This woman is photographed in renaissance or baroque atmosphere. However, this is impossible from a historic time point of view, because a hundred years ago women of any other race than white were minors in renaissance European time. This woman didn’t fit in the extraordinary exclusive renaissance/baroque world. I have pulled away time from it’s structure and I wanted to give this woman a place back in history. I want to show the beauty of diversity, not to provocate, but to connect. I use history to connect in present.
Mariska Karto is a photographer/illustrator born in Suriname (South-America) and raised in Holland She started her artistic photography in 2010 with the urge to express her innerworld. A part of her work is based on her own experiences translated in visuals from dark to bright. Human feeling is the key that inspires her, human development related to spirituality is also an important factor. Her images tells about stories of a world deep within us. They show us a dark world and secret atmospheres, but they also show us a dreamy mood of a tender and soft dreamworld. If everything is too much, if the feeling overflows, a new dimension excists. In this dimension Mariska shoot her visual storytelling images. Mariska is a big fan of magical realism. She takes the term literally, a mixture of realistic photography and digital techniques.