/ 2017 / Fine Art / Collage


'I see moods as images'. In my mind my own moods are often
represented by places or buildings where I have been. I have
visualized this way of thinking through a series of photo collages.
The work presents the merging or juxtaposition of an interior
emotional world and that of the external in architecture and the
The complexity of moods in the photo collages are expressed
through the use of different layers of photographs, which were
shot by me in different parts in the world. The collages represent
themes such as animated desolation, rootedness, inevitability to
our artificiality, serenity and (in)vulnerability.
In the photo collages I want the complexity (and simplicity) of
moods to present themselves. I want to leave it to the feeling of
the viewer what they feel at a particular photo, what mood they
see in a particular photo collage.

Cara Louwman (The Netherlands, 1967) is a contemporary fine art photographer specialized in creating images that tells a story. Inspired by her personal memories and influenced by different cultures, she uses photography as a mean to stage an idea and to present new perspectives on contemporary subjects. Her photographs are characterized by the use of multiple layers. Sometimes literally, like her staged still lifes in her studio. She creates images that are often different from a direct representation of reality.

Awards Cara's photographs have won several awards, including category winner for her series ROOTING at Siena Creative Photo Award 2020, Book Photographer of the Year 2020 for her book ROOTING at MIFA Moscow International Photo Awards, gold and silver for her book ROOTING at PX3 Prix de la Photography Paris 2020, silver for her book ROOTING at Tokyo Foto Awards 2020, gold and first place for her series Wonder Room at TIFA Tokyo International Foto Awards 2019 and silver for her series MOOD at PX3 Prix de la Photography Paris 2018.

Further, her photographs have been exhibited at 'I wonder if you can' in Sienna (2020), Moscow International Foto Awards in Moscow and Simferopol (2020-2021), GUP NEW Dutch Photography Talent in Amsterdam (2020), Atlas of Humanity in Galerie Joseph le Marais in Paris (2019), Anima Mundi Festival during Venice Art Biennale (2019), BredaPhoto Festival (2018), ZomerExpo in Museum de Fundatie (2017) and Kamp Amersfoort (from April 2015 onwards).