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Isabel Curdes

Featured Photographer

Isabel Curdes

I am an artist living in Denmark. I experiment with different techniques, tools and processes to create a dream world, a place of beauty and mystery that lies just beyond reality. I love to print my work and create hand-made books.


Michéla Griffith

In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.


At some point last year Isabel Curdes popped into my Twitter consciousness; I’m not sure exactly when as I have no recollection of her not being there. A perfectionist in search of atmosphere and ephemera through ‘imperfect’ images and prose and a lover of film.

Isabel is one of six guest speakers announced for the opening weekend of the #Connected2018 Exhibition at Patchings Art Centre on 7-8 April, so perhaps our interview will whet your appetite and encourage you to come along. (more details here)

Would you like to tell readers a little about yourself – your education, early interests and career?

I am an artist, a dreamer, a wanderer and explorer. I live with my partner and our dogs in the middle of Denmark in the countryside.

My educational background and my career for 25 years had nothing to do with photography but was in finance and management for a major international company. I am also a trained coach.

It was only in 2015 that I quit my old job, turned my whole life upside down and started my own little business focusing on my love for photography, writing, painting, bookmaking and mentoring.

How and when did you first become interested in photography? What kind of images did you initially set out to make and how has this changed in recent years?

For many years my main interest in photography was to document vacations and family events. In 2007, after I had a serious burn-out and as part of the healing process, I used my camera to get me out of the house and to help me see the world with fresh eyes. 

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