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Saskia Dingemans: Photographer of the week

by Yvette Depaepe

Saskia Dingemans  has her very own style, always capturing deeper emotions in her beautiful work.  It gives her images much more meaning than just recording landscapes, seascapes, forest shots.  Her photography is purely emotional and all her images have a soul.  Saskia wants to share her feelings in the processed images and succeeds so well on that purpose.  Most of her work is impressionistic with a mystical, sometimes dark and dramatic touch using the light in a way that reminds the Old Dutch Masters. It was a real pleasure to lead this interview and to know a little better the romantic soul of Saskia hidden behind her photographs. Enjoy...


Dear Saskia, please briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs?
Thanks a lot for the invitation, dear Yvette.
I was born in Breda, Holland.  I was married to Hans and helped him to build up his medical practice for 10 years .  Unfortunately he died very young . After a difficult time I decided to start an atelier for ceramics  and interior designing in our farm.
At that time, I also travelled a lot to Mali “The Dogon Valley”, Yemen, Madagaskar essentially for their beautiful primitive architecture and nature.
Because of serious health problems and surgeries, I had to stop my activities.
After a journey to Cuba, I realized that I should buy a good camera and that photography could become a most interesting hobby that I still was able to do.


“Forest of dancing trees”


“Black Magic”

How has your history and life experiences affected your photography? 
Which are your most important experiences that has influenced your art?
My travels, my work as an interior designer and my self and my self conceived jewellery, the 25 years I lived in a beautiful natural environment and my health influenced me the most.

What first attracted you to photography?
What first attracted me was that I could go everywhere with my camera.  It is a never-ending learning process stimulating my creativity. Because of my creative work in the past, I learned to observe and to make good compositions. These tools helped me with my photography.  A very important aspect is that I can translate my deepest emotions into pictures and that I can play and paint with light.  It makes my world bigger, more interesting and more beautiful. For me photography is always “manipulated”, even analogue photography, because you have to choose the ISO, diaphragm, shutter speed, film rolls from different brands and so on.  That's my personal opinion. To me, photography nowadays goes more and more direction designing with all the tools we have such as Photoshop and other programs.  I like a lot this aspect too.


Fifteen years ago I started with macro and micro photography.
I used my knowledge acquired in the past to create abstract macro pictures from parts of flowers in a way that you could not recognize the flower any more and I also loved the fact that I could make an invisible world visible. It felt like a magician because I could change reality into new dimension by playing with diaphragm, focus, bokeh.  But after a while, my physical problems didn't allow me to go on.  So , it's my body who decided which direction I should go.  Today, it's nature, landscapes and Fine Art photography.

Describe your overall photographic vision.
I  don’t make a picture of what I see but I always make an impression of what I see . My intuition and deepest emotions in combination with technique are guiding me to achieve the result that I have in mind . I take my time, observe very well my environment and I am always looking for aspects as, poetry, surrealism and drama, mystical or magical light that reminds me a bit of the Old Dutch Masters like Ruisdael especially in places like Kinderdijk with all the windmills or Domburg at the sea,  or the forest near my house, and off course Iceland.  I feel free to use tools as Lightroom or Photoshop to reach my goal. It gives me the opportunity to express my emotions and to put my signature on my images.  Unfortunately I am not very good in Photoshop and would love to learn more about all the interesting possibilities.


"So Dutch"


”Frozen in Autumn”


“Dramatic Godafoss”

Your work is very diversified but you have your very own style, whatever the subject is.  What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
It depends of the subject .Technical perfection is important  .When you know your camera, you have more possibilities for better and creative results, but,… the mood and story behind my images are more important.




What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer? Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?
I always consult the weather forecasts when I have something in mind. One time the weather prediction was bad with big Dutch clouds and hail.  I took my car and went to Kinderdijk with the famous windmills in the hope I could make the picture that I had in mind with dramatic Dutch clouds and light that reminded me of the Old Dutch Masters.  At the end of the day I was cold and tired, so I went to my car and I saw that the result was not good enough. I rested for 15 minutes and forced myself to go back to give it another try , and  then, suddenly this beautiful magical light came through the dramatic, dark clouds . The light of Ruisdael that I had in mind . I was so excited and it was  so worth all the waiting and cold. Finally I was very happy with the result.



Photography to me really is observing and waiting for the right moment . When it's foggy, I love to go for a walk in the forest observing and waiting to see people and dogs passing by to make that perfect composition that adds some dram or mystery to the picture and to the story of the people just passengers who are on their way. Mostly, I take those images from a distance.




What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
Mostly I use my Sony a7R
Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/16-35
Sony FE 4/70-200
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar FE 1,8/55 ZA
Tripod Sirui
Lee filters
Big Stopper
Little Stopper
Lowepro bag

What software do you use to process your images?
I use Lightroom, Photoshop a bit and sometimes Redfield or Luminar.

Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
I work on the composition, light, contrasts, saturation, shadows and get rid of dust spots. I put my pictures in maps and I have an external hard disk for a back up. When working in  Photoshop, it always is very intuitive, trying out things fitting me and the image. 

What is your most important advice to a beginner in Photography and how do you get started?
I am going a lot to the forest near to my place. Because of that I became better and better with forest pictures.  You learn so much by seeing the trees through the forest, by going often to the same place.



“Frozen in Autumn”

It is also a challenge to make every time a good and different picture from the same location. It forces you to observe, feel and concentrate. Take your time and wait for the right moment . Using a tripod can help, choosing a specific theme too.
Don't be afraid of playing with ISO, diaphragm and shutter speed.  Try to discover what fits the best.  Must most of all, do what makes you happy and gives you energy.

Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?  
Robert Doisneau , Paul den Hollander, Teun Hocks , Manray...
On 1X  I love the work of  Veselin Atanasov, Gilbert Claes, Carmine Chiriacò, Franz Staab and so many others.
They are inspiring to me and give me the energy to become a better photographer. It affected my  photography in a way that I learned to take my time and that it is very important to develop your own style.

Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
There are so many good photographers that I do not have a specific photo in mind.

Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
I would love to travel more to places who are interesting long exposures and Fine Art like Normandy, Bretagne, Island Skye, Romania, Georgie, Galicia.  I would also love to travel together with a few photographers who have the same spirit, in a relaxed way. My wish is that I may continue my photography for a long time.  My biggest goal is that people recognize my work, my “signature” and that they enjoy it .

Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
It is so difficult to choose a favourite picture. Stockness, Iceland is a very special place to me for its wideness, roughness, silence, light, drama, magic and poetry. All these aspects are coming together in this picture for me.


Is there anything else you wish to add  and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
1X to me is the place to be. The best photo site I know to inspire me and to get the energy to become a better photographer.


"Back to the past"

“Blowing snow”


“The first snow”


“The walker”


An interview that showed us a great person as well as a great photographer. When a few years ago I returned to take photographs, I found inspiration in the work of some photographers and one of these it Saskia. Thank you Saskia for sharing your beautiful images and thanks Yvette for this interview. hello Ale
A huge thanks ,dear Alessandro for your beautiful words . Gr,Sas
Very interesting interview and fabulous photos. Congratulations for excellent photo work Saskia, thank you for the interview and editing & publishing Yvette.
Thanks a lot ,dear Miro for your nice command. Gr,Sas
Schitterende foto's Saskia en proficiat met deze meer dan verdiende publicatie.
Dankjewel voor je mooie reactie Theo. Gr,Sas
Congratulations for your wonderful portfolio,Saskia!
Thanks a lot .dear Julien.cheers!!!
Een zéér verdiende 'in the spotlight' Saskia! In je werk laat je inmiddels een duidelijk signatuur zien: je beelden zijn herkenbaar en dat is waar veel fotografen naar streven maar niet altijd lukt! Keep on the good work, we all enjoy!
Dankjewel voor je mooie woorden ,Huib . Liefs,Sas
Thank you, Saskia for sharing your story and your wonderful images. For sure, you have your own style and a marvelous gallery. Keep up the good work!
Thanks so much for your beautiful words ,Bjorn.
Images of rare beauty, real paintings, I really like Saskia's work. The atmosphere, the mystery surrounding his images and the captivating light that illuminates his landscapes fascinate me. Thank you very much Yvette for this wonderful interview and marci to Saskia for his splendid work !!!
A huge thanks for the big compliment , dear Thierry.Much appreciated .
Mooi en inspirerend interview. Je bent een van mijn favoriete fotografen en hoop dat er nog veel beelden van je volgen. Gefeliciteerd.
Heel veel dank voor je mooie woorden ,Piet. Gr,Sas
Knappe beelden en boeiend interview ! Proficiat Saskia !
Dankjewel voor het compliment ,Eddy.
Prachtige beelden en een mooi verslag, Saskia, van harte met dit eervolle resultaat!
Dank voor je mooie woorden ,Jacob. Gr,Sas
Saskia - Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition! Your photography is distinctive and inspiring in its own right. Wonderful interview Yvette. Warm Regards, Rob
Thanks so much ,dear Rob for your nice command.Cheers!!!
Thanks, dear Rob!
congrats dear Saskia!!! well deserved
Thanks,dear Carmine . Much appreciated . Gr,Sas
Dear Yvette, Many thanks again for the interview . I am proud and so happy .You made my day . Have a Lovely day, Gr,Sas
No thanks, Sas. You're a great and most inspiring photographer. Have a lovely day too ;-) Cheers, Yvette
Thank you, dear Yvette, for leading this interesting interview! Your portfolio is amazing and your style - unique, Saskia! Many congratulations!
Yep, Saskia is a great artist, Marius. All pleasure is mine ...
Thanks so much,dear Marius for your beautiful words . Greetings,Sas
Saskia congratulations . My compliments and recognition for your work. Beautiful images. Thank you Yvette. Best whises Jois
No thanks, Jois, all my pleasure, believe me!
Thanks a lot,Jois .Much appriciated . Cheers!!
Congratulations and thanks for the great interview! Saskia, you are from my favorite authors! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! Thanks to Yvette too! Nice day everyone!
My pleasure to publish the interview with Saskia, dear Veselin! You both are soul photographers each with their own style. Cheers, Yvette
Thanks so much,dear Veselin for the nice reaction. Gr,Sas
Congratulations, Saskia! You deserved this special exposure.
Thanks a lot for the nice command , dear Lou. Greetings,Sas
These photos are familiar to me for a long time, this special, often magical style. This is a picture viewing interview. It seems that I visited the museum. Great pleasure. Thank you Saskia. Thanks Ivette. How I like your magazine, Yvette. It has become for me the most important section of the site. :)
Thanks for being a faithful reader and big fan of the 1x magazine, Vlad. Glad to hear that it is an important section of the site to you (and to me too, believe me!). Cheers, Yvette
A huge thanks for your beautiful words ,dear Vladimir . It is touching me . Gr,Sas
I took full eyes, beautiful picture, congratulations to Saskia, and thank you for the interview of Yvette
Thank you, Thierry! I'm a big fan from Saskia's work ;-)
Thanks so much .dear Thierry for your nice command. cheers!!!