Jadis & Naguère


One of the first bodies of work I created after leaving Belgium and moving to California.  

"Jadis et Naguère" are two beautiful French words practically meaning the same, referring to the past, to bygone days. 

In Los Angeles, the eager confrontation with a new world was exciting, thrilling, devouring and hard at the same time.  Being nostalgic, at times, I had a need to hold onto who I had been in Europe, to what I had always known but now less depending on that past, adjusting and finding a balance and a new path in Los Angeles that has become my adopted home.  


I realized I was seeking a sensibility that was inherent to the old Europe, inherent to everything that had shaped my personality, from being a teenager to becoming an adult. 


The challenge with this series of portraits was not to only translate these feelings, but also to give expression by finding woman, living in the US, symbolizing my "becoming-of-age" in 2 different worlds.   These portraits reflect what I have been influenced and guided by.   Therefore, in a way, they are portraits of my state of mind and are closest to my personality.


Photographs printed on Canson's Archival Rag Fine Art mat paper. Edition 1/10.  


woman, portrait, vintage, looking down, flower, bangs, black hair, caucasian, hand, toned color, retro, natural light, fine eyebrows, soft focus, window light, portrait photography, fine art, kimono, by Iris Debelder, LA

Flower Girl 

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portrait, motion, couch, vintage, woman, 20's style, black hair, vintage, dreamy, poetic, caucasian, dress, woman moving, toned color, retro, inside location, window light, portrait photography, fine art, LA, by Iris Debelder

Moving From Within

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portrait, woman, woman in her 30's, caucasian, soft focus, toned color, lounging, couch, looking into camera, high vantage point, sensual, poetic, dress, legs showing, window, window light, interior, fine art, LA

Last Night - With thanks to The Culver Hotel, Culver City

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eyes closed, black hair, woman, vintage, portrait, bangs, 20's style, toned color, peaceful, in thoughts, caucasian, retro, shallow dof, natural light, inside location, window light, portrait photography, fine art, LA

Silence

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Veil, portrait, toned color, woman, vintage, classic, color, black hair, mysterious, caucasian, natural light, looking straight into camera, retro, inside location, window light, bra, bangs, portrait photography, fine art, LA

Veil

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pensive, in thoughts, portrait, woman, vintage, bangs, 20's style, caucasian, toned color, black hair, looking sideways, retro, inside location, window light, portrait photography, fine art, by Iris Debelder, LA

In Thoughts

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woman, portrait, looking down, caucasian, woman in her 30's, long hair, blond, motion, soft focus, poetic, dreamy, shallow dof, toned color, inside location, window light, fine art, portrait photography, LA, by Iris Debelder

Parts of Me

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woman, portrait, motion, soft focus, kimono, blond hair, caucasian, woman in her 30's, soft, poetic, dreamy, toned color, window light, inside location, portrait photography, fine art, LA, by Iris Debelder

Lightness of Being

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woman, portrait, motion, soft focus, blond hair, caucasian, woman in her 30's, poetic, dreamy, shallow dof, naked shoulder, toned color, window light, inside location, portrait photography, fine art, LA, by Iris Debelder

If I'm There

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woman, vintage, caucasian, portrait, black hair, toned color, looking down, eyelashes, 20's style, retro, closeup, fine eyebrows, inside location, window light, portrait photography, fine art, by Iris Debelder, LA

One Fine Day

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woman, caucasian, woman in her 50's, looking sideways, portrait, dreamy, poetic, shadow, toned color, shallow dof, tungsten light, inside location, movie projection, movie scene, low key, fine art, by Iris Debelder

Mrs Robinson

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woman, portrait, toned color, eyes closed, caucasian, woman in her 50's, soft focus, dreamy, poetic, short hair, tungsten light, inside location, movie projection, movie scene, fine art, low key, belgium, by Iris Debelder

Eyes Wide Shut

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portrait, woman, age 30's, caucasian, toned color, looking sideways, motion, woman moving, vintage, poetic, moody, dress,  window light, mixed lighting, Culver hotel, fine art, surreal, long exposure, by Iris Debelder, LA

The World Out There

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woman, portrait, Japanese, woman in her 30's, long hair, black hair,  unusual crop, cropped head, toned color, shallow dof, asian, window light, portrait photography, fine art, LA, by Iris Debelder

Another Day

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portrait, motion, caucasian, woman, flowers, painting, dress, dreamy, poetic, 20's style, black hair, toned color, shallow dof, inside location, window light, portrait photography, fine art, vintage, LA, by Iris Debelder

The Painting

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poetic, moody, asian, Korean, woman, portrait, looking down, white dress, shadow, outside location, daylight, black background, woman in her 30's, portrait photography, fine art, Los Angeles, LA, full body, by Iris Debelder

Into Shadows

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kimono, portrait, motion, woman, motion, black hair, asian, toned color, low key, inside location, window light, woman in her 30's, poetic, moody, Japanese, portrait photography, fine art, LA, by Iris Debelder

Essence

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