EuropeStory80439, Bloody Mary and Sloppy Joe by Vivian Keulards

In 2010, I moved from The Netherlands to Evergreen, Colorado, for three years. My new home environment was very different, confusing, and intriguing at the same time. Of course I grew up with watching American movies, shows, and videoclips.
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Vivian Keulards is a portrait photographer, born and raised in the Netherlands. In 2009 she succesfully graduated at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam.

Her fascination for images and photography started at the KUN University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) where she gained a Master Degree in Communication Science in 1995.

Vivian Keulards is a portrait photographer, born and raised in the Netherlands and currently living in Evergreen (Colorado), where she works on several projects. In 2009 she succesfully graduated at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam.
Her fascination for images and photography started at the KUN University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) where she gained a Master Degree in Communication Science in 1995.
She also participated in inspiring Masterclasses of Carl de Keyzer, Rob Hornstra and more.

Vivian was a Critical Mass finalist (Photolucida) in 2012 and 2013. She was selected for the NEW Dutch Photography Talent book (by the makers of the magazine GUP) in 2012. Her work is part of several collections (like the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston) and her portraits were shown in different group shows in The US. The series ‘80439, Bloody Mary and Sloppy Joe’ have been exhibited in a solo show at CPAC Denver, CO and at the Naarden FotoFestival in 2013.

 80439, Bloody Mary and Sloppy Joe

In 2010, I moved from The Netherlands to Evergreen, Colorado, for three years. My new home environment was very different, confusing, and intriguing at the same time. Of course I grew up with watching American movies, shows, and videoclips. And of course, in real life in the mountains, I sometimes recognized similar places and people from those fiction scenes. In truth it felt like I was living in a constructed reality show – the fiction and the reality confused me. More important, I feared my new life would fade like a dream when I would go back home…that all this would be forgotten.

By turning my fascination for the people and places into images, the dream became a memory. A memory of my foreign life in The Rocky Mountains and a memory of my personal discovery out here. This series is really about me, finding out who I am and how I view things. And trying to understand people and the American culture around me. I felt like an anthropologist trying to comprehend people’s rules, customs, and ways of thinking. By making the images, I was able to feel less alienated, more aware of my emotions. Looking for the moments that touched me. Affected by beauty, loneliness, affection, horror, oddness, or more likely a combination of all. This is my personal view and journal of my life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, area code 80439. [Official Website]

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