Jadis & Naguère


One of the first bodies of work I created after leaving Belgium in 2006 and moving to California.  

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

After moving from Brussels to Los Angeles, my eagerness, enhanced by the confrontation with a new world, created  excitement and thrill but was consuming and hard at the same time.  Being a nostalgic person, I had the need to hold onto who I had been in Europe, to what I had always known.   But I had to learn to depend less on the past, in order for me to adjust, thrive and find 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 to them by finding woman, living in Los Angeles. The images symbolize 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, flower, bangs, black hair, caucasian, hand, toned color, retro, natural light, fine eyebrows, soft focus, window light, portrait photography, fine art, kimono, Iris Debelder, LA, fine art photography

Flower Girl 

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

Moving From Within

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portrait, woman, woman in her 30's, caucasian, soft focus, toned color, lounging, couch, looking into camera, sensual, poetic, dress, window, window light, interior, fine art, LA, Iris Debelder, fine art photography

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, peaceful, in thoughts, caucasian, retro, natural light, indoors, window light, portrait photography, fine art, LA, Iris Debelder, color, personal project

Silence

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Veil, portrait, toned color, woman, vintage, classic, color, black hair, mysterious, caucasian, natural light, retro, indoors, window light, bra, bangs, portrait photography, fine art, LA, Iris Debelder, personal project

Veil

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

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, color, indoors, window light, fine art, portrait photography, LA, 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, 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,  Iris Debelder

If I'm There

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woman, vintage, caucasian, portrait, black hair, color, close-up, eyelashes, 20's style, retro, closeup, fine eyebrows, indoors, window light, portrait photography, fine art, Iris Debelder, LA, personal project

One Fine Day

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

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, color, looking sideways, motion, vintage, poetic, moody, dress,  window light, mixed lighting, Culver hotel, fine art, surreal, long exposure, Iris Debelder, LA, personal project

The World Out There

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

Another Day

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

The Painting

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

Into Shadows

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

Essence

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