Kristin Sjaarda has been a photographer for 25 years in the fine arts and commercial and editorial fields, lately specializing in interior photography. Recently turning to her dutch roots she has created a series of dark still life images inspired by the 17th century paintings of the dutch masters and the variable light of her studio window. As an avid gardener, the flowers growing right outside that very window are often featured in the images. Each photograph is custom printed on archival (cotton-fibre, acid-free) Hot Press Matte photo paper. Kristin Sjaarda lives in Toronto, Canada with her photographer husband and their three boys.
The Flower Series
Kristin Sjaarda's photos are always shot in the context of home and life, namely her kitchen and garden. Her subjects are often the flowers she tends in her city garden: the dahlias, roses, zinnias, magnolia, tulips and spurge she watches bloom from her kitchen window. Kristin often uses in the photos items from generations of dutch women in her family that have been passed down to her from her mother. She only uses the window light in her kitchen, where the breakfast dishes may be piled in the sink, and a morning of domestic chores awaits her. Perhaps in this way art and life are seamless and integrated.