On a Saturday night, I was scrolling through an endless stream of photos of people who had already achieved what I once wanted to achieve. And although I was not unhappy with myself and my life before I picked up my phone, I did feel unhappy afterwards. I, too, want to be exceptional, special. Just like everyone else.
In the series ‘You are not special’ I search for a balance in the contrast of ordinary and extraordinary. In a world with a constant flow of images, our thinking pattern is constantly influenced. We are encouraged to always want more.
But can you still be ordinary at a time when everyone wants to be special? And if everyone is special, can anyone actually be special?
Credits from left to right: Image 1 - Fashion design: Hilde Strijdveen Model: Osas Aghaku Muah: Minou Meijers Image 2 - Model: Brit Rooswinkel Image 3 - Model: Baukje Bies Image 4 - Fashion design: Hilde Strijdveen Model: Osas Aghaku Muah: Minou Meijers Image 5 - Jelle van der Waals Image 6 - Model: Anne-Martha Blok Styling: Natasja Rijkhoff Image 7 - Model: Yasmin Reijnders Image 8 - Model: Jelle van der Waa;s Image 9 - Fashion design: Hilde Strijdveen Model: Livai Lopu Muah: Minou Meijers