaart’s (b. Leiden, Netherlands; lives and works in Amsterdam) photographs captivate the eye with their narrative force and are much more than commercial work. Coincidence is a key source of inspiration for Bellaart’s fashion and portrait photographs, lending his work a distinctive quality that has caught the attention of renowned media and brands including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Burberry, Hermès, and Universal Music. In his new project, titled Last Year’s Nest, Bellaart, a master of black-and-white photography, now strikes a more delicate note, presenting a series of still lifes and nudes. The protagonists might be characters in a Sofia Coppola movie: strong individuals who are not afraid to show their vulnerability and who, in Bellaart’s abstract black-and-white shots, roam lush summer landscapes.