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The Way Of The Erhu

  • Prize
    Gold in Advertising/Music
  • Photographer
    Cheraine Collette
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A self-portrait, for whenever I pick up my erhu, which is a traditional string instrument from Mongolia with a history of over 4000 years, I find the sound and melodies transporting me to another world. An imaginary mythical place with vast landscapes and endless horizons. In folklore, an erhu player embarks on a journey to play the instrument in a tranquil place, to bring the player into peace and harmony with the self and with nature.

Detailed creatures of the natural realm paired with fantastical scenes of the imagination have created a signature style. An oeuvre that has become widely awarded and that can be found in esteemed private collections on a global scale.
Essentially, she creates imaginary worlds composed of photographed parts of nature and locations across the globe.
Her work can be summarized in three ways -
Authentic, Imaginative, and a longing for beauty.
Cheraine Collette born in the Netherlands in 1993, graduated in 2015 in Photographic Design at the Fotovakschool University of Applied Photography.

Awards Since 2019, in the course of 2 years, Cheraine Collette has won over one hundred prizes, consisting out of 1- overall winner, 8 -1st prizes, 4 – 2nd prizes, 2 – Platinum, 17 – Gold, 20 – Silver, 5 – Bronze, and 74 – honourable mention & Highly Commended in internationally acclaimed photography competitions such as the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris(PX3), the Neutral Density Awards (ND), the Fine Art Photo Awards (FAPA), the International Muse Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (2020), the Pollux Awards, the Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) and the Creative Siena Awards, and more. BOOKS- She published her first book with a multi-award-winning body of work in 2020. Like her work, her books have also won several international awards (Gold in IPA, PX3, TIFA, MIFA). She continues her practice currently in her studio in Otterlo, the Netherlands.